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What do you do? (Yes, yet ANOTHER patch vs tube thread)

Old 09-15-13, 11:46 AM
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What do you do? (Yes, yet ANOTHER patch vs tube thread)

When face with the patch vs tube situation here is how I respond.

I carry a spare tube in my camel pack. The time it takes to patch a tire is longer, no matter how fast the patching and finding the hole is. So If I get a flat, I can change the tube on the trail/road. Then when I get home, I'll have the resources, and the time to repair the damaged tube and return it to my pack. Some of these patches say to wait until the glue dries COMPLETLY. I'm not going to do that on the road/trail. Ill do that at home after replacing the tube.

Just my $0.02 worth.
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That is the most common way. I bring 2 tubes with me. Some people also bring a patch kit in case they have really bad luck and run out of tubes.
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Vulcanizing glue doesn't take long to dry. I've
done dozens of flat repairs on the road; some
even in the rain. No problems with the glue.
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I'm one of the replace on the road, repair at my leisure at home crowd. This comes naturally because I ride tubulars on the road (wired-ons for the commuter) so it's what I'm used to. Anyway, since most of my flats seem to happen at night in the rain or when I'm pressed for time, I don't want to be hunting down a leak and trying to fix it on the road.

Also, a fair percentage of my flats are of the non-repairable type, such as base of valve leaks, a spare tube remains a must.
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One spare tube and a couple of self-stick patches in the rare case of a second flat. I patch the punctured tube at my leisure at home. If I do need to use a stick-on, I replace it with a glue-on at a convenient time.

Most of my tubes have multiple patches, as many as 5 or 6.
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I carry 2 tubes. I have only needed both once. I do not carry a patch kit. I think I have some self-adhesive patches in the bottom of my bag, which I have never used. They would be for the absolute worst-case situation, if I had used both of my spare tubes and I couldn't borrow another from someone.

I patch tubes at home, and I usually only patch a tube twice. Yes, they could be patched more than that, but I was starting to build up quite a collection of patched tubes. I gave away several while doing SAG for a charity ride. On the third puncture, I throw the tube away. Or after a snakebite.
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The act of patching a hole isn't time-prohibitive on the road but often finding the puncture is. I carry one tube and a fresh patch kit. I use the new tube, keep the patch kit as an emergency measure, and roll on.

Then, I repair the flat tube right when I get home and put it back in the tire.
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