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Tubes: Patch or Replace?


View Poll Results: Do you patch or just replace your tubes.
I replace my tubes when they get holes. 15 28.85%
I'll patch a tube once or twice then replace it. 22 42.31%
I'll patch a tube 3 or more times. 10 19.23%
N/A. I've never gotten a flat. 5 9.62%
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Old 02-17-2017, 01:16 PM   #51
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Yep! Never the size or valve type I need at the moment though. Haha. Actually, I went to two bike shops in a part of town I'm not very familiar with to buy tubes for my new tires (26" narrow - in other words unusual size). One shop was closed for renovations and the other was "opening soon". I went home and found what I needed in my lightly used tube pile. One schraeder, one presta (I recently replaced the broken stock rear wheel, and decided not to drill out the valve hole). Also another presta to carry for a spare.


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Old 02-19-2017, 05:02 AM   #52
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Tubes: Patch or Replace?

I carry new tubes and a patch kit on every ride.
If I have time, i patch on the spot. If my ride is pressed for time, I use a new tube and patch the damaged tube at a later time.
I'll then carry the patched tube and use it at a later date.
If it holds air and I cannot feel it through the bars or seat, I'll use it.


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Old 02-20-2017, 07:29 AM   #53
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What I found that works well in keeping the patch on the tire for longer periods of time is to heat the tube with a hair dryer before you scrape it with sandpaper. I use press on patches and roll them down with small piece of dowel. After a few passes with the dowel, I heat the patch with the hair dryer again and roll the dowel over the patch again, while still warm. Doing this seems to bond the patch to the tire a lot better than just pressing it down with your fingers.
That's a good idea. I'll have to try that next time I have to patch a tube.

Reading about using a hair dryer brought back a memory from waaaaay back in the day when my dad would use a cigarette lighter to warm up the glue before he'd patch a tube. Said it would create a better bond.




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Old 02-20-2017, 03:20 PM   #54
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That's a good idea. I'll have to try that next time I have to patch a tube.

Reading about using a hair dryer brought back a memory from waaaaay back in the day when my dad would use a cigarette lighter to warm up the glue before he'd patch a tube. Said it would create a better bond.
My father did the same thing! Automotive patches, which you would thump, even under the balloon tires of the day (not giving away my age am I?).
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Old 02-20-2017, 04:07 PM   #55
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Another excuse to post a pic of my restored ride. Notice what I call my Fix a Flat sock. It contains a tube (with a patch), patch kit & tire levers. Those parts are wrapped in a pair of nitrile gloves (blue of course). I do ride in the rain. This method requires drying the sock after a wet ride, but everything in the sock remains dry.
Oh, and I recently added locking skewers, so a 5mm allen went in.
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I generally replace tubes but if I have the time I'll patch them. I rarely get flats though


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