Yesterday, I toke a ride out to Natick from Boston (Kenmore Square). One thing I notice was as I got further away from the city. Less people rode mountain bike. Are all the roadies out of Boston? Anyway, I do have a question unrealted to my pervious statements.

When you get a rip or a hole at the base of teh stem value is that patchable. I tried it once, and it was not successful, so I just want to know if anyone has done it before or if its a waste of patches.