Mountain Biking - Spare, preglued, or gluable?
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09-06-02, 04:50 PM
Went for a ride the other day and got a pinch flat before I even got to the trail. So I patched it with preglued, but I got some grease off my hands on the patch so it didn't hold. Then I sent my friend back for a spare tube, BUT he got a pinch flat on the way back! :mad: That kinda spoiled the trip.
Anyhow, the question is, do you guys carry glueless patches, glueable patches or a spare tube with you when you ride, or do you trust the mountain bike angels, and do you have any wisdom to offer regarding your choice?
09-06-02, 04:56 PM
I carry 2 tubes and a glueless patch kit. There have been to many times when I needed a spare tube and a patch. I also cary a spare to help out those who are a bit slow to learn and those who are just forgetfull. I have been helped out many times by other cyclist because I felt that I would not need spares and ended up kicking my self in the a** for it.
09-06-02, 06:35 PM
1 spare tube and a patch kit, as well as duct tape... 100 mile an hour variety...
09-06-02, 07:25 PM
Spares, Spares, Spare. I hate patching. I am just too lazy for the amount I get flats 5$ for a tube is cheap.
I do carry a pacth kit for those times when I may run out of spares but as of yet haven't had to open them thank god.
Originally posted by Maelstrom
Spares, Spares, Spare. 5$ for a tube is cheap.
I carry a spare inner tube, a conventional patch kit with an unopened tube of glue, and several glueless patches, which I use in that order. I have not had good luck with glueless patches, as attractive as the concept is.
For each road bike, a full-size frame-fit pump, a pair of tyre levers, a spoke wrench, and a few small wrenches and hex keys round out my standard toolkit for rides up to 25mi/40km or so. I use a mini-pump on the mountain bike because of its low tyre pressure, but it does take alot of strokes to inflate a tyre!
09-06-02, 09:33 PM
Originally posted by pnj
I wish...I just don't pop tires. Lucky is more the term I would use.
Every tire I have ever popped has been a presta :D
I carry a spare tube and a traditional patch kit.
Using glue on a tube takes only a few seconds more than a pre glue and is more dependable.
09-06-02, 11:09 PM
I carry a spare tube as my first resort, and a packet of pre-glued patches. I also carry a couple of alcohol swabs to clean a punctured tube with. Cleaning the tube with a swab before applying a patch makes a world of difference.
09-07-02, 01:51 AM
I like the alcohol swabs idea. The patch probably would have held if I had been able to get my hands clean. As for the tube, I used my shirt. That didn't work with my fingers though.
How do people pack lots of extra gear. I use a wedge pack that has room for my patches, multitool, and either binoculars or a spare tube, but not both. I really like having the binoculars along, but enjoy solid tires a little better.
I carry 2 spare tubes and a glueless patch kit to use as a last resort. I have not needed it yet.
As far as carrying all of my stuff (lots). I carry it all in my camelback, including my pump. I like as little as possible banging around on my bike. The backpack is heavy when filled with water, but I honestly have never thought twice about it while riding.
I carry Park Tool chain tool and folding allen key set, a puncture repair kit, three generic tyre levers and a tiny Crank Brothers pump. I can't wait to get a Camelbak for my rides but I am totally brassic at the moment :( .
I use ultra-light (87 gram) tubes and have only ever used pre-glued patches. I've never had any problems with these. In fact, my rear tube has been patched for the last month with one of these, and it still holds air as well as the front.
09-09-02, 02:23 PM
Pre-glued patches wear out. I carry some for the times that I am feeling lazy (the swabs are an idea I plan to try) but primarily use gel superglue and old tubes I've butchered, plus, I always carry an extra tube - after the first time you need one you never go without.
09-09-02, 02:32 PM
I carry a spare tube and a glue patch kit it seems to bond better you can peel the glueless ones off.
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