Quick question!

by skitza   October 28, 2013  

Repair the puncture or throw it away and replace with new?!

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Always new tube

posted by Shanefutcher [121 posts]
28th October 2013 - 22:14

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Depends, if the puncture is on the seam, bin it, its much more likely to rupture dramatically (read 'explode') and temporarily deafen you in at least one ear. If its not on the seam fix it, its cheaper in the long term

posted by pdows47 [105 posts]
28th October 2013 - 22:15


little nick about 8mm from the seam , ive repaired and left in the garage to dry before i give it air and put a new one on the bike

posted by skitza [16 posts]
28th October 2013 - 22:28

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repair, i had a tube with 8 patches, only replaced after the valve went

posted by jason.timothy.jones [303 posts]
28th October 2013 - 22:57


I used to like sitting down and repairing a few punctured tubes all in one go very a very satisfying feeling… mind you, that could've been the glue

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4175 posts]
28th October 2013 - 23:01


Replace tube while out, fix punctured tube when you get back home, to be used as spare tube next time.

posted by mrkeith119 [88 posts]
28th October 2013 - 23:03


One shot: repair, Snake bite: bin. I always find with two holes the patch becomes too big and difficult to cover both sides of a flat tyre.

I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1577 posts]
29th October 2013 - 1:21


Used to repair when I got home but now largely replace and bin punctured tyre, especially after bulk purchase of replacements. Having run gatorskins mostly this year I have only had 2 punctures in 6000 miles (cue the gods levelling that one out....)

posted by arfa [592 posts]
29th October 2013 - 3:08


It's quicker to repair than order a new one online / from local LBS. That said it's dull. I have a pile that need repairing and will one day get to them, honest guv'nor! Save the planet (every little helps) and save yourself a few quid unless as others have noted it's irreparable.

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posted by sm [355 posts]
29th October 2013 - 7:03

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Repair and reuse, think of the $avings...mebee I'm just tight!

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posted by Comrade [177 posts]
29th October 2013 - 12:42

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I keep taking the punctured ones home, but I haven't been running through them so quick, so I keep buying new ones to replace them.

Agree with the snake bite and one shot situation too.

If you know kstarr, and sanfranciscocrossfit on youtube, you could always turn the old inner tubes into voodoo floss......

....or a belt.

posted by Colin Peyresourde [1377 posts]
29th October 2013 - 13:18

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New tube, then a few repairs at once.

posted by Super Domestique [1660 posts]
29th October 2013 - 14:24


Definitely repair it, but with sticky patches as they're so much easier. I usually do it there and then since I'm out on my own and in London the cause tends to be easy to find - the large spikey object currently sticking out of your tyre.

I'm getting creative with my old tubes: cable tidy and tiny jersey wallet so far, sweat-proof phone case coming up...

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posted by chrisl [43 posts]
31st October 2013 - 23:46

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