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Old 06-14-12, 09:19 PM
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which patch kits would you recommend?

i spent the last week looking for a patch kit.i found one tonight i assume there all patches with glue. but what i got tonight was like stickers.realy they was like small stickers no glue.it was the bell deluxe patch kit . i couldt see the patches to i opened the box.so is there a patch kit thats good for tubes around 700x32?. thank you for reading my post
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I dont know much about patches either but here is one thing I found out the hard way. Slime Skabs dont work for much other than to get you home from the ride your on. Slime skabs are like the ones you described in that they are little patches that you peel off and stick on like a sticker. There is no glue to be applied. From what I have read it is best to buy patches that have glue that you apply to the patch and to the tube. They are called vulcanizing patches I think. Hope this helps a little and good luck.
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Self-adhesive patches work to get you home, and that is it.
Also, they don't hold in freezing weather.
I use them on the road, then swap out the tube for a previously-patched one, and patch the newly-punctured one.
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Originally Posted by Mondo734
I dont know much about patches either but here is one thing I found out the hard way. Slime Skabs dont work for much other than to get you home from the ride your on. Slime skabs are like the ones you described in that they are little patches that you peel off and stick on like a sticker. There is no glue to be applied. From what I have read it is best to buy patches that have glue that you apply to the patch and to the tube. They are called vulcanizing patches I think. Hope this helps a little and good luck.
cool i use that as a search term on amazon thank you
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Rema tip top. The small green box of black patches with orange edges.

Use the glue sparingly and wait for the glue to dry before applying the patch.
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Originally Posted by Shimagnolo
Self-adhesive patches work to get you home, and that is it.
Also, they don't hold in freezing weather.
I use them on the road, then swap out the tube for a previously-patched one, and patch the newly-punctured one.
How do you get the self-adhesive patch off to apply a proper patch? I have a tube that I just removed the skab on and the adhesive doesn't want to come off.
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Personally I don't even mess with patches anymore unless it's absolutely necessary.

Just carry a spare tube and change it out.
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I have been told Rema patches are the best, so that's what I carry. I also carry a spare tube. I've never gotten two flats in a ride, so I have never had to patch a tube on the road, but I like to have the patches just in case.
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i think when i was a kid victer was the main company but perhaps im not recalling the right name
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt
Personally I don't even mess with patches anymore unless it's absolutely necessary.

Just carry a spare tube and change it out.
+1 I bring a new tube with me on my rides. I also have a patch kit jic I get a second flat. Tubes are less than $10 so I keep myself stocked up.
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I patch a lot of tubes. But only in my garage after I get home.
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Originally Posted by aggiegrads
Rema tip top. The small green box of black patches with orange edges.

Use the glue sparingly and wait for the glue to dry before applying the patch.
+1 I have had no issues with these patches. Replace the kit every couple of years. Glue and rubber age.
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Rema Tip Top........end of discussion.
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Someone posted here, maybe a week ago, that electrical tape will work also.
I am packing a roll in my commuter bag now.
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Have been using this for the past 20+ years. It works.

https://www.rematiptop.com/parts.php?sid=4
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slime skabs work fine for a temporary fix - however you have to use two or apply one with a small piece of electrical tape over the skab. they are quick & easy to use, take little space in saddle pouch - just double wrap it.
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Originally Posted by aggiegrads
Rema tip top. The small green box of black patches with orange edges.

Use the glue sparingly and wait for the glue to dry before applying the patch.
you wait for the glue to dry? I thought the glue glued the patch on?
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The glue is a "contact" type of adhesive. Contact adhesive applies wet, let dry, then press firmly together.
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Originally Posted by DVC45
Someone posted here, maybe a week ago, that electrical tape will work also.
I am packing a roll in my commuter bag now.
rubber and vinyl don't get along with each other chemically for very long if left in contact with each other. Try it you'll soon see.
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I use this patch kit from Harbor Freight:
https://www.harborfreight.com/inner-t...kit-47614.html

$3 for 20 bike-tire-sized patches and a few bigger patches and 2 tubes of glue. When at home I actually use a bottle of office supply rubber cement so I don't open the supplied tubes, I keep those for on the road (though I've never had to patch on the road, I carry a spare tube). Once opened they dry out in a few months.

These have worked great for me, I've never had one fail. You do need to learn how to patch properly, but that's simple. Clean thoroughly, rough up the tube with the grate, apply rubber cement making sure to exceed the size of the patch a little, LET THE CEMENT DRY for at least 5 minutes (I usually go 10), peel back the backing on the patch, then squeeze it down really hard and thoroughly, squish out any possible air bubbles.
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Originally Posted by megalowmatt
Personally I don't even mess with patches anymore unless it's absolutely necessary.

Just carry a spare tube and change it out.
Yeah, I do that but then I patch the tube when I get home and put it in as my new spare. Patching is quick and easy and reliable if done right. A properly applied patch not only won't let go, it can't even be removed without destroying the tube.
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Rema patches are fine. Every bike store around me has "their brand" of patches in a similar little plastic box, they are all fine, too. At Walmart, they also sell Slime brand patches that use the cement in addition to the Skabs. I think the most expensive kit costs under $3 and goes a long way. As an aside: I keep a Presta-Schraeder adapter in all of my patch kits, just in case (and so they don't fall out of my bag).
Regardless of the brand, I've never had an issue with a properly cemented patch. Conversely, I've never trusted a self-sticking patch.


Here's my MO for flats on the road: I keep a spare tube with me, if I get a flat, I swap tubes. I patch at home, unless I get multiple flats on my ride. If I've opened a tube of cement on the road, I swap it with a sealed tube at my earliest convenience, and keep the opened tubes on my workbench for patch duty. It's a lot less frustrating to have a dried-out tube of cement at home vs. on the road.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen
I patch a lot of tubes. But only in my garage after I get home.

+1

When I do patch tubes, I use some Park Tools patch kit somebody gave me. It looks like a rebranded Rema kit.

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