- How many patches?!
Was in the Pyrenees a few years back and took a trail that I soon realized was entirely covered in flattened brambles/thorny bushes.
I got punctures in both wheels. Taking off the tyres I pulled out about 45 thorns from both. I then tried to mend the punctures in one tube, as I only had one spare. I ran out of patches – there were about 20 in the pack.
Had to ride 10 miles home pumping up the front tyre every 1/2 mile or so 😆Posted 7 years agoFOGSubscriber
A mate was out with a local eccentric – not old but definitely eccentric. They were on their way back when it starts to rain and eccentric gets a puncture. My mate realises he doesn’t have a spare tube and asks anxiously if his companion has. ‘Yes’, he says and produces a tube with more patches than tube. ‘I’ll just patch this one and get it in and we can be on our way’. At this point as rain dripped down his nose my mate left him to it!Posted 7 years agoglenpMember
I’m all for patching it there and then – only takes a couple of minutes longer, most of that waiting for the solution to go off & you can be repacking your bag/looking at the view/having a wee. So really, doesn’t take any longer at all – plus it’s cheaper by far and “proper”.Posted 7 years agoswamp_boyMember
I counted recently, one bike has 14 on the front and 13 on the back, some of them are over others, usually different punctures, but one pair are over a gash and holding fine. Other bike is probably similar. I carry a spare tube, but always patch if I can, even if its raining and getting dark, dunno why, I’m just odd that way. But at £4.99 for a new tube that’s saved £135.00, less the cost of the patches.
Even dead tubes live on, one of the most useful all round bits of kit, along with WD40, gaffer tape and mole gripsPosted 7 years ago
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