Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Spokane WA
Bikes: Seven Axiom Ti, Trek 620, Masi cylocross (steel). Masi Souleville 8spd, Fat Chance Mtn. (steel), Schwinn Triple Bar cruiser, Mazi Speciale Fix/single, Schwinn Typhoon
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WATER? BUBBLES? THERE IS AN EASIER WAY!!
Just OVER-INFLATE the tube, any "tiny " hole will be far easier to find, because the hole gets oversized too!!!
And no finding/getting water or waiting for it to dry, before you can start patching.
After you patch the tube, over-inflate it again and hang it somewhere, ( overnight), to check for "success", and those*$#@ slow leaks.
It's even good to patch the tube with a little air in it, so the patch, ( Hmm, how do I say this), lets the tube inflate uniformly or is mounted on the tire at the size the tube will be when it's in the tube. I can't remember if someone showed me this or if there is a GOOD reason for doing this extra step, it just seems (logical) that the patch will last longer/work better it it isn't deforming the tube.
It's also good to always put talc ( talcum/baby powder) on the patch when you're done, to keep it from sticking to the tire. I KNOW this is a very good idea. It's also smart to put talc on a fresh tube when mounting it as it the tube/tire tends to run cooler, lasts longer and are easier to work with, because the talc keeps the friction from rubbing agianst each other at a minimum an prevents the tube and tire from sticking to each other and even cuts down on flats.
I used to know a guy who stored the Silk Sew-Ups, (Tubulars), he bought in bulk, covered with talc in a "donut" shaped tub to preserve them, but that 's another story.....
Ride Patched Up
Last edited by pat5319; 08-31-02 at 12:48 AM.