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Offline Inge

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #45 on: May 26, 2020, 10:44:19 am »
John - that is good news - though I was thinking of the strips to use and cut to the right size when needed. Will look into the 1" size patches on a roll. Nice to know that layering multiple patches across a bigger hole is possible.

I take it the office closet is pretty cool wonder what they do when you are on the road for a couple of years.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #46 on: May 26, 2020, 10:52:14 am »
I take it the office closet is pretty cool wonder what they do when you are on the road for a couple of years.
Yes, the office closet is climate controlled of course.  I can only dream of testing if the patches work after several years on the road.  However, I do know they work after 3 months of constant touring.

Tailwinds, John

Offline Patco

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #47 on: May 26, 2020, 05:20:40 pm »
I have carried a foldable spare tire, and like much of what I now carry when touring, it is because of something that happened in the past.

One afternoon while on tour my rear rack failed at the seat post braze-on. The rack, still attached at the hub braze-on, slid down the rear tire and began scrapping against the pavement. The slide down the tire took about 10 inches of rubber off the tire. It did not expose the tube, but there was not much between the tube and the road. I was able to limp into the nearest town, which was about 12 miles away. This small town did not have any bike tires, but I did find a glue that is used on tennis shoes that I used to layer over the tire gash. Layer by layer (it took me a number of hours because each layer had to dry before I could add another). The nearest town with available bike tires was about 65 miles away. That shoe-gu stuff lasted for about 40 miles, then I began having flat after flat. I had to walk into a town that was about 20 miles from the town where I could obtain a tire. I called the bike shop and they delivered the tire, for a hefty fee.

After that mishap, beside obtaining a new rear rack, I began carrying a foldable spare if my route was to take me where services were spotty. I did that for a number of tours, but I haven't carried a spare for the last several years.

Another tour mishap is also why I carry four spare tubes. Overkill, yes, but it gives me peace of mind, and it doesn't weigh that much.

Online John Nelson

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #48 on: May 27, 2020, 01:35:36 am »
That's a very interesting story Patco. Shows you that bizarre things happen.

I have toured with and without a spare tire. I currently feel better with. There are a number of tire failures that there is no recovery from, e.g., a broken bead. Only a spare will get you moving again. And, as you say, the nearest place to buy a new tire (that fits your bike) might be a long, long ways away. In your story, it was 65 miles, but I've been in many places where it would have been a lot farther than that.

Offline Inge

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #49 on: May 27, 2020, 02:12:58 am »
John - nice to know that it lasts a couple of months on a tour - however my next big tour, in a few years, will be several years in length. And if it would last at least a couple of years on a bike tour that would be brilliant for it would eliminate the need to bring an assortment of patches (tyres, matras, tent etc..)

Offline John Nettles

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #50 on: May 27, 2020, 09:23:21 am »
The worst case is to buy a roll and have some patches sent to you periodically as part of your resupply packages say every year.  That way the bulk of the patches are in a controlled environment and should last for years. 

I wish you a wonderful trip!

Tailwinds, John

Offline hikerjer

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #51 on: May 27, 2020, 11:59:59 am »
"I wish you a wonderful trip! - That's not a trip. It's a lifestyle. ;)

I hope it goes wonderfully.

Offline hikerjer

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #52 on: May 27, 2020, 01:53:04 pm »
"I wish you a wonderful trip!" - That's not a trip. It's a lifestyle. ;)

I hope it goes wonderfully.

Offline Inge

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #53 on: May 28, 2020, 02:37:31 am »
John - that is good thinking as well - might indeed just do that. Woukld definitely be a lot cheaper than buying smaller strips and cutting them to size.

Though I have not found a supplier with patches on a roill, yet.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #54 on: May 28, 2020, 10:31:01 am »
https://www.tear-aid.com/buy-now/
Ask and you shall receive.  I think I bought the 500 roll of die cut 7/8" patches.
« Last Edit: May 28, 2020, 10:41:25 am by John Nettles »

Offline froze

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #55 on: May 28, 2020, 05:03:50 pm »
Wow, you have enough patches to last many lifetimes!

Offline John Nettles

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #56 on: May 28, 2020, 05:06:21 pm »
I did but I kept giving them away to interested parties and now I am down to about 100 I would guess of Type A and maybe 150 of Type B.  They really are useful for many things so I actually use them somewhat frequently.

Offline Inge

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #57 on: May 29, 2020, 02:49:11 am »
John - thanks for the link. Need to figure out now if I can order this in NL as well.

Offline John Nettles

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #58 on: May 29, 2020, 01:20:43 pm »
Try Amazon or eBay.  In the US, they usually have them.  Be sure to know which one you are getting, type A or type B.  The website explains the difference but basically if you have Ortlieb pannier, you need type B to patch holes in them and type A for the other stuff.



Offline Inge

Re: Flats while touring
« Reply #59 on: May 30, 2020, 02:10:25 am »
John - the problem with amazon of ebay is that they charge very high shipping cost not making it worth while to order from them.

Though I have mailed tear-Aid hoping that they have a European distributor for me.

Thanks for the reminder of A/ B type. I have Arkel bags so type A should work for them.