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Tubes - Replace or Repair?(11 posts)

Tubes - Replace or Repair?Zman
Sep 26, 2003 6:54 AM
Before you nail me with the "I am cheap" comments please read the entire note.

For the past 8 years or so whenever I got a flat I just replaced the entire tube, I did not even consider a patch. I mountain biked and would get maybe 2 flats per year TOPS, and that was a bad year. Total cost was about 10 bucks and I threw away perfectly good repairable tubes, who cares.

Fast forward to 03'. I spend most of my time on the road these days and have had 7 flats thus far. It is getting irritating. I replaced the 1st 6. My last flat pissed me off because I did not have a spare tube (I have 4 tubes but the stem is too short for my 7701's), thus I put a patch on. It worked fine and only took about 5 minutes.

What do most of you kind folks (yea right) do?

Also, I ALWAYS use CO2 on the road, no pumps for this boy.

Sep 26, 2003 7:00 AM
Okay, I'm cheap and I can't see throwing out $3.00 worth of rubber when 99% of it is perfectly good. But the patched tire seems cursed. It always flats again...and again...and again...

Are you riding a new bike? New wheels? I flatted about 8 times in the front during that first summer. Never figured out the cause. Must have been something inside my rim that I couldn't find.
$3.00 TubeZman
Sep 26, 2003 7:14 AM
Kristin, where can I get a 3 dollar tube! Mine all cost between $6-$8. I see that performance has a sale on 10-packs ($19.99). These are heavier tubes but maybe that is what it takes.

My bike and wheelset are fine (Trek 5500 w/7701's), I keep catching very sharp rocks and they are ruining my tires also.

Oh, I'm not a weight weener.Kristin
Sep 26, 2003 7:20 AM
And we've already established that I'm cheap. I don't even look at the grams. Just the price tag.
$3.00 Tubeal0
Sep 26, 2003 7:42 AM
I don't know when you can, but I know where can I :) has Conti Race 28 for 3.50, and Conti Race 28 Light (they are really light!) for 5. For 6 you may buy there Supersonic. The only drawback - this is in Germany. has Conti Race 28 tubes for $3.25desertmd
Sep 26, 2003 4:54 PM
Shipping is not bad if you buy a bunch of them.
replace on the road, repair at home- nmfiltersweep
Sep 26, 2003 7:06 AM
Here's my questionlotterypick
Sep 26, 2003 7:06 AM
Your on a group ride and flat.
They all stop and you replace your tube, rather than repair, as they want to get going but are being nice.

DO you repair the tube at home and then use it as your spare or do you use it as your real tube again by reinstalling it and use your good tube as the spare or do you just toss the tube.

I want repair but these guy are nice for waiting.
Use the repair - keep the spare virginbimini
Sep 26, 2003 9:09 AM
Used the patched tubes in my "training" wheels. Use fresh tubes in my racing wheels and as the spare in my seat bag.

I don't use the glueless patches anymore. If you try to inflate a glueless patched tube outside of a tire to find the next puncture the "glue" gives and the old patch wrinkles up and leaks afterwards.

I do keep glueless patches in my bike bag as a backup to the fresh tube.

PS: On a group ride I tell them to go on without me. Gives me a chance to show off and catch back up again.
Here's my answerAndy M-S
Sep 26, 2003 11:28 AM
I patch 'em at home, test 'em, and put 'em in the seat bag. This way they get rotated, though I probably only have a couple of flats per season. I do carry a patch kit in the bag, too, in case I have multiple flats (it hasn't happened in a long time, but it has happened...).
If you replace it, don't toss the punctured tube on the roadsideStraightblock
Sep 26, 2003 1:02 PM
I see tubes on the shoulder of the road on popular cycling routes on every ride. If I'm solo, sometimes I'll stop and pick them up to toss when I get home. IMHO, a cyclist who tosses his trash on the roadside isn't much better than the guy who tossed the bottle that caused the punture.