THE Emergency patch

A few weeks ago while we were on the beach and just had a swim, I discovered that my back tire was flat. As usual I always forget to bring patches with me in small trips so Filippos was my only hope (he always carries way more than the essentials ). He actually had two patch kits and one of them unopened. But both with dried out glue, unfortunately 😦 He also had some electrical tape though and we decided to try it out as an emergency patch. To our surprise, the tube held up just fine, even after some rigorous pumping! The next morning it was also perfectly fine for my errands ride! Only after 3 days, it started to lose some air.

After this experience, I always carry some tape in my saddle bag. It never gets dried like the glue, people don’t usually steal it and it can last for a lifetime of punctures!



9 Comments Add yours

  1. bgddyjim says:

    I keep a few extra wraps of high quality electrical tape around the bar tape for just such an occasion. Nice post.

    1. Bicyclosis says:

      Hey Jim, I am guessing that this hack could work even better for road bikes because of the high pressure!

  2. Mike says:

    Yes, good tip, I am always carrying meter of ducttape with me on bicycle holiday but did not come to the idea yet to use this for (temporary) repairing a leak.

    1. Bicyclosis says:

      Hmm, duct tape sounds even better, much stickier.. How do you carry the duct tape with you? do you stick some of it on a piece of plastic?

      1. Mike says:

        I saw once a set like this,

        But get yourself for instance a piece of Plexiglas, the width of the duct tape and say 10 cm long and roll over two or three layers of dutc tape and you have the same.

      2. Mike says:

        Thinking it over you could even roll it somewhere around your frame!

      3. Michael S says:

        I use tape to mark control points during my photography. Just wrap some of it around one of the tripod legs. Will do the same from now on with tape around the frame 🙂

  3. Fhil says:

    An excellent idea and thank you for sharing it.
    Now if we could only find a way of stopping the tyre repair glue from drying out! :~)

    1. Bicyclosis says:

      I am glad you found it useful Fhil! About the glue, that would be wonderful but I doubt will ever find the way!

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