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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 01-22-07, 04:23 PM   #1
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that little rubber tube in my puncture repair kit??

can anyone tell me what the deal is with this little bit of rubber tube?

everytime i fix a flat, i wonder what it is, and vow to find out, then forget all about it. fixed a flat today, and decided it really was time to get to the bottom of it.

its listed on the side of the box, but makes no appearance in the instructions.

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Old 01-22-07, 04:42 PM   #2
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Tire boot? Slip it into a cut/severely punctured tire and it'll maybe get you home, or even last until you can snag a new tire.
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Old 01-22-07, 05:11 PM   #3
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It's for repairing Dunlop valves. I remember seeing my uncle repairing Dunlop valves on his bike, when I was a little kid. Don't remember anymore exactly how he did it, but it involved spit.
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Yeah- I'm not sure why those are still included in modern kits. You won't be seeing a dunlop valve these days (unless you're buying an old old bike)
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Spit is involved but not included in most patch kits.

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