3. Now for the really bad questions. Remember I've only been on the bike for a couple of months. I've encountered my first couple of flats. Thankfully I had stopped off at the bike shop for a quick tutorial on how to get the tire/tube off. Even though I carry a spare I thought the best idea was to patch the existing tube until it didn't last any longer. My first patch job was with a self sticking patch. It went flat again a few days later and I replaced the tube. A week later the other tire ended up with a hole. Now for my newbie questions. Do you patch a tube empty, partially full or quite full? I picked up a different patch kit that uses a separate tube of glue. These patches are sandwiched between a piece of paper and some clear plastic. The patch itself is an orange circle with a smaller black circle in the middle. The patch instructions were not very clear. As much as I'm embarrassed to ask, which side of the patch is applied to the tube? I applied the orange side and it seems to be holding. In retrospect I wondered if the black should have been applied and the orange peeled away.
All advice is appreciated.