Can you fix a worn out bike tire with Gorilla Tape?
The Answer: Yes! Kinda.
I am broke. I don’t want to pay more than $10 for a 700c x 18–25c bike tire, new (ha!) or used. I ride my fixed-gear bike through the garbagescape of Los Angeles and it’s inner suburbs, and the maintenance on my fixie is easier than a road bike.
I’ve had my bike tire for more than a year. It put up my abusive demands of riding a total of 75+ miles per week, accelerating the tire erosion over time. It’s a terrible crime I punish my tire to absorb the brutal physics of transferring weight and speed upon my command. I’m riding the fixie up the hills, over the potholes, shattered car windows and sharp unknowns on the street. Lord knows how much sand it absorbs at the Strand from Torrance to Santa Monica on a sunny day. No bike tire deserves that kind of punishment, but i’m poor and I’m done objectifying the personality of a cheap tire in one paragraphic tribute.
When my tire exploded twice on a hot Saturday afternoon at the Strand in Manhattan Beach, It looked like Tetsuo’s veins mutated and exploded. The half-inch hole with fibers and wires sticking out as if my veins exploded from a deep slice on the wrist exploiting the vessels. I’m surprised it held up for more than 7 months, which is beyond stretching the bike tire’s longevity standards.
May the bike gods have mercy on the tire of the unknown brand at the garbage can. Then I realize I don’t have money to buy a new tire; I have a roll of Gorilla Tape.
So Can you fix a worn out bike tire with Gorilla Tape?
Yes You can fix a worn out bike tire with Gorilla Tape.
Gorilla Tape is designed to withstand up to 85 pounds of pressure. It’s approximately three times stronger than the closest ductape on the market in a popular mechanics lab test. Sounds like it’s a no-brainer to use Gorilla Tape to extend the life of my bike tire.
Let’s make it work:
1. Mark the weak spots of the tire with a sharpie. Inflate the tire with a new bike tube and mark the tire where it has bumps. A bump on the tire indicates a tire’s weak spot which can explode under normal riding conditions to an already worn out and stressed out bike tire. The tire should be inflated at least 15 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) below the tire’s maximum limit.
Remember: Gorilla Tape can hold up to 85 pounds. We’re adding it to a tire that can hold up to a 100 pounds of pressure.
2. Make a few strips of tape, no more than 10 inches, and place it inside the bike tire. Multiple strips of tape can hold the tire and easier to install.
3. Find your weak spots of the tire and make some gorilla tape strips on the tire by wrapping it over the tire.
4. By the time you finished wrapping up the tire with gorilla tape, Pump the tire at 80 to 85 PSI. This is the maximum limit of the Gorilla Tire’s suggestive weight limit.
Did it work?
I ride my fixie to test it’s strength at the Beach Streets Bike Ride. The City of Long Beach closed off 5 miles of streets from Cal State Long Beach to El Dorado Park for the festive event. Beach Streets is cicLAvia lite. I ride the fixie with two round trips on the route and it worked. A total of 13 miles without any problems except the expectations of wear and tear. I was elated and confident to show the world this works.
Did it really work?
I used the Tough and Wide Gorilla Tape and at $12 for a roll lasting 30 yards, it’s worth the price. Good luck finding used bike tires in the $10 to $20 range. There’s not a lot of DIY bike shops in this sprawled-out city-state like Bikerowave at Venice or The Bicycle Oven at Highland Park where there’s a good chance you may buy it at that price. I live in Torrance, and we used to have a DIY shop in Lomita before it closed up shop last year. Some bike stores may sell used bike tires, but don’t expect a steal if you’re haggling your local bike shop for a price. Those bike tires wear out every 6 months.
My other problem is applying Gorilla tape outside of the tire will expose it to wear and tear. It’s durable for maybe 15 or 20 miles of riding, but that’s probrably my guess of extending the life of a temporary fix. The next day, my tire was completely flat; My hour of labor deflated in 24 hours. It was a nice experiment while it lasted. So, TL;DR — Thank you for reading this far on the page, It works for a few hours. It’s not plausible to make this work in the long term. Boooooo -_-
I wonder if it’s too late to pitch a proprietary-DRM bike repair kit to a bunch of Venture Capitalists.