Does anyone bother repairing holes in inner tubes any more?

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Andrew_Culture, 31 Jul 2012.

  1. Andrew_Culture

    Andrew_Culture Internet Marketing bod

    Two of the last three inner tube repairs have resulted in loud explosions that meant I had to replace the tube. At this point I'm wondering if 'unwanted holes in tubes' are worth repairing :sad:

    I don't recall ever having such trouble in the past, but then in ever had tyres that went to nearly 100psi in the past.

    Please note total absence of the 'p' word in this post :smile:

    Sent from a Victorian Terrace house, red brick, 1882 build.
  2. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    I do! If needing a third repair they go in the bin, although I normally bend the valve screw thing before then cos I'm a cack handed numpty
  3. The Brewer

    The Brewer Shed Dweller

    Wish I'd had a £1 repair kit yesterday instead of one replacement tube. I actually had two pieces of glass in the tyre not one. Never said the P word :whistle:

    Edit: oh and you can't buy inner tubes in Prestatyn, I had to get the train to Shotton and buy a couple in Graham Weighs
  4. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    When are they exploding then? Sounds a bit odd...
  5. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    Got two tubes waiting to be repaired, they have been waiting 2 months already,^_^
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  6. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    I always take both. Tube and kit. From the time when I ran through a load of glass in an underpass :gun:
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  7. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

    No, straight in the bin. The price of tubes I cant be arsed repairing them.
  8. MrJamie

    MrJamie Oaf on a Bike

    I used to repair them at home and re-use them later, but prior to last weeks deflation id been fine for over 2000 miles, which is pretty much a years cycling for me so i tend to just cut them up for fitting things to my frame and put a new tube in the tyre. Also the glue seems to really struggle to work outdoors when its cold, i was wondering if park tools glue is better than the stuff you get in the £1 repair kits since ive run out/lost mine anyway. :whistle:
  9. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    You must be very lucky with punctures, or rather without punctures. Only time I bin a tube is if the valve goes (this has happened quite a few times) or if a hole appears, at the base of where he valve meets the main tube (really annoying that is).
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  10. MattHB

    MattHB Proud Daddy

    If you prepare the surface and apply the solution properly vulcanising should be as strong as any other part of the tube. Don't bother with these rubbish glueless patches, they're rubbish.

    Ive never seen a properly repaired hole fail.
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  11. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Atop a Ti
    Park Tools patches are as good as traditional glued patches.

    But... you need to apply the patch properly. Holding on to and pressing down on the patch for a good minute.
  12. geo

    geo Well-Known Member

    I have to be honest mate and without tempting fate in nearly 1600 mile on my road bike Ive had 1 and that was only a week ago so yes I suppose I am but I keep tyre pressure at 120psi all the time and it clearly has helped so far !!!!
  13. Sittingduck

    Sittingduck Guru

    Nice - just remember to factor in the extra 20 mins for Tomorrow's commute as the P-fairy will now surely strike twice!! :evil:
  14. MisterStan

    MisterStan Label Required

    I carry spare tubes and repair the holed ones in the evening. That way I hopefully don't need to use glue in cold or wet conditions. We counted at least 4 patches on one tube last night! The cost of a new tube is irrelevant to me, I just hate seeing things being binned needlessly, we need to get out of this 'throw away society'.
  15. RhythMick

    RhythMick Über Member


    If I have loads of time I'll repair. If not I swap.
    MattHB likes this.
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