This hack only needs garbage material, it’s easy and it solves a very important problem that causes good tires to be thrown away. Sometimes due to impact with a sharp rock, most of the others due to aging, tires are destined to die young . But they don’t just die, the deteriorate like us, after awhile they are loosing tread and holes are starting to appear on the sides. You can’t do anything about the tread, but you can do something about the holes. You can patch it, as you do with your inner tubes!
The technique is very simple and the end result can last for years.
It’s a very valuable hack to know if you are touring abroad and a hole in your tire is causing you problems!
You are going to need:
– needlenose pliers
– Trash can
Now, cover the hole with a folded in half piece of the trash can. The aluminum piece doesn’t have to have holes at this stage, you can make them while its on the tire with the needle . Use needlenose pliers to hold the needle for easier work. It should look like the picture 2. but with bigger piece of the can so it can cover more area around the hole.
Now put the tire and tube back on the wheel and you are ready to go!
Mike in the comments mentioned that a piece of tire could be used as well instead of the aluminum can. An other reader, Michael varified this by sharing his experience using a recycled tire in a refugee camp :
When we were still low on spare tyres in our refugee camps bicycle work shop last year, we used to use pieces of old tyres to patch some of the worst holes. We called it “GDR technique” because it was known to some of us from that time It works without problems. Just use some plain profile tyre, You’ll need a considerably bigger piece than the metal patch you used here to make it sit tight inside. The inner tube adapts just fine to it and no stitching is needed..