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patch kit or spare tube?

Old 07-16-08, 10:24 AM
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patch kit or spare tube?

Is it better to carry a patch kit or a spare tube? I like the idea of reducing bulk by carrying a patch kit, but it sounds like it would make fixing a flat more of a hassle. What does BF think?
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Old 07-16-08, 10:27 AM
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Both...

Replace the tube on the first flat...

Patch the next...


As an Eagle Scout...

I am always prepared....
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Originally Posted by BikesAreCool123 View Post
Is it better to carry a patch kit or a spare tube? I like the idea of reducing bulk by carrying a patch kit, but it sounds like it would make fixing a flat more of a hassle. What does BF think?
Yes.

I carry both a tube and a patch kit. I really hate walking.

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Old 07-16-08, 10:32 AM
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i do both. pinch flats are hard to patch, but a 2nd flat is bad news. Hopefully one of the two was a puncture.
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Old 07-16-08, 10:33 AM
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Two tubes and a patch kit here.
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Old 07-16-08, 10:35 AM
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1 Tube
1 CO2
1 Cell Phone

I've had 3 seasons on Continental GP4000 tires and only 1 flat.
(However, that'll probably change now that I said it.)
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Old 07-16-08, 10:38 AM
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Old 07-16-08, 10:42 AM
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Both but preferably two tubes.

Patch kit won't help you much if your valve fails.
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Old 07-16-08, 10:48 AM
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Both. I also carry both a CO2 cartridge and a mini-pump. Tube and CO2 for the first flat, patch and pump for the second.
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Old 07-16-08, 10:49 AM
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1 tube
2 CO2
Patch Kit
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Both.

If you are already carrying a tube, just tuck a patch kit in with the tube, it's almost silly not to.
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Old 07-16-08, 11:13 AM
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1 tube
1 patch kit
1 frame pump

I was riding with a guy a few weeks back and he had 1 tube and 1 CO2. Flatted, so he used his tube, and his CO2. I watched him, he checked for pokeys in the tire, but nontheless it happened again 3 miles down the road. No mo' CO2, no mo' tubes, so I gave him a patch and let him use my pump.

Had I not been there he'd a been screwed. But, he sure looked cooler with a sleek, pumpless frame and a tiny bulletpack beneath his seat
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i say it depends on the riding you do.

personally most of my rides are with one or two of my buddies. we each carry one spare tube and 1 CO2, unless we're going particularly long.

if someone needs it, we have three amongst us, then the cell phones come out.
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Old 07-16-08, 11:35 AM
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Both. The patch kit is tiny, so throw it in with a CO2 inflater.
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Tube, co2, phone, money, and a chicken for trade. You'll never know when you'll need to trade a chicken for a ride home.
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I carry a the patch stuff in a small bag in my pocket, and I tape the spare tube tightly to my mini pump

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Old 07-16-08, 11:56 AM
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I've had to use both on the same ride before too. I was carrying two spares on a commute ride. Had 3 flats that day. Had to patch the last one.
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Another vote for both. I generaly would use the tube first.

But the patch kit is SO small it would be foolish not to take it along...just in case.
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Originally Posted by Fixitman View Post
Two tubes and a patch kit here.
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Another vote for both. tube, patch kit and 2 CO2 in my saddle bag along with tire levers and a micro tool.
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I'm a Fred and I know it. Since I also live in goathead thorn country, I carry plenty of flat-fixing gear:

2 tubes
patch kit (glue patches only)
3 ft of duct tape (emergency tire boot, among other uses)
Topeak road morph pump (I like that pump)
Tire Levers
Multi-tool that tightens and/or adjusts spokes

At home I also keep 5-6 patched tubes ready to go into my kit when one pops, and at least one new tire for when the tread is worn down and I start getting punctures every other week (prefer Ultra Gatorskins, or Bontrager Hardcase tires).
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Originally Posted by Fixitman View Post
Two tubes and a patch kit here.
+1

And I don't hate walking.....I just hate walking and pushing a bike.
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Weekend Rides
Two tubes
4 CO2s
patch kit with a piece of tire in case of a torn tire.
Where I ride there is no cell phones or walking. SOL if you can't get back.
Weekday
one tube
2 CO2s
one patch kit
cell phone.
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A tube, and a patch kit.
Tire levers
Multi-tool
Mini Road Morph pump, OR CO2 with an extra cartridge, depending on the ride.

I don't mind walking, but not 25 miles.
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