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Stop N Go Tyre Plugger Versus A Muppet

Blog Date - 06 March 2018

I did think about doing this as an education video, a guide. However it seems it emerged from the editing suite as a demonstration of how an ordinary chap like I works things out. 

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Reader's Comments

Ross said :-
WHAAAT! You can't leave it like that....did it get hard or did it go soft and flaccid?? ...if you see what I mean! :))

8/3/2018 12:02:40 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
What - you actually watched the video Ross?

I have bad, sad, terrible news Ross. The tyre is an old tyre. The tyre has moved on from being a useful circle of rubber into the realms of being ready for the big tyre heaven in the sky.

I'm afraid we will never know if the puncture repair was successful. We will never know if it was to become hard once more or remain flaccid for eternity.

Life is hard, life is cruel. All we can do is hope and prey that one day there will be a better life for both humans and tyres alike. :-(
8/3/2018 5:15:56 PM UTC
Snod said :-
Firstly, that tyre is nearly run in - I thought this was a site for skin flints??

Secondly, don't pull the end of the mushroom too much as you cut/trim the end off - I once did this, and the stem of the mushroom shrank back inside the tyre as soon as I cut it. A bit later on the plug fell inside and the tyre deflated. Lesson learnt!

But once you know how to use it, this is a great thing.
8/3/2018 10:40:44 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
I'm sorry if I upset you Snod. My humblest apologies, I admit I changed the tyre when it was but merely worn to the legal limit and not to the threads. I hang my head at my ridiculous extravagance.

I am learning that pulling the plug is a balance thing. Too gentle and the mushroom head won't snuggle up to the tyre for a secure seal. Too hard could pull it right out. I am grateful for your comment about not pulling hatd while snipping either. I figure just and only just enough tension to make a cut.

9/3/2018 12:03:29 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
Doing the repair on a worn out old tyre is one thing but the worst thing of course is that you actually wasted a perfectly good serviceable mushroom.

How can you live with such extravagance. Maybe ren's not so tight after all.
9/3/2018 8:43:41 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
He has probably super glued the tail back on Pete.
9/3/2018 11:02:34 PM UTC
Pocketpete said :-
No he would have saved it and made it into some sort of grommet type thing that would have fixed the thingymajig that makes the wheel turn the sprocket on the gearbox thingy that interfaces with the other thing.

I would of course gone to the shop and bought one. Then found out is wasn't in stock and had to back order it. Honda uk wouldn't have it in stock so I would have to wait for it to be sent from Japan. Then 3 weeks later it would arrive in Southampton docks. Then a week later it arrives at the distributors then a week later at my local dealers.
They would they ring me and of course i would be on holiday and come to collect it 4 days later only to find it was the wrong colour or that they would have inadvertently sold it to another customer as there is a shortage of that particular part (you know) as it has a design fault. Then I would have to wait all over again. Eventually I would be united with my missing part and at the same time parted from £ 75 of my retirement police pension.

In the mean time ren would have used the rubber bit he saved from thr mushroom to make the damn thing the following day and be back on the road wondering what all the fuss was about.

Maybe ren's got these things figured out and it's actually the rest of us who have it all wrong
10/3/2018 8:49:22 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Being a brave heroic and generally wonderful kinda guy... I bit the bullet and used a mushroom just to bring you this wonderful and enlightening video recording.

But yes I have recycled the mushroom as per Borsuk's suggestion.

Your story is all too familiar Pocketpete, that is why I became a bodger. Not enough patience and the grip on my wallet is too secure.

10/3/2018 7:51:40 PM UTC
Borsuk said :-
If he ever uses one in earnest I bet he takes it out when he patches the tyre, cleans it, glues the stub back on and puts it back in the packet as used but good.
10/3/2018 8:40:04 PM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
There's an ongoing debate as to whether or not the mushrooms can be left in as a permanent repair. The correct and strongly recommend advice is no - the tyre needs to be inspected and repaired by a qualified professional. However you will of course find lots of anecdotal advice that the plug will be "fine".

I personally....will keep my trap shut.
12/3/2018 10:55:20 AM UTC
Latchy said :-
Ahem, I used one of them on the way down to Italy, and all the way back home in 2015
Probably did 1300 miles with it in my rear tyre. When I got back home I had a look at it and it had worn lower than the rest of the tyre due no doubt to the fact it is made from softer rubber than my tyre, so very lucky there indeed, but coincidentally my tyre had also worn out so was only fit for the bin, maybe best to get either a proper repair or replacement tyre as soon as poss next time.
12/3/2018 8:52:37 PM UTC
John Almond said :-
Enjoyed the vid Ren..................I bought one of these kits about two years ago, maybe longer and had to use it within a few weeks of buying it, ran over a screw in the garage..........I plugged the hole exactly in the way you did and its still in and has never let any air out.
I have even used these on Joels car tyres...both front tyres and they worked fine.

27/3/2018 10:38:18 AM UTC
Ren - The Ed said :-
Cheers. They do seem rather popular and I have to presume it's because they do what they're supposed to do.

Thing is - I hope I never have to find out.
27/3/2018 11:22:48 AM UTC
Borsuk said :-
Got one the other day for the boys bike, he has national breakdown rescue but if you can fix it your self in 20 mins beats the heck of waiting 2 hours for a recovery vehicle.
No use on mine as my tyres are tubed and already filled with puncture sealant.
27/3/2018 6:33:45 PM UTC

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