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    Should I patch my tire

    I am happy to report I got my first flat tire since I started commuting on my bike again. I was sort of dreading it because I am not mechanically inclined and have not changed a flat in years. I had everything I needed in my backpack though and it only took me about 10 minutes to put the new intertube in and I was on my way. Those little bike pumps are not any fun.

    My questions is whether it is worth patching intertube that went flat or just to throw it away. I have a couple of spare new tubes.

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    Personally, I hang on to the blown tube to use for other things (recycle) and use a new tube in the tire. I don't flat often and tubes are relatively cheap. It gives me piece of mind.
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    Good quality patches are reliable and foolproof. Throwing away a punctured tube is a waste of money.
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    If nothing else, you should attempt to patch it in the comfort of your house for practice. The day will come that a patch will be the difference between riding and walking home. Knowing what you're doing ahead of time will save a lot of hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spider-man View Post
    Good quality patches are reliable and foolproof. Throwing away a punctured tube is a waste of money.
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    come on baby patch my tire

    come on baby patch my tire

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    Been patching tubes and have not had any problems. I had a tube with 7 patches on it before i threw it away.

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    patch it. its so easy and simple to do. saves you like 10 bucks (depending on the quality of the tube) and the patch, if done correctly (not too hard to fail) should last ages.

    i still have my stock tubes, soo many patches on that beast and still going strong.
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    Thanks - I am going to patch the tube. I got another flat on the way into work this morning. Hope I don't get another flat on the way home again because I don't have another spare with me or can't patch the bad one until I get home tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mepi View Post
    Thanks - I am going to patch the tube. I got another flat on the way into work this morning. Hope I don't get another flat on the way home again because I don't have another spare with me or can't patch the bad one until I get home tonight.
    Was it the same wheel? If so, there might be something inside the tire casing that's causing the flats (a wedge of metal might've worked its way through the tire or something). Next time you have the tire off, check the inside of the tire carefully (use a cotton ball) to see if there's anything in there.

    Oh, and +1 on patching.
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    agreed on the 'patch it' thought. Also, whenever you have the tires and tubes off, whether for a flat or for changing out gear, it is a good time to inspect the inner rim, the tubes, and both the inner surface and outer surface of the tires. I have found stuff lodged in my tires that was only a ride or 2 from getting to the tube, and likewise found stuff that had worked through, but not punctured yet. Mostly on older tires, and more when I was mountain biking more, but it is good practice.

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    Definately patch!!! Don't let the tube manufactures who spread road hazards on your commute win!
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    It is the same tire as the flat from yesterday. I will take it off when I get home and inspect the tire and rim. Thanks for the tip.

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    I don't carry spare tubes, just patches. I haven't ruined a tube since I was a kid and left the brakes maladjusted and ruined the tire and subsequently the tube.

    I always run my hand around the inside of the tire when patching to find the offending thorn if it's not obvious from the outside (e.g. goat head) - almost always find one that would probably cause another flat right away.

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    The only time I won't patch is if it is near the valve. Otherwise throwing out a tube with a puncture is wasteful of money and resources.

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    I always patch. That said, a couple of weeks ago I had my first flat in a couple of years, and it was due to a patch cracking in the middle and leaking. To be fair though, that tube has probably 10,000 miles on it and is 3 years old, so I should probably have replaced it by now anyway. I think it would have cracked soon even without the patch. And it was a cheap KMart patch.

    I think I'll start using a paint pen and put purchased/in service writing on them and replace them after a couple of years.
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    Being a belt and suspenders type guy, I carry both a tube and a patch kit. 99% of the time I'll just replace the tube and throw the old one in the bag to be patched later. The other 1% is when you get two flats on the same ride.
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    Patch kit costs about $2 and will repair 6 to 8 tubes. Tube costs about $5. Keep a spare tube with you so that you can do the patching at your leasure at home. Just be sure to use the sand paper to rough up the rubber where you need to apply the patch. I forgot to do that once and couldn't figure out why it was so hard to get the patch to stick... I should have known better.

    Buy a good pump! I my Topeak Road Morph G pump (the one with the pressure guage). No problem putting 110 PSI in the tire. Because it has the little hose you can press against the ground so it is much easier to use that the old hand pumps. I had a cheap ($9) pump and it was useless. I was hard pressed to get more than 40 PSI in the tire. At $25 (on sale) a good pump costs more, but it should last a long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mepi View Post
    Those little bike pumps are not any fun.
    In what way? What's so bad about them?

    (I use a mini telescopic pump. I don't even *have* a "proper"/foot pump.)

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    +1 on patching. I carry a tube and install it on the road. Then wait till I have a few before patching. Also, once they are patched, I air them up and let them sit a few days to make sure I didn't miss anything before deflating, rolling and readying for reuse.

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    Patch and use it for a spare...you can never have too many inner tubes. I have waaaayyy to many bikes so any time I find tubes on sale I buy at least 3 of each size. I typically carry a couple of different ones in my big saddle bag so I can help out a fellow cyclist if need be.

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    As has been said, Topeak Road Morph pump. You can hit high pressures no problem. I still prefer to top up at home with my compressor (duh) but on the rare occasion that I flat the road morph is the easiest to use pump I've had (though that's not a lot; a collection of 2 or 3 mini pumps)

    But you'll find many discussions here where a dozen people recommend this pump. It's worth the money.
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    i called out yesterday from work to take care of matters, including:

    -patching 7 road tubes
    -patching 2 mountain bike tubes
    -discarding worn bn 700x23 kv tire
    -mount new irc 700x28 kv belted tire

    i could not repair flat/rear on monday's commute home, forgot patch kit/tubes.

    i triple endorse topeak road morph pump, a worthy tool!!

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    something I did not see mentioned here:
    Always align the label on the tire with the valve. I always place the label directly opposite from the valve stem. That way if you find leaks in a consistent place on the tube you know about where to look for sharp unwanted things in the tire.
    Using a pump with a hose like the road morph really helps take the strain off of the valve and helped me eliminate most flats from around the valve stem.

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