Patch brand, type, size

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Tim Graichen, Sep 22, 2017.

  1. Tim Graichen

    Tim Graichen Been here awhile

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    Planning for my trip up the Dalton next year and got to thinking about tire repairs in a place where the rubber worms wouldn't work. That leaves patching the inside. What brand, type, size of patches should I include in my kit along with the rubber worms? Are cut pieces of Innertube and vukcanizing cement the best oprion or are commercially made patches a better bet?
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  2. RetiredandRiding

    RetiredandRiding Retired to Ride

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  3. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    I dunno, If you pull the tire to patch it, what will you use to seat the bead? Ether?
    I'd say to bring an innertube for if your tire gets so bad you can't patch it.
    Then bring patches for the innertube.
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  4. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I would just go with better armored tire and lower pressure and speeds. Dalton isn't Dempster, I have not seen them use shale out there. Our E07 Dakar haven't had any problems but the people we talked to who flatted had either arrowhead shaped pieces of shale or shaked off bolts both fixed with worms.

    Do you have a center stand? Tools to take front/rear wheel? If anything you can patch cut from inside with duct tape and carry spare tube good luck.

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  5. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    And I don't think the little compressor I carry would be enough to seat tubeless tire, so tube + duct tape may be the only option.

    Do you have a center stand? I have tested de-beading tires with center stand and at some point 2 of us had bike in the air with all weight resting on kickstand and it wasn't enough to pop the bead. Every rim/tire combination is different, so it might be possible in your case but definitely wasn't for us, so we opted for heaviest tire option (Mitas E07 Dakar). They have very tough casting. Had rear start wobbling at 70mph when found nail it was down to 11psi still handled reasonably good.

    Another flat tire story: the friend of mine had been on the trip to Caribbean country, and when flatted was told to ride at 25. Apparently at this speed centrifugal and weight compensate so tire sort of stays inflated. He could not believe that, so guide swapped bikes with him and rode to support truck.
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