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puncture repair issueNoam
Dec 17, 2002 1:57 AM
How many times do you repair an inner tube before it is bin time.
Depends on the bikeEager Beagle
Dec 17, 2002 3:14 AM
and the repair. On the racer, I just put a new tube in, and relegate the hold one for training/commuting use. If the repair is to a small hole, I just put a decent patch on, and forget it - they last for years if you repair them correctly with a decent patch and rubber solution. If it's a large repair, or I have patched it with a glueless while out - I generally just hang it up - tubes are cheap, and I am always finding uses for old tubes.

They are wrapped around forks when bikes are hanging in the garage roof with no front wheel in, to stop me making holes in my head. Used as padding for light brackets, mudguard fittings etc, pads to stop the rack scratching the paint on the car, underwrap for the CX bars, MTB tubes are extensions on my commuter mudguard - the list is endless.
I toss most of my punctured tubesRickC5
Dec 17, 2002 6:35 AM
Just not worth the risk that the patch will fail. This is for road bike tubes. I'll patch a mtn bike tube once or twice before tossing.

I'll ALWAYS bin a tube that has the puncture right adjacent to a seam. Those always seem to fail for me.
Keep 'em until the patches overlapSilverback
Dec 17, 2002 8:39 AM
I've been riding nearly 30 years, the last 23 in the desert where the big thorns live, and I probably have >15 flats a summer. In all that time, I've had ONE patch failure, when Slime leaked out of a tube and lifted the patch (that's with conventional patches--I tried glueless for awhile, but half of them blew off).
I've never had a problem patching over seams, though I do toss anything that's ripped near the stem. Patches are permanent repairs; there's no reason to junk a tube for a puncture. Riding a mountain bike around here, even with a Mr. Tuffy, you could use $50 worth of tubes a month doing that.
I used to chuck my punctured tubes..DINOSAUR
Dec 17, 2002 10:22 AM
I got tired of messing with patches and glue that would not stick. Then I discovered Park glueless patches. Now I replace the punctured tube with a new one on the road and repair the punctured tube with a Park glueless patch when I get home. I then use the repaired tube as a spare. You just have to make sure to get all the air out of the tube so you can pack it in your seat bag or jersey pocket. Usually when I get 3 patches on one tube I toss it, but that's just my little quirk, probably just an excuse to buy something..
No kidding, you get glueless patches to stick?Silverback
Dec 17, 2002 10:48 AM
I was serious about my failure rate--it was 50 percent or more on road tires, probably lower on MB tires with less pressure. A couple of friends had the same problems. I finally decided that if I was going to have to fix a puncture with a "real" patch when I got home anyway, I might as well do it on the road and save one step. Only time difference is the minute or so it takes for the glue to dry.
No kidding, you get glueless patches to stick?DINOSAUR
Dec 17, 2002 11:41 AM
I got turned onto to the Park Glueless Patches on this forum. I've read that they are the only glueless patch that works worth a damn. I found the secret is to apply a lot of pressure to the patch to make sure it adheres. I rub it in using the end of a tire iron until it's invisible. If I could see worth a damn I'd just pack the Park's and forget about the spare tube, but old guys don't see that well. I think the Park Glueless Patches are one of my best finds..

Now if I could just find a decent road tire that doesn't cost the same as the my first new car back in 1968.....
Be real careful not to touch the sticky sidedzrider
Dec 17, 2002 11:41 AM
and smooth the patch out to the edges and you'll likely be ok. I don't get many flats and have had more trouble with dried up glue than I do with glueless patches. I ride on patched tubes and carry a new one for my spare.
A patch is as good as a new tubeKerry
Dec 17, 2002 5:54 PM
Those who "don't trust" patches either are acting on bad data or haven't learned to patch a tube. For me, tubes usually fail at the valve or develop a tear rather than any problems with patches. Between the 4 wheels of my and my wife's bike, I would guess we have 20 odd patches with no lumps, bumps, or other worries. Spare tubes usually have several patches on them as well and this is not a reliability problem. I would guess I've had maybe one or two patches fail in the last 70K miles of combined mileage between my wife and me.
re: puncture repair issuecarbs
Dec 18, 2002 3:50 AM
Depends on how many holes made the flat. Lots of stickers around here. My last flat had 5 holes, and the tube is history. One or two I'll patch.
re: puncture repair issue.........have FaithBlewByU
Dec 19, 2002 5:49 PM
Sometimes my Faith is weak in going out on a 100-mile
ride on a patched tube..so I change it for A fresh
one, and used the patched one as the spare in my
seat bag......62 miles into the group ride I got
a flat, "darn peice of glass". To my disbelief that patched tube got me home.
What can I Say??