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Old 08-30-10, 11:20 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbossman


I'll patch them once in a while, when I get a big enough pile.

I never ride on a patched tube, unless I'm forced to. The reason being is that, for whatever reason, I cannot guarantee 100% that my patches will hold indefinitely. I've tried all sorts of methods, and still do not get 100% compliance with my patched tubes. The skill to have a 100% fix rate just flat out eludes me, and since I ride long distances in a lot of fairly lonely areas, I won't take that chance.

So - for $2, I always ride new.
Newer tube materials + newer (legally) compliant glues & patch kits don't seem to work like they used to.

I just patched a few this weekend while sitting at home in the rain watching the tv. I use the supplied cheese grater, glue both the tube and the patch, and then when I apply the patch I clamp them. [quick-release and spring clamps come in handy for this]. I've have had good results using this overkill method.

But $2 is cheap. My LBS ~$6. I usually patch discards from fellow riders.
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Old 08-30-10, 11:27 AM
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Originally Posted by bigbossman


I'll patch them once in a while, when I get a big enough pile.

I never ride on a patched tube, unless I'm forced to. The reason being is that, for whatever reason, I cannot guarantee 100% that my patches will hold indefinitely. I've tried all sorts of methods, and still do not get 100% compliance with my patched tubes. The skill to have a 100% fix rate just flat out eludes me, and since I ride long distances in a lot of fairly lonely areas, I won't take that chance.

So - for $2, I always ride new.
My success rate for patches is about 50%

Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I don't buy them very often and usually have other more expensive goodies on the counter, so I just never paid attention to how much they are. I guess they are someting $5. I just hate that all the valves are like a foot long now from those 'deep dish' wheels
I had the opposite issue. I had a rim tape failure and flat at work last month. The replacement tube's stem was too short for the hand pump (the floor pump at home works). I had to hitch a ride to the LBS to use their pump.

Originally Posted by 10 Wheels
I use Price Point tubes. Have not had any problems with them.
ditto

I did buy 3 4 packs of tubes off Bonktown.com (to spread shipping costs) that are working well.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman


I'll patch them once in a while, when I get a big enough pile.

I never ride on a patched tube, unless I'm forced to. The reason being is that, for whatever reason, I cannot guarantee 100% that my patches will hold indefinitely. I've tried all sorts of methods, and still do not get 100% compliance with my patched tubes. The skill to have a 100% fix rate just flat out eludes me, and since I ride long distances in a lot of fairly lonely areas, I won't take that chance.

So - for $2, I always ride new.
Same is true on flips. You really don't want a lot of failures (flats) on flip bikes. A good flipper is going to want referrals.
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Originally Posted by wrk101
Same is true on flips. You really don't want a lot of failures (flats) on flip bikes. A good flipper is going to want referrals.
Funny you should mention flips - I just finished rebuilding a bike yesterday, and was short one tube. So, I patched one from my pile and put it on. That tire was low on air this morning. Seems my patch is leaking.

Time to place an order........
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I pay 5 bucks at my local shop or 3.50 at Wal Mart if I HAVE to have a tube on Sunday.
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