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Old 01-17-06, 12:13 PM   #1
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Patch kits

Does anyone have any reccomendations for brands of patch kits? I used to use the kits sold by my LBS under their store name, and I had no trouble using them. I would patch my tubes up to three times before replacing them. The store was sold to Performance a year ago, and I can't get their brand of patches to work. They seem too large for road tubes and I can never get them to seal. I've tried some of the Slime glueless patches and those will hold for a few hours, but the tubes will go flat overnight. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
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a patch kit is a patch kit?

What's the best, quickest, easiest, and strongest patch kit?
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Does anyone have any reccomendations for brands of patch kits? I used to use the kits sold by my LBS under their store name, and I had no trouble using them. I would patch my tubes up to three times before replacing them. The store was sold to Performance a year ago, and I can't get their brand of patches to work. They seem too large for road tubes and I can never get them to seal. I've tried some of the Slime glueless patches and those will hold for a few hours, but the tubes will go flat overnight. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
Personally, I don't like glueless patches, but if you must use them it's imperative that the tube surface be really clean. Go to a drug store and get yourself a box of alcohol wipes (used to disinfect skin for injections). They are all individually packaged and you can get a box of 100 for about $2. Keep a few of these in your saddle bag. Use the wipe to clean up the puncture site and make sure you don't touch that spot with your fingers before you apply the patch. If you are changing a rear tube, you can use the wipe to clean the crud off your fingers when you are finished.

Regular patches with glue are a far superior and usually permenant solution. Using the alcohol wipes for regular type patching helps that process, as well.
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Rema TipTop patch kits (the traditional type with the tube of glue) are first rate and never cause me problems.

Park glueless patches are the best of that type I have used.

I prefer the traditional type, but everyone has their preference.
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I have used LBS brands always with the best luck. I have also used a brand sold by Dick's Sporting Goods chain. CyclePro I believe. Anyway I have never had any luck with Slime products of glueless patches.
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I've never had any problem with the LBS patch kits. They sell them as a loss leader. They practically give them away during their annual spring sale. I buy a couple each season.
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I use aireon glueless patch kits...
supergo had them on sale for 99 cents so i had to buy a handfull(10)
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+1 for TipTop. I've got tubes on some bikes with more TipTop patches than original rubber...
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