Originally Posted by Merlincustom
What am I missing? Continental is saying both that it's fine, they're just wear indicators, but if you put a patch on it with duct tape you need to lower the pressure and use it only for a day or two? It's early and I might be dense.
I may have posted it with a little confusion. The wear indicators and the slash I got in the tire are two different things. After the flat, I looked at the tire and saw those holes and thought that they were the cause of the flat. I took the tire to the LBS and they said it was probably from the manufacturing process as the other Gatorskins they have in stock also have the two holes in the exact location. It wasn't until the guy at the LBS really looked at the tire that he found the glass cut that was the cause of the flat. I had missed the cut in the tire because I concentrated on the two holes rather than continue looking for other causes.
As for the wear indicators (the two holes in the photo), there is nothing to do for them. As for the slash I got from the glass that is where he told me that if I wanted some extra support when using a tube patch, I could put a small piece of duct tape over the patch. I didn't ask him, but I was assuming that the patch he was talking about was one of the self-adhesive tube patches. I don't think the duct tape is a good idea, even though some friends use it to patch their tires and ride on them until they need replacing. None of them have had a problem with it so far, but they don't ride as hard or as much as I do and I don't want to take the chance.
So after talking with the customer service guy, I stopped by an auto parts store and picked up a tire patch kit. Yes! They are still around. After applying a patch to the inside of the tire, I took some of the adhesive used for the patch and, using a toothpick, put some adhesive in the cut on the outside of the tire. I took a 25 lb. barbell weight and put it on a dumbbell handle and placed the weight over the patch and let it sit overnight. Checked it this morning and the patch is on there for good and I doubt it is going anywhere. Also, the adhesive sealed the cut in the tire to where you can't even tell there was one there.
As for the lower tire pressure, I'm not sure what he meant as I didn't ask after he came up with the duct tape idea. However, the Gatorskin's recommended tire pressure is 95 psi with a max of 120 psi. I ride them with 90 psi front and rear. Maybe he meant use them at 85 or 90 psi. Can't say for sure. Their customer service may have some wacky ideas, but at least they do speak English.
I think I feel pretty comfortable in using this tire as a spare for a day or two, if needed. It's like driving your car on one of those little doughnut tires. It may not be 100% reliable, but it's something I can use until I get a new tire on the bike.