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    Quote Originally Posted by daniell View Post
    When I was a child, I remember the process of hot vulcanizing the patch. I don't think that is done anymore.
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    I used to hot vulcanize every tube, then they all disappeared to my amazement. Those patches never fail, it is a shame they don't have them anymore!

    I consider a patched tube better than new, it has been tested. I have had several brand new tube with bloched stems and seams leak with 1" holes over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    My rule of thumb is after five patches, the tube is done.
    think I had one with 9 once...as long as the patches don't overlap, it's all good.
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    I am a patcher.

    But now I am tubeless so I expect that the 4 tubes I have currently in stock will last a long, long time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    think I had one with 9 once...as long as the patches don't overlap, it's all good.
    Heat will remove a patch. Heat up a frying pan. While wearing a leather glove, push the patch down on the hot pan. You can then peal it off easily. Haven't tried a heat gun. That might work too. I've removed leaky patches or ones that need to overlap (then using a larger one).

    You can't repair a valve stem that unbonds from the tube, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfdemicco View Post
    Heat will remove a patch. Heat up a frying pan. While wearing a leather glove, push the patch down on the hot pan. You can then peal it off easily. Haven't tried a heat gun. That might work too. I've removed leaky patches or ones that need to overlap (then using a larger one).

    You can't repair a valve stem that unbonds from the tube, however.
    I'm all about patching, but I may draw the line at removing a patch so I can renew it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    I'm all about patching, but I may draw the line at removing a patch so I can renew it.
    My line is drawn at where the price of patches used on a tube surpasses the price of a new tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oxtox View Post
    think I had one with 9 once...as long as the patches don't overlap, it's all good.
    Remember reading back in the day some NY bike messengers had a contest to see who could run the most patches on a tube. The record was 9.

    So good for ya!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    My line is drawn at where the price of patches used on a tube surpasses the price of a new tube.
    I can't see how you would ever get there. You can buy boxes of patches and large containers of glue. Riding on cheap tubes isn't very confidence inspiring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    My line is drawn at where the price of patches used on a tube surpasses the price of a new tube.
    It seems that it would be easier to just patch the tube than counting the patches, adding the cost of each patch to see if it has reached that breaking point, then deciding if it is still in the budget to use that tube again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by velodog View Post
    I'm all about patching, but I may draw the line at removing a patch so I can renew it.
    yeah, there's a point where my practicality ends...
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    My line is drawn at where the price of patches used on a tube surpasses the price of a new tube.
    Patch and glue costs less than $.25. So for a $5 tube that's 20 patches.
    Fair enough.

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    Since Michelin smooth valve stem tubes usually cost up to twice that, I usually patch until I'm forced to overlap patches.
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    i broke down today and bought a couple new tubes on ebay for less than $6 ea -- sunlite brand with 32mm stems.

    didn't wanna do it. but i had a blowout yesterday. (pic of our hero in action.) you can't really patch a 2" gash:

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    Quote Originally Posted by tlg View Post
    Patch and glue costs less than $.25. So for a $5 tube that's 20 patches.
    Fair enough.
    You must've found a good deal on patches. Around me, it's about 50 cents per patch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    you can't really patch a 2" gash:
    And the tire was reusable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    And the tire was reusable?
    apparently, the brand new tire wasn't seated properly in the rim, allowing the tube to sneak out and explode. this hasn't happened to me in years -- not since i used michelin krylions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    You must've found a good deal on patches. Around me, it's about 50 cents per patch.
    100 pack Rema . Amazon.EBay. Pretty much anywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by blackfrancois View Post
    apparently, the brand new tire wasn't seated properly in the rim, allowing the tube to sneak out and explode. this hasn't happened to me in years -- not since i used michelin krylions.
    You must be a fast pumper. I've had one or two close case but as soon as I saw a bulge, I stopped, deflated and re-seated the tire. Now I just do couple strokes of pump, then check around the rim edge, then couple more and check again. If all is good, I go to town with the rest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bvber View Post
    You must be a fast pumper.
    maybe. but i can also go sweet and slow.

    i mounted the new tire at home and rode 30 min to meet a friend, where i stopped for 10 min. then we rode 15-20 minutes and stopped for traffic. it blew out while crossing the street. the new tube was quickly inflated with a co2 (in two steps) and didn't fail the rest of the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by No Time Toulouse View Post
    I patch both tubes and tubulars, although I usually wait until I have a few, then do them on a cold, rainy day. I prefer Rema patches, and I buy a box of a dozen of those little glue tubes; the cans always dry out before I'm half done.
    ok share your technique and tools for patching tubulars??
    I want to learn this one. Where do you even get the needle and thread? and do you re-use the base tape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by factory feel View Post
    I bought a pint sized tin of glue and have been patching. I put the patched tube back in bike tire and return new tube to spare status. Seems to be working good and it feels like Iím doing something for the environment. Win win
    Same. Iím cheap. On my commuter the rear tube had 6 patches. Now that I use Mr Tuffy tube liners I get a flat 1/3000km


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    Who is patches? This guy....

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvfsfS6NVUc

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    another ******* flat today! ****! that's two ******* flats in three ******* days. ****!

    fortunately, today's came a block from home on my return ride. it was a huge bent nail. probably the largest wood nail they sell. unfortunately, i didn't see the damn thing until i plowed over it.

    the tube required two patches, 'cause the nail kept right on going through to the rim. fortunately, no rim damage, but it left a little hole in the rim tape. tire seems good too. we'll see. ****!
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