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How many patch jobs on single tube?(11 posts)

How many patch jobs on single tube?DWridesGT
Jan 23, 2002 3:56 AM
I have a 700x20/23 tube that has 6 (SIX) patches on it. It is pathetic to look at, but still holds air like a brand new tube. I just keep patching it as needed (lot's of gravel roads). Can anyone beat 6 patches on one tube?? Is this normal or should I just let go of this rubber pincushion. Do you refuse to let your tubes die peacefully?
I do the same thing.Softrider
Jan 23, 2002 5:43 AM
I think that both tubes on my bike have at least 5 or 6 patches on them. I don't see any reason to get rid of a tube after just one flat.
re: How many patch jobs on single tube?daniel
Jan 23, 2002 5:51 AM
I had a tube that had 27 patches in it. It still held air. I eventually retired it. I figured that I got my money's worth.

27 Patches!!! You da ManDWridesGT
Jan 23, 2002 6:08 AM
Wow, now that's got to be a record.
what am I doing wrong?slow-ron
Jan 23, 2002 7:08 AM
I've got mountain tubes with 10 or more patches but my success rate on road tubes is dismal. I scuff the tubes with sand paper, I clean with thiner, generous glus application, light the glue to heat it up, roll on clean patch after glue is dry. Put tube and tire on rim, 110 psi, pfsssssst, leak. Anything you guys do different?

Yes RonLone Gunman
Jan 23, 2002 7:38 AM
A patched tube gets retired to trainer duty and I never put a patch tube on the front wheel although I suspect that the leak will be slow if that is where the leak occurs, at the patch site.
what am I doing wrong?Daniel
Jan 23, 2002 7:39 AM
When patching tubes, allow the glue to completely dry before putting on the patch. If the hole is too big, toss the tube.
Make sure the area is clean. I have had success with Rema patches.

what am I doing wrong?dave woof
Jan 23, 2002 8:58 AM
I use sandpapper to scuff the tube, don't use thinner... put glue on the patch and the tube, (lots of it) and let it dry about half way. then put the patch on, and - here's a trick - put the patched area between two quarters and then clamp the quarters with pliers, and rubber band the ends of the pliers to hold them on the patched area. let sit for a few hours.. My patches always hold well. I use the patches with the zigzag tapered edges, I think Rema or something.
Finish with a little talcum powder later.

Also - don't use the new 'glueless' patches - ugh... worthless

My $0.02

Does this mean that....John-d
Jan 24, 2002 3:42 AM
you do not repair tubes at the roadside. In other words a hurried roadside repair is unreliable and the best thing is to take the punctured tube home and repair it there?

You can then carry that as your spare?
Patch until they overlapcory
Jan 23, 2002 8:20 AM
Six is probably about my average...It's not unusual to have more. Slapping on a patch isn't much work, and I've only had one or two fail in 30 years of riding. I just don't see any reason to toss a tube when there's nothing wrong with it but a tiny little hole...
I can't remember the last time I bought a new tube.Elefantino
Jan 23, 2002 8:56 AM
Although i'm not sure I have one with six patches, I do have many with at least three or four.


PS: Actually, I can't remember the last time I rode my bike, either, but that doesn't disqualify me from answering this question.