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    How many times have you patched an innertube?

    What's the most times you've patched an innertube before getting to the point where you say "Eff it, i'm putting a new one in?"

    [so far i've got 3 patches on my front tube and one on the rear...]

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    None on my road bike.

    Only once on my old MTB.

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    My rule is three.
    Unfortunately, with recent tire issues I have actually had to enforce it. ugh

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    I'll patch the sh!it out of a tube.

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    In my 16 years of cycling, I have NEVER patched an inner tube. I wouldn't even begin to know how! I always replace my tubes.

    Funny thing though ... I bought a patch kit 16 or so years ago when I started cycling ... and I've still got it!! I bet the cement is as hard as rock by now!

    I also carry those quick patches, and have given some to friends, but have never used them myself.

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    I patch them until I get a hole in a previous patch.

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    I don't have very good luck with patches, so I avoid them all together, one time I put a whole kit on a tube, then I gave up.
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    Until there is a slow leak I can't be bothered to find or until the tube starts failing from age/wear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by -=Łem in Pa=-
    I patch them until I get a hole in a previous patch.
    +1

    Same here, throw $10 worth of patches on a $5 tube

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    I never patch. I just buy a crapload of tubes when they're like $2.00.

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    I never had luck with patchs, always end up with a slow leak. I always carry a spare tube, sometimes two, patch only if those go. I only buy tubes online, and stock up when they're onsale.

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    I'll go to two, and sometimes three.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Machka
    In my 16 years of cycling, I have NEVER patched an inner tube. I wouldn't even begin to know how! I always replace my tubes.

    Funny thing though ... I bought a patch kit 16 or so years ago when I started cycling ... and I've still got it!! I bet the cement is as hard as rock by now!

    I also carry those quick patches, and have given some to friends, but have never used them myself.
    How have you managed to never have a ride from h3ll?

    I know you do rather long rides. It would seem sooner or later you should have had some bad luck. On my very first double I ended up giving away my number 2 spare after less than 25 miles to a guy who was already on his 3rd flat. On one other long ride (2nd day of the Land Rush) about 150 miles in there was a very bad auto accident with glass everywhere. I'm sure several people flatted in that section.

    I recall one other ride where I picked up a pieve of steel belt and went through both spares before I finally found it (yes I do line up the logos on tires, still missed it on the first 2 tries and it took over 5 minutes on the third try).

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    what the hell is a patch?

    i couldnt be arsed patching a tube, i just buy new ones. In over 2000km of xc trail riding, many races and lots of road miles, ive only ever needed to replace 1 tube, and that was after hitting a curb at 30km/h

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    As many as 4 - 6 patches. I have had only one patch fail in about 20,000 miles of riding. I figure the patch is the toughest part of the tube.
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    7 or 8 on one tube I don't mind patching tubes and can do it very quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99
    How have you managed to never have a ride from h3ll?

    I know you do rather long rides. It would seem sooner or later you should have had some bad luck. On my very first double I ended up giving away my number 2 spare after less than 25 miles to a guy who was already on his 3rd flat. On one other long ride (2nd day of the Land Rush) about 150 miles in there was a very bad auto accident with glass everywhere. I'm sure several people flatted in that section.

    I recall one other ride where I picked up a pieve of steel belt and went through both spares before I finally found it (yes I do line up the logos on tires, still missed it on the first 2 tries and it took over 5 minutes on the third try).

    I've had flats on rides ... I've had multiple flats on rides ... but I just replace the tube each time.

    However, in order to reduce the number of flats I get, I do the following:
    -- replace my tires and tubes in the comfort of my own home relatively frequently. I don't go out on a ride of any distance (I'm talking a 600K, 1000K, or 1200K) with more than about 3000 kms on my tires.
    -- use tires with a decent amount of tread ... I don't use racing tires. In fact, when I bought my Giant, it had racing tires on it. I flatted one of them as I was cycling home from the shop, and flatted the other one about an hour later while I was riding around. I hastily disposed of those tires!
    -- ride very carefully. The moment I see anything in the way of road debris, I will do all that I can to avoid it. I have even gotten off the bicycle and cautiously walked it for a while or carried it over certain areas.
    -- fill my tires to 90 psi rather than any higher pressure than that. That way I can run over sharpish rocks and they won't instantly put a hole in my tire.

    Now, on the Last Chance 1200K last year, I had three flats ... goatheads got me! But I always carry at least three tubes with me (and for that ride they recommended more, because of these goatsheads, so I think I had 5 with me), and I always have a supply of them in my drop bags (I think I had about 5 in each bag).

    This year on the BMB 1200K, I pinch-flatted both tires going over a bridge in the middle of the night. I hit a bit of metal that was sticking up. I hit so hard that at first I actually thought that both wheels were on the verge of collapse. On that ride I think I had 3 tubes with me, and about 3 tubes in each of my drop bags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99
    How have you managed to never have a ride from h3ll?
    That's one reason I've gone from carrying only CO2's to carrying a full size frame pump now. On my last long distance ride I flatted 3 times and ran out of CO2's!
    As far as patching, I always carry a patch kit in addition to a spare tube.....sometimes two tubes max depending on riding distance.
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    To all of those who never patch their tubes and throw them away - way to be wasteful.
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    I patch patches

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    I have a system. Oh, first the answer to the question; I stop at three patches in one tube. My system is to always have a spare tube along on the ride, either a patched one or a new one. In my garage I have 2 nails in the wall. One is marked "Bad Tubes" and the other "Good Tubes." The system is that I occasionally spend time out there patching tubes and moving them to the "Good Tube" nail. In truth, the Good Tube nail is empty. There's a small stack of new tubes on the shelf nearby. When Performance has a sale, the Good Tube nail just waits a bit longer.
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    When it rains on a weekend either once or twice a year here in LA, that's when I spend time patching all the punctured tubes I've accumulated during the year.
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    I always fix them, and fixed plenty when I commuted -- dozens and dozens over the years.
    I'm now so good at it that I just fix them on the side of the road, and often
    don't even bother carrying a spare tube.

    I once had 8 or 9 patches on a tube.

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    I will keep patching a tube until one of two things happens, either I end up with a patch having to overlay on a previous patch, or the tube no longer feels pliable like it did when it was new.

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