Archive for June 23rd, 2012

Repairing Bike Tubes

Now that I carry a spare tube on the bike to avoid on-the-road patching, a tangle of tubes has been accumulating in the Basement Laboratory. A protracted patching session shows why you can never have too many clamps:

Repaired bike tubes with clamps

Repaired bike tubes with clamps

Yes, I know they’re supposed to be ready to ride immediately after slapping the patch in place. Clamping the patch overnight won’t hurt and might actually help eliminate slow leaks, soooo… after this, they’re rolled up and ready for another season of punctures.

Repairing tubes goes much easier in the shop than by the side of the road, though. For what it’s worth, those silicone tape pads didn’t help much at all; the tube still eroded at the liner. Grumble…