Probably the most effective puncture kit there is

From its gaudy green box to its double scalloped, feather edged patches, the Rema Tip Top TT02 touring kit is more an institution than an accessory. You're spoilt for choice these days if you're looking to mend a tube but you'll go a long way before you find better quality tools for the job than these.

Inside the box you'll find some decent quality emery paper, a tube of vulcanising solution and seven patches: six round ones and a long one for big holes. Oh, and a bit of tube to mend a Woods valve, if you have any of them knocking about.

There aren't that many variables in a puncture kit. The main one is the quality of the components, and I have to say that in all my years of trying I've never found a better patch than the ones in a Tip Top kit. The feathered edges hold fast and effect a lasting repair each and every time, and the backing is perforated so it's easy to remove from the centre without peeling the edges of the patch off.

There's no chalk, which may or may not bother you (you can always lob a bit in), and it's pricy, but it's unlikely you'll find a better kit no matter what you spend.


A classic, and for good reason: probably the most effective puncture kit there is

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Rema Tip Top TT02 puncture kit

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Did you enjoy using the product? yes

Would you consider buying the product? I generally do

Would you recommend the product to a friend? unreservedly

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs  My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.


jezzzer [328 posts] 10 years ago

yeah it's good stuff. 7 patches don't last that long, but if you shop around online you can buy just the replacement patches in rather more sensible quantities...

what's the trick for removing backing from the centre then?

DaveP [412 posts] 10 years ago

Park GP2 patches!  4

cactuscat [289 posts] 10 years ago

GP2s are great for a quick repair out on the road but i find they don't last as well as tip top patches, they go a bit wrinkly after a while and they can start to leak