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Old 06-04-12, 04:31 PM
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Do U trust tire patch

Hi, do you trust tire tube patches ??? I've never was home for a flat so just replacing tubes on the road is what I've done . But today I put a hole in a tube walking distance from home and have another 1 or 2 hanging around that I could patch.
Also doing a century this coming weekend and not sure about patched tubes???? Right now it's holding air and seems well but do they hold up over time**********
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A properly patched tube is as good as a new tube.

That means the "old fashioned" type, where you rough up the tube, apply vulcanizing fluid ("cement"), blow it until the shiny part appears dull, then put on a patch and rub the back of the patch with a coin (or your nail).

The self-stick patches are NOT permanent and are designed just to get you home.

I advise you to take a tube with you but also a patch kit in case you have multiple flats.

I save old tubes and once/year do a "batch patch" where I patch them all at once.
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Originally Posted by datlas
A properly patched tube is as good as a new tube.

That means the "old fashioned" type, where you rough up the tube, apply vulcanizing fluid ("cement"), blow it until the shiny part appears dull, then put on a patch and rub the back of the patch with a coin (or your nail).

The self-stick patches are NOT permanent and are designed just to get you home.

I advise you to take a tube with you but also a patch kit in case you have multiple flats.

I save old tubes and once/year do a "batch patch" where I patch them all at once.

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Originally Posted by datlas
A properly patched tube is as good as a new tube.

That means the "old fashioned" type, where you rough up the tube, apply vulcanizing fluid ("cement"), blow it until the shiny part appears dull, then put on a patch and rub the back of the patch with a coin (or your nail).

The self-stick patches are NOT permanent and are designed just to get you home.

I advise you to take a tube with you but also a patch kit in case you have multiple flats.

I save old tubes and once/year do a "batch patch" where I patch them all at once.
Worth repeating. Again.
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In tyre patches we trust.
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I don't want to anger the flat tire gods by making a comment on trusting tire patches.
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I also trust patched tubes.
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The cold-vulcanizing patches, yes.
The self-adhesive patches, no.
But I do carry the latter just to get me home from a flat, where I put on a proper patch.
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Yes. I carry a spare tube, but will often patch on the road so I can take a break.
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Those patches are tough. Sometimes I wish I could get a whole tube made of patch material.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
In tyre patches we trust.
Amen.
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Originally Posted by caloso
Those patches are tough. Sometimes I wish I could get a whole tube made of patch material.
i'm working on it!
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Originally Posted by datlas
A properly patched tube is as good as a new tube.

That means the "old fashioned" type, where you rough up the tube, apply vulcanizing fluid ("cement"), blow it until the shiny part appears dull, then put on a patch and rub the back of the patch with a coin (or your nail).

The self-stick patches are NOT permanent and are designed just to get you home.

I advise you to take a tube with you but also a patch kit in case you have multiple flats.

I save old tubes and once/year do a "batch patch" where I patch them all at once.
So The orange down on tube and the black facing up **********? that's what I did but I was guessing.. Did I do it right ??
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Originally Posted by ducati hyp
So The orange down on tube and the black facing up **********? that's what I did but I was guessing.. Did I do it right ??
You peel off the aluminum foil and that part that is exposed goes down, the flimsy plastic faces up. I actually don't even peel off the flimsy plastic as that sometimes takes a little bit of the edge of the patch off with it.

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Patches rule. I just repatched 5 tubes this past weekend.

I do admit that even though none have failed for me, I get a bit paranoid about it, and what I ended up doing is actually removing the nonpatched tires from my bike and replacing them with the patched ones. That way, if I do flat on the road, there will be no question about patch failure.

Again, have never had a patch fail yet though, and I've patched about 15 tubes thus far in the past few years. However, I HAVE had 2 patches which were not placed on correctly, meaning I basically missed the hole, or only partially covered a linear larger tear, allowing air to leak from the free edge. That's what I'm really worried about - my own user error, as opposed to patch failure over a well covered hole.
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
In tyre patches we trust.
Hey! You're from Tennessee. You aren't allowed to spell tire like that.
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I trust patches, but I don't trust patched tubes that I have fixed. In my inpatients I have rushed the job and done a bad patch. Just need to do it a few more times so that I know I can get it right. (Maybe I shouldn't have said that, could anger the puncture fairy)
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I'm sure my patches are fine, but normally I still don't trust them. I usually bring an extra tube on future rides just in case I did some shoddy work.
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Originally Posted by datlas
You peel off the aluminum foil and that part that is exposed goes down, the flimsy plastic faces up. I actually don't even peel off the flimsy plastic as that sometimes takes a little bit of the edge of the patch off with it.

Yeah sometimes I take off the plastic and sometimes I leave it on. Doesn't seem to make much difference.
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Yeah sometimes I take off the plastic and sometimes I leave it on. Doesn't seem to make much difference.
You crazy?!? You leave the plastic?! That's almost one more gram in weight!
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Unless you amazingly applied just enough glue to match the size of the patch, you want to keep the plastic film on. The exposed excess glue will bond the tube to the tire, which sucks when you have to remove the tube and it ends up tearing.
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i thought the plastic was extra safety for a fresh patch..

i love patches! a good friend just tosses blown tubes to the garbage cause he doesn't want to carry the blown tube...i grab the sucka!
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