- Record number of patches on a tube?
One for the cheapskates (and tubeless Luddites) like me.
I’ve got nine on one of my spares and at least seven on two others.
Can anyone beat this?
BTW at what point does it impair the ‘performance’ of the tube itself? I’ve read somewhere about the loss of elasticity eventually making the tube unviable.Posted 4 years agoTrimixMember
9, thats nothing. Im well into my teens with one and have a couple that are 8, 10 and more.
I cant recall ever throwing a tube away actually. I just enjoy patching them. Even snake bites get fixed. Ive got patches on patches.
Im riding a 6 inch full sus bike for fun, so thinking about the “performance” of my innertube is a bit daft. They are inner tubes, not critical components in the space shuttle.Posted 4 years agojamesMember
Got to be mid teens I’d guess
When most of them are pinches that’s 2 a time and sometimes when they’re a pinch at speed before I can come to a stop its pinched upto twice more making 6 holes before
Don’t think I’ll forget getting a pinch and 2 more before I could stop, getting attacked by midges, realising the valve on my (old) spare tube was coming away from the tube, then releasing I only had 2 patches. Que splitting the patches into 3 and a load more midge bites while I set about waiting for the vulcanising solution to dry …
I’m moving to tubeless now though, first stans which works well, save any splits in the tyre, now ghetto, I’ll see how well that goes downPosted 4 years ago
When its downhill/freeride tubes at £7-11 a pop you’ve a bit more incentive to keep on fixing them tbfcoatesyMember
I normally call it a day at around 10, haven’t bought a tube for over 6 years as I work as a mechanic, so collect all the cast-offs from the terminally lazy/mechanically inept.Loads of experience with fitting tubeless conversions as part of my job, hence my sticking to tubes 🙂Posted 4 years agoTrimixMember
To me there is something really satisfying about patching a tube.
Perhaps its a desire to fix things, or make do with stuff, or a reluctance to give up.
I never seem to have to do it on a ride, normally its when I check the bike over the night before I notice a soft/flat tyre.
I probably get one puncture a month, or less, so a few more years spread across about 5 tubes should see them all up close to 20 odd patches.Posted 4 years ago
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