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How fast can you fix a p**nct**e?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by swee'pea99, 3 Jun 2008.

  1. swee'pea99

    swee'pea99 Legendary Member

    Got my second in a week y'day...getting very experienced at them. Timed this morning's at 7 minutes, start to finish, from pumping up to locate the hole to screwing on the valve cap. And that's with rubber solution & old-style patches. With one o' they self-adhesive jobbies I reckon I could beat 5 minutes now. Anyone beat that?
     
  2. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Just change the innertube and you'll knock five minutes off that.
     
  3. monnet

    monnet Über Member

    That's the way I do it.
     
  4. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Fast. I can get the wheel off quick. Get the tyre off with one tyre lever so that saves time. Then its just a case of getting the old tube out and putting a new one in. The old tube gets stuffed back into the saddle bag and its just a case of pumping it up, putting it back in and going.
    No need to mess about with patches.
     
  5. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Location:
    Auld Reekie
    I have so little practice, I usually have difficulty remembering where to start, maybe I should go back to cr*p tyres...
     
  6. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    if it isn't worth 5 minutes of your time to fix a £4 tube are you all on £50/hr?xx(
     
  7. Dave5N

    Dave5N Über Member

    Good God no!

    What do you take us for?

    Tradesmen?

    :smile::sad:xx(
     
  8. I replace the tube at the roadside, then fix the punctured one later in the comfort of my living room.
     
  9. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    Exactly!
     
  10. :tongue:
     
  11. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member


    not me. mrs. hgf wouldn't allow it, and i think that the pressure helps the glue seal the patch properly
     
  12. Alan Frame

    Alan Frame Gnu

    Location:
    Lost In Space
    Talk about tempting fate ! :smile:
     
  13. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Yes but the deal is: how do you fix the puncture - with the tube slightly inflated or totally de-flated ???????????????

    Though I know I did one once pretty quick as it was round the corner from the chaingang - prior to me getting there... !
     
  14. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Deflated - ish - let the glue go off then apply the patch...in the comfort of the garage - can't be bothered these days doing it on the road... flat, tube out, check tyre, new tube in, pump up and off.... fix the tube if needed when I get back home - usually carry two tubes and a kit anyway.........

    Three repairs and it's in the bin.........
     
  15. hubgearfreak

    hubgearfreak Über Member

    thirty three, maybe:biggrin:

    i find that patches don't cope so well when half straddling earlier patches - so then it's the bin, but if there's room for one more patch, it's still a goer as far as i'm concerned.