HOW TO PATCH A TUBE
>We’ve all done it. You are in a hurry when installing a new tire and callously slam your tire irons under the bead, attacking with random aggression. Then, when
you go to inflate the tube, the tire won’t
hold air. You cuss, you wail and you stomp,
but the bottom line is that you pinched the
tube, leaving a nice little smile in the side
that lets the air blow out like a vent from a
clothes dryer. Now, you can either fix the
tube or put in a new one. Fixing it is a great
option when done correctly.
There are several keys here. One is
having the correct patches to work with.
Second is prep work, followed by adherence to the protocol for allowing the patch
to set up and glue itself without creating any
lift zones that allow air to escape. When you
patch a tube properly, it is perfectly safe for
all riding—except maybe a Supercross main
event or the Baja 1000. ❏
SAVE BIG BUCKS!
This tube with a torn-out valve
stem is an extreme example,
but if the tube has more than a
puncture, you won’t be able to
patch it. For any sort of pinched
tube, a patch won’t hold.
Hold the inflated tube up to your
face. You may hear the leak, but the
skin on you face is sensitive enough
that you will feel the air more easily
than your hand will.