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Can you use a regular patch kit on a latex inner tube?(7 posts)

Can you use a regular patch kit on a latex inner tube?Allezcomp
Mar 21, 2003 11:16 AM
After reading the post about what people carry on their rides, I got wondering if a patch kit would even work on the latex tube on my mtn. bike. Anyone have experience with this? I ususally use park glueless patches.
re: Can you use a regular patch kit on a latex inner tube?wackycyd
Mar 21, 2003 1:23 PM
'NO!', bin latex tubes if they're punctured, pretty much the same principle as with condoms, you wouldn't patch one up would you?

Use latex tubes on bike, but carry spare butyl tubes as back up, if they then puncture, then use the patches on these.

Wacky
re: Can you use a regular patch kit on a latex inner tube?mapei boy
Mar 21, 2003 4:28 PM
I disagree with Wacky. Whenever I've patched one of my latex tubes, it's worked great. No problems. Ever. I don't use any special patches, either.
you canclimbo
Mar 21, 2003 5:34 PM
but you are supposed to use a patch made of a spare latex tube instead of a regular "kit" patch. Sew-ups are patched this way all the time and many of those use latex tubes.
re: Can you use a regular patch kit on a latex inner tube?wackycyd
Mar 22, 2003 5:04 AM
OK, Mapei boy, I guess you're half right, all depends on what Latex tubes you're using though, if you're using Pariba Latex tubes, similar to Durex Featherlight's, lol, then no I'd just bin 'em, if they're Michelin's or Conti's, similar to Extra strength's, then maybe I'd have a go using Tip Top feathered edge patches.
The one ocassion I did try failed and from then on have done as per my 1st reply, and binned 'em, maybe I have more ££££££££, sorry $$$$$$$$ than sense or you have more time on your hands than I do.
(If your latex tubes resemble ribbed, then throw 'em without any consideration of a patch.)

That's it folks, no more publicity for Durex.

A case of each to his own, same goes with butyl tubes, no patches when punctured simply bin 'em as I can't be bothered mending them, well unless the dog is looking for a game of tug of war, then maybe.
re: Can you use a regular patch kit on a latex inner tube?mapei boy
Mar 24, 2003 11:56 AM
I used the patches (glueless) on a Michelin tube, and on an Air B. About six months after I patched the Michelin, it blew up with a mighty blast. The Air B (knock on wood...er, latex) is still going strong after about 18 months.
your supposed to use glueless-nmbenja15
Mar 21, 2003 4:32 PM