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View Poll Results: Do 50+'rs Patch Your Tubes?
Always 26 28.89%
Never 25 27.78%
Sometimes/Usually 38 42.22%
What's a tube? 0 0%
I have tubeless 0 0%
Someting else 1 1.11%
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Old 12-03-07, 12:17 PM   #1
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Do 50+'rs Patch Your Tubes?

Do 50+'rs Patch Your Tubes?

How many of you repair your own tubes?

I am sitting here patching 3 tubes zapped by goatheads, and I was just wondering if anyone else does?

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Old 12-03-07, 12:23 PM   #2
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If it rains on a day that I normally ride (perhaps 1 day out of the year here in LA) I would instead spend a couple of hours patching all the punctured tubes I've accumulated during the year.
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Old 12-03-07, 12:24 PM   #3
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Of course. The average hole in a tire represents what percent of the surface area of the tire? I'd feel so stupid if I didn't patch.

I patch the tires on site. Its a break from my riding.
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Sure do.....untill there are too many patches and the tube gets replaced.

By my standards, 3 or 4 patches are the limit after which I decide that the tube has been abused enough by going flat and needs to be replaced. 2nd, patches should never overlap.


But then I haven't had a flat outside of my shop in about 3 years.
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1. If it's a leak at the valve, I don't patch it.
2. If it's a blow-out (huge hole!) I don't patch it.
3. If it's slow-leak and I can't find the hole, I don't patch it.
4. If it's been patched 4 times (or more) already, I don't patch it.

Otherwise, yes, I patch tubes. I prefer Rema patchs but I find that any old rubber cement works just fine.

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Old 12-03-07, 01:02 PM   #6
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Even I have patched two tubes this year. But I haven't reused either of them yet.
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Only if I get 2 flats on one ride...the first flat gets fixed with a new tube that I carry in my seat bag.

On the extremely rare times when I get a second flat during the ride, I use a Park Glueless patch. This happens about once every 2 or 3 years.
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I don't even carry a spare tube with me. I've never ripped the valve stem out, and I've never had a blowout so bad that I couldn't fix it with a standard patch or two.
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Old 12-03-07, 01:16 PM   #9
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I voted "something else" -- which means I don't patch 'em if I can get someone else to do it for me.

Otherwise, no.
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[QUOTE=BlazingPedals;5737562]I don't even carry a spare tube with me. I've never ripped the valve stem out, and I've never had a blowout so bad that I couldn't fix it with a standard patch or two.[/QUOTE]

I'm curious. How would one use two patches to fix one leak (or "blowout")?
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Tubes all fixed, temp outside 63F, 1:00 meeting canceled. Guess where I am going? Bye now!
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Always carry a patch kit alongside the spare tube and I always patch as I go. The spare tube is emergencies only. The only time I had to use that and I found that it had 6 patches on it so got home and bought 6 tubes to replace the Patched ones in the wheels. Used four of them so far as I reckon that 6 patches is enough on one tube. Counted 8 one one tube so about time they got replaced.
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Old 12-03-07, 02:53 PM   #13
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For some weird reason patching a tube is very therapeutic for me. Perhaps that is because it involves glue sniffing.

But seriously, I never throw away a tube unless it's beyond repair. It just makes sense.

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I argue with my inner tubes until they fall into line. Those who fail persuasion are shot.
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For some weird reason patching a tube is very therapeutic for me. Perhaps that is because it involves glue sniffing.

But seriously, I never throw away a tube unless it's beyond repair. It just makes sense.
They only get one chance with me

Glue and I have had some serious bonding issues in the past and I leave it alone.
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I know this is so wasteful and I have good intentions but I never patch. I always use a new tube. I have lots of "need to be patched" tubes just waiting on me in the garage. They just sit there and mock me!
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I do patch tubes but I don't get the chance very often. I seem to get 2 to 3 years or about 6,000 miles between flats.
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Notwithstanding the thrill I get from patching these things that takes me back to my full-time commuting days of yore, these days I'll keep a tube in service for no more than two years, patches and all. After that they find duty about the house and shop. "Back then", I'd have as many as six patches.
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I know this is so wasteful and I have good intentions but I never patch. I always use a new tube. I have lots of "need to be patched" tubes just waiting on me in the garage. They just sit there and mock me!
Well, looking on the bright side . . . at least you feel remorse !

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Tubes all fixed, temp outside 63F, 1:00 meeting canceled. Guess where I am going? Bye now!
Well, nice ride - went for almost 2 hours WITHOUT GETTING A GOATHEAD. First time with no goatheads in about 4 rides. YEA! No patching tonight.
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OK got out the dictionary again and there is a morse or mordere to bite.

I do feel bad about not patching. I know this gentleman, Rick you probably know him, Norm Moyer, who prides himself on his frugalness. His bike is literally a piece of sh**, the tires bald and the tubes have since been tubes and now are connecting patches. He got so excited when I offered up my old tubes but sadly his bike is schrader. I'm starting a collect others old tubes so Norm can use them fund. Please let me know if you are interested!

BTW - Norm regularly rides 50,000+ miles a year!
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I tend to buy tubes in those 10 for $15 deals. All of my rides are with groups so I always just replace the tube when I flat ... even carry 2 tubes and patches for really bad rides or to help those unprepared. When I accumulate a bunch of tubes with holes I will have a patch-a-thon.
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I don't even carry a spare tube with me. I've never ripped the valve stem out, and I've never had a blowout so bad that I couldn't fix it with a standard patch or two.[/QUOTE]

I'm curious. How would one use two patches to fix one leak (or "blowout")?
Snake bite flat. Two holes.
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Snake bite flat. Two holes.
OK, but I thought he was writing ablut a blowout. I've had a blowout - great big rip in the tube.
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