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Sep 15, 2003 12:25 PM
So I started running 115 psi on my tires (Axial Pros), and since then, which was saturday, I've gotten two flats.

When I ran 110 I never got any. By the way, I'm 6'2" and 190ish, okay 194.

Clearly, I'm going back to 110 (Axial Pros), but here's my question.

If you get a flat, do you throw the tube away or patch it.

I'm at work, I've got all the stuff with my bike (new tube if necessary) and there's a bike shop 100 yards away. Meaning, I could toss the flatted tube (which was new Saturday) and get a new one, plus spare.

Is patching only for on the road emergencies? Thanks.
Sep 15, 2003 12:33 PM
Patch it. If you do it right it will outlast the tire, even a "glueless patch". But then if you have money to burn...

OK I realize that a tube is(can be) cheaper timeismoney wise but why be wastefull?

I patched and now feel better. thanks. nmlotterypick
Sep 15, 2003 2:48 PM
...if i didnt patch, i wouldnt get home. nm.Steve_0
Sep 15, 2003 1:00 PM
It's quite simple, reallyKerry Irons
Sep 15, 2003 4:36 PM
Buy good tubes (my current preference is the Michelin ultralight butyl) and carry a spare tube. Patch everything but a tube tear, seam failure, valve separation, or where patches have to overlap. I wear out 5 tires a year, but at most throw away 2 tubes a year. Patches are cheap, and if they don't work for you, you have a technique problem. Patched tubes are no more likely to flat than new tubes.
I went to a shop to buy some patches, because I had a boxbill
Sep 15, 2003 6:45 PM
full of punctured tubes that I thought I would like to reuse. The mechanic said, we don't sell any patch kits but these little on the road thingies because we don't think you ought to patch your tubes other than in a pinch (pun intended, I suppose).
So, you're telling me this guy is in the tube-selling business rather than in the patch selling business for less than altruistic reasons?
Tube cost him $1.00-$1.50 and he sells for $4.00-$5.00TNRyder
Sep 15, 2003 7:27 PM
A patch kit costs him maybe $.75 and he sells for $1.99. I'll let you do the math.

The only other explanation I could come up with is that he may be a tube snob.
dont forgetSteve_0
Sep 16, 2003 8:49 AM
the 1.99 patch kit is good for about a dozen repairs. The 'tube method' is good for one.