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Old 10-22-15, 08:37 AM
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How many, is too many?



I don't even know why I keep patching this tube.

What's your max number of patches before trashing a tube?
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Old 10-22-15, 08:57 AM
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I've hit 10 or 12 patches before either a blowout (tear too big to patch), a valve stem leak (impossible to patch), or some other unpatchable situation caused me to toss the tube.

Really, if you patch it correctly, you're no more (or less) likely to have another flat than you are with a new tube.
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Old 10-22-15, 09:23 AM
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^ 10-12 is about as much Ive done before breaking down and buying a new tube.

Thats about the visual limit for me. By then, some patches are too close to others
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No, wait...carry on.

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Old 10-22-15, 09:59 AM
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the patch limit, IMO, is indefinite. the only thing it's gotta do is hold air...
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Old 10-22-15, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by hueyhoolihan View Post
the patch limit, IMO, is indefinite. the only thing it's gotta do is hold air...
Well, there does come a time when the cost of the patches outweighs the cost of the tube but that's still a bunch of patches. My personal "best" is 25. I once had a tube that had 65 punctures...a particularly "goatheady" ride...when I stopped counting. It had many more and I wasn't about to fix them all.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
Well, there does come a time when the cost of the patches outweighs the cost of the tube but that's still a bunch of patches. My personal "best" is 25. I once had a tube that had 65 punctures...a particularly "goatheady" ride...when I stopped counting. It had many more and I wasn't about to fix them all.
I once had a customer buy a new tire from me. After I installed it on his bike, he took it to the park behind the shop for a test ride. He came back after about 20 minutes with a flat tire. I pulled 8 thorns out of his brand new tire, gave him a new inner tube and sent him on his way. I can only hope I got them all.
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Ha! I'm actually surprised. 12? damn. I thought I was gonna get yelled at to go buy a new tube, which I already did and have in my saddle bag. Now that I've read your replies, I'm gonna put this one back and keep the new one at home for later.

One question though, what about tire pressure? can I have it around 110/120 even with the patches? cheers!

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We have a winner!

Patching tubes...
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Old 10-22-15, 12:56 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeshulEd View Post
We have a winner!

Patching tubes...
Recently noticed that the thread title and the question in the body of the original post (What's your max number of patches before trashing a tube?) don't jibe.

For the thread title, the correct answer is 1.
For the question asked in the body of the OP, the answer is 0.
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Old 10-22-15, 01:11 PM
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Seems sort of silly to put more patches on than a new tube cost.....I'll put on a couple,unless I HAVE to put more....If I'm in the middle of nowhere and have no choice,on go the patches.
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Old 10-22-15, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Booger1 View Post
Seems sort of silly to put more patches on than a new tube cost.....I'll put on a couple,unless I HAVE to put more....If I'm in the middle of nowhere and have no choice,on go the patches.
It depends on whether you get them all at once, or one at a time.

If a patch costs $1, you get 10 holes on a ride, and a tube costs $5, toss it immediately.

If you're riding a tube with N patches, and you have another leak, it only costs $1 to keep that tube running. Why would you toss it? Save $4 and patch it again!
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Here's enough patches to keep you going for quite a while. Bet you can't get all of them on one tube. $1.89 postpaid. 48pcs x 25mm Round Rubber Patch For Bike Bicycle Tire Tyre Repair - US$1.89 This happens to be my favorite place for inexpensive bike tools. Takes about 14-17 days for things to arrive but the prices are right! The patches are first rate too.

I'm cheap but I usually give up after a few flats and install a new tube. Mail order tubes are only about $3.50.
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I patch them until the valve fails. Never get anywhere near the number some of you report! Not complaining....
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i usually patch a tube when i get a flat. there is usually one hole. i don't think this is unusual. although i've had the opportunity to patch multiple holes on occasion. so i'm not sure how it would be cost effective be to throw away a patch-able tube and buy a new tube at 500 times the price of a my patches and a little glue.

patches don't cost much, IME. this is what i buy at about $.02 a-piece... glue is extra.

and, it's been my experience that a patch that is put on correctly is stronger than the tube without the patch. i've proved this, much to my dismay, a time or two.

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Old 10-22-15, 02:59 PM
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1 is too many
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Originally Posted by simot View Post
Ha! I'm actually surprised. 12? damn. I thought I was gonna get yelled at to go buy a new tube, which I already did and have in my saddle bag. Now that I've read your replies, I'm gonna put this one back and keep the new one at home for later.

One question though, what about tire pressure? can I have it around 110/120 even with the patches? cheers!

Loving the forum by the way, learning so much. Thanks.
Pressure shouldn't matter. The tube presses against the patch and, if the patch is done correctly, it will hold.

If you didn't get the object that was poking holes in the tube out, that's a different story.
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The more patches a tube has, the less likely you are to get flats because the tube is double thickness in the patched area..
So each patch adds value to the tube and makes it superior to a new tube.
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Originally Posted by simot View Post
What's your max number of patches before trashing a tube?
Zero. If I feel energetic I might patch a tube one time.
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Patches? We don't need no stinking patches!
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Just 13, and then the valve stem separated.
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The more patches on a tube, the more you have invested in it dollars, labor and love. It gets hard to part with them after a while.
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Originally Posted by cyccommute View Post
My personal "best" is 25. I once had a tube that had 65 punctures...
Pics or it didn't happen, LOL.
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"The journey to fix a tube with a thousand holes begins with but a single patch." -- Lao "Call me Patches" Tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)

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