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Patch Kit(7 posts)

Patch KitBroomwagon
Mar 31, 2002 5:28 PM
I had to Use my last patch to fix a flat today. Forgot to buy a new patch kit the last time I was at a shop. Should I stick with the glue type or the self-adhesive type? I think Park makes a self-adhesive version.

I've never tried the self-adhesive type and was wondering how well they work.

Worth the EffortJBurton
Mar 31, 2002 7:12 PM
The self adhesive patches that I have used really suck. I have not tried Park, and the one I did try was in a really dusty MTB situation (could have been the fault). The time that it takes to scrape the tube and let the glue dry is not that big of a deal to me. And, even the cheapo glue patch kits work well.
Carry bothMe Dot Org
Mar 31, 2002 8:12 PM
I carry both the glue kind and the glueless Park kind. Why? One time I was stuck in the middle of nowhere and flatted. I pulled out my path kit, which I hadn't used in some time, and the rubber cement had solified - totally unusable. After a while a good samaritan came by and gave me her patch kit - I still think of her as Our Lady of Carbon Fiber.

I carry the Parks as a backup. The weight is insignificant, and you never know...

BTW, I had a flat today, and another rider stopped to see if I needed help. We started talking about patch kits, and he loves the Park, and has never had a problem with them. But that certainly the consensus on this board.
Save 40 seconds, patch at least twice, maybe more...retro
Apr 1, 2002 8:18 AM
Every self-adhesive patch I've ever tried has absolutely sucked. They may hold for awhile on mountain bike tires, but I've NEVER had one last more than a few miles on high pressure road tires.
Even the people who defend them here (this has come up before) say you should peel them off and put on a "real" patch when you get home. So you spend, what, 40 seconds putting on glue and waiting for it to dry, and get a permanent repair that's stronger than the original tube. Or you can put on a patch that has about a 50/50 chance of falling off and when you get home, you have to do the job over again anyway? That's the definition of a no-brainer.
40 seconds?jtolleson
Apr 1, 2002 9:16 AM
I've always let the glue get tacky about 3 times that long. Between locating the leak, sanding, gluing, and patching, it is a minimum 5 minute ordeal.

But ditto on the suckiness of the glueless patches for road tires.
40 seconds?siclmn
Apr 1, 2002 9:26 AM
The thing about the self-adhesive patch is that the glue never dries. That is why they fall off later. Do not use them.
How often do you get 2 flats in one ride???Kerry
Apr 1, 2002 6:25 PM
I carry a spare tube and Park instant patches. The only time I've had to use the Park patches is when someone forgot their spare tube or their spare had a leak. (What, you think I'm giving them MY tube???). I've heard all kinds of stories about Park patches not working, but I've probably done a half dozen of them over the past 4 years, and every rider has gotten home without problem. You still want to peel them off and replace them with the real thing ASAP, but they will get you home. I've seen the dried out glue tube thing, so I see the Park system as more reliable, despite all the complaints you hear on this board.