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Glueless Patches(9 posts)

Glueless Patchesgildomilo
Aug 5, 2003 5:38 AM
Does anyone use the glueless patches that Park has come out with? I'm wondering how well they work.
-Gil
They work, but only temporarily...Akirasho
Aug 5, 2003 5:44 AM
... they'll get you home in a pinch, but they don't conform to the tube (especially after the tube is either deflated, or loses air over time) as well as traditional glue patches... and eventually start to leak.

If weight and/or space are a concern... take 'em along... but for longterm patching, stick with the tried and true.

Be the bike.
They work, but only temporarily...boyd2
Aug 5, 2003 5:56 AM
I tried them and did not have good luck.

I carried these on my commuting bike for a short time. I got a flat and my extra tube was bad. I patched that tire about 5 times before ran out of patches. Each patch would get me a bit further down the road. I ran out of patches about 4 miles from home. My wife came out to get me.

I went back to old glue patches.
Good for last resortpmf1
Aug 5, 2003 5:54 AM
I carry them. They're small and light. Kind of a last resort measure. They'll get you home.
Or they work Very well...HAL9010
Aug 5, 2003 7:17 AM
I have one on my rear tube that is holding quite well. I have about 2500 mi on it.

It all depends on your "Skill" at preping the surface.
Second that (provisionally)The Walrus
Aug 5, 2003 10:33 AM
Used a Park patch about 3 months ago; I've only put a couple hundred miles on it since then, but it's still holding (haven't even had to add air...)
re: Glueless Patchespbraun
Aug 5, 2003 11:43 AM
I have had mixed results with Park glueless patches, but very good results with Performance glueless patches which I can wholeheartedly recommend
Glueless Patches fail for two reasons...biknben
Aug 5, 2003 11:49 AM
Butyl tubes have seams (ridges or whatever) that run lengthwise around the tube. I've found that if the hole happens to be right on one of those seams a patch will be more likely to leak.

Most often the surface is not prepped correctly which means the patch is doomed. The little sandpaper that comes with the kit has a purpose. You need to scuff the area and remove all the powder around the hole. The more you do this the better your chances.

Sometimes it just doesn't work. I've found more often it is the lack of prep work that leads to failures.

I pack one Park glueless kit in each of my saddlebags as a last resort. If I'm feeling cheap I will patch flat tubes at home every now and again (with glueless patches).
re: I use Park glueless patchesDINOSAUR
Aug 5, 2003 12:12 PM
I pack a spare tube (sometimes 2) and seldom patch on the road. That being said- I have been using the Park glueless patches for about a year. First-they won't work in the wet (most patches won't). Second-you have to carefully prep the surface with sandpaper or they will not stick. Third-you can't touch the glued side with your fingers. Forth-you have to take your time and press down hard on the patch with a hard object, such as the blunt end of a tire iron and make sure that the patch compeletly adheres to the tube (it should become almost invisible). If you fail to do one of these four steps the patch won't stick. I used a Park glueless to patch a sidewall that had blown and I made it home.