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Nail in tire ... Get a new tire??

Less than 100 miles on my new Bridgestone BT-016 tires ... and I got a nail in the rear (tire that is). Looks like about an 6D or 8D and only the head is showing. It's in at an angle, and when I pry on it with just the slightest pressure, air releases. Oh, BTW it's an inch or 2 from the center of the tire.

I can't believe after having 5 previous street bikes, I've never had a nail in a tire.

So ... does this require a new tire ... or is it fixable?

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new tire. I wouldn't plug a sport bike tire
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I've done it and had good luck with it. But mine was about 1/2 inch off center in a void.

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This is an ongoing debate...I worked in the industry for years and plug patched many many many tires with out ANY incidents. That being said it's only as good as the person that installs it.

Remember if you do it has to be a T-plug, plug patch or mushroom patch. Whatever they call it the tire must be dismounted and the plug installed from the inside.

One inch either side of centre is all I would ever do...

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If you ride aggressive, I'd replace it. If you ride at recommended pressures with occasional canyon carving, plug it correctly like nobody illustrated.

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Totally fixable since it's still a new tire.
My brother stepped on a big nail with his 500mile ridden BT-016 PRO last year. Came home, took the nail out with a pair of pliers and then repair it himself with a kit we have that looks exactly like this

He kept riding the bike like nothing has happened and in huge speeds (280km/h sometimes)........he is the straight-line-doing-300km/h-guy...
The tire was replaced after doing almost 7000km on this 240HP 'Blade

The tire was eventually replaced with the new S20s cause the cord skeleton of it showed up in the center.......240H:P is a lot for such a tire!

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I've had tires repaired in the same way as nobody showed and also ride fairly quick. & never had a problem.

I've also had punctures whilst on the move over the years and when a tire does deflate whilst riding - it's noticable enough to give some warning. A bike feels very sloppy when a tire has low pressure....

I always carry a repair kit much like Makis showed which also includes a couple of CO2 gas canisters.

It's a good habit to check tire pressures before each ride. If you have no time - Just a hard squeeze of each tire is enough to show it's inflated is better than not checking at all.

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Dont listen to all the sales bull, repair and ride as normal.
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I've done both the gooey rope plugs and the mushroom plugs from stop-and-go. Neither required dismounting the tire, and both worked very well. Whatever you do, DON'T use tire slime or any other liquid crap that you put through the valve stem.

Unless you are going to the track, I would repair it and forget about it. Just check your pressures like normal (before every ride, or once every couple days if riding every day). This is where 90 degree valve stems come in handy. They remove the excuse of "I don't have enough time" to check your tire pressures.

If you aren't handy with a set of tools and lack confidence in you're own mechanical ability, find a friend who has plugged tires before. Otherwise try finding a shop that will do it (not likely). If none of that pans out, buy a new tire.

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Also had the rope plug used on a rear tire when I had my old 'Busa.
No problems encountered.
Now if I had a mushroom patch/plug, I would've used one, as I think that's the best way to go.
But I had also used just the regular patch with no issues either.
If a really thorough job is done, they will hold for the street.
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