The metal bead on my tire seems to have come out of the fabric in one spot, and so the tire no longer stays in the rim. Is it possible to fix this, or do I need to get a new tire?
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Unfortunately, if the bead is popping out, you're going to need a new tire. Your tube could have a blow out through the gap. You may want to inspect your brakes and make sure they were not rubbing on the tire. This could be causing pre-mature wear around the edge of the tire near the bead.
Patch from inside with thick strip of inner tube with rubber cement, stitch the patch in place with heavy duty nylon thread allowing @ least 1/4" to 3/8" clearance so as to not provide the tear any additional "path of least resistance" on which to travel, (grow). Ensure your stitches are tidy, evenly spaced and going the same direction as opposed to zig-zaging. When finished, your handwork should resemble the inside of a Jordan sneaker without the insole (as far as the stitches are concerned.