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Old 08-20-13, 08:30 AM   #1
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Zero flat record...broken

After a year and half of on and off commuting, I finally got my first flat. I was about one third of the way to work, and all of sudden the wheels feels weird. Stopped to inspect and sure enough, there is a metal stable stuck in my rearwheel, nice and tight. After I pulled it out and the wheel just immediately lost pressure. Bus to work with bike.

Bus was sooo slow. I should just have rode to work without pulling that stable out. Yes, I will be carrying a patch kit from now on...

And source of cheap 700c tubes? looked online, it's about 5-6$ for one! with bad review too. what brand do you use?
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Old 08-20-13, 08:33 AM   #2
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Whatever the lbs hands me. Usually 7 bucks but if you get a good patch kit, Rema is what I use, should only need one spare as long as it doesn't rip at the stem
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Old 08-20-13, 08:59 AM   #3
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Rode a tour of Western Ireland And Scotland on thorn resistant tubes , zero punctures .. its only failure
was the dreaded stem leak, once back stateside .. little under Pressure and tire creep, or just Fate, IDK
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Old 08-20-13, 09:50 AM   #4
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Just wondering, is patching of tire also needed? or can I just ride it as is?
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Old 08-20-13, 09:56 AM   #5
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Just wondering, is patching of tire also needed? or can I just ride it as is?
Depends on whether the tire is damaged. I usually (carefully) run my finger around the inside of the tire to make sure there is nothing there to repuncture a patched or new tube. Once it's clear I just go on about my business. If the tire is damaged, you can use a tire boot to get where you're going but then I would replace the tire.

I have failed to catch a little piece of something on the inside of a tire and just kept flatting.
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$5 isn't horrible, especially if you get a good deal on shipping -- how much was the bus fare?
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And source of cheap 700c tubes? looked online, it's about 5-6$ for one! with bad review too. what brand do you use?
Ever been to a store? Tubes are usually under $5.
Also, online reviews are usually pretty idiotic.

Carry an extra tube in a saddle bag. The patch kit is to get you home, don't intend for it to last as long as an actual tube. I use the Park tool no glue patches, they're easy and no mess. Never ride on a flat, your wheel will get ruined pretty quick.
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Carry an extra tube in a saddle bag. The patch kit is to get you home, don't intend for it to last as long as an actual tube. I use the Park tool no glue patches, they're easy and no mess. Never ride on a flat, your wheel will get ruined pretty quick.
This needs clarification. The no-glue patches are just to get you home (if they do), but a properly-glued patch will last indefinitely.
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This needs clarification. The no-glue patches are just to get you home (if they do), but a properly-glued patch will last indefinitely.
If you do it right.
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If you do it right.
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I said that.
$5 new tube gives me peace of mind and saves the time and hassle of doing a "proper" patch (picture a really heavy rain storm on the side of the highway or something).

If you keep the tires inflated to a proper psi and watch out for piles of debris, flats should be pretty rare (at least they are for me).. I think 5 bucks is worthwhile investment for something that happens maybe a couple times a year.

Different strokes for different folks. If you want to save a couple bucks, by all means patch that **** til its covered in them.
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You can get a Park vulcanizing patch kit with 6 patches in it for $2. If done properly, these patches are just as good as the original tube.

Still, I carry a spare tube for quicker roadside changes. My punctures are usually quite invisible until the tube is placed underwater, which I obviously can't do on the side of the road. I got my spare tubes at my LBS for about $5. I patch the punctured tube when I get home and then it becomes my spare.
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$5 new tube gives me peace of mind and saves the time and hassle of doing a "proper" patch (picture a really heavy rain storm on the side of the highway or something).

If you keep the tires inflated to a proper psi and watch out for piles of debris, flats should be pretty rare (at least they are for me).. I think 5 bucks is worthwhile investment for something that happens maybe a couple times a year.

Different strokes for different folks. If you want to save a couple bucks, by all means patch that **** til its covered in them.
Oh believe me -- I always carry a spare tube, and would never suggest carrying a patch kit without having a spare tube as the first-line defense.
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Old 08-20-13, 02:02 PM   #14
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Without trying to put too fine a point on this, how much does it cost to repair a flat car tire?
How far can you get on $7 worth of gas?
In the scheme of things, even when the most expensive tubes are cheap.
Live a little, buy two.
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