My father used to love tool gadgets. Every time he saw one in a store that caught his attention, it was soon in a bag making its way to our home. His toolbox looked more like a mishmash of cheap, low-quality doohickies than a toolkit filled with tools that make work easier. But he really did like them, whether they worked as advertised or not.
Now it’s my turn. I’m not as enamored with gadgets as my dad was, but if the tool’s quality is good, and the tool does the job it’s supposed to do, well, then I’m a fan. So when a tool that some might consider a gadget came across my desk the other day, I was quite interested to see whether it fits into my dad’s camp or mine.
Dynaplug road/trailside tire repair
Enter the Dynaplug Pro Xtreme Tubeless Tire Repair Kit. It looks like a gadget, but in this case, it seems to be a very sturdy and helpful tool. The one shown here is Dynaplug’s all billet 6061 aluminum Pro Xtreme tool.
The tool opens near the base of the handle and carries all the tool’s components internally. There’s no need to have a pouch or something to hold the tool’s supplies. Inside the tool are the things you need to make roadside repairs, and they are packaged quite nicely.
What’s inside the Dynaplug tool?
Once you open up the tool you’ll find:
- 3 – Insertion tubes preloaded with repair plugs
- Air stopper
- Clearing attachment
- Pipe cleaner
(Note: Dynaplug also includes a separate supply of 12 additional tire repair plugs for later use.)
The insertion tubes are hollow aluminum tubes that surround the plugs. With the tube appropriately screwed into the tool, you insert the metal pointed rubber plug into the tire’s carcass. No glues or solvents are necessary. If you have to pierce through some thick tread, you can even hit the widened head of the tool with a hammer.
Also inside tool the is the “clearing attachment.” It looks like a reamer to me, although Dynaplug says that’s not what it is designed for. It’s a threaded screw-like device that also screws securely onto the tool. You use the tool to “confirm the angle of the puncture and clear the path through the steel mesh of the tire before repair plug insertion.” That sounds like pretty standard stuff.
Dynaplug includes another tool called the “air stopper.” It’s used to plug the hole and seal it until you can re-set your tool with the rubber plug for the final repair. This way, you can remove the nail, etc. and stop any more air from escaping your tire.
If there’s a foilable to the Dynaplug package, it’s that there’s nothing to help you reinflate the tire after a puncture. That means that the use of the kit considers you can find the site of the leak before the tire pressure goes to zero.
But I get it that they are trying to make the kit as small as possible and that most people who are preparing for a puncture also carry some type of inflation device. In this case, the Dynaplug kit seems like a pretty solid way to repair common leaks.
When it’s time to put the tool back together, just put the air stopper, clearing attachment, and insertion tubes back into the handle, and you’re done. In a nice touch, there’s even a rubber O-ring where the head of the handle screws into the handle. That should keep water out.
All up, the entire kit is pretty small. Dynaplug quotes the Dynaplug’s dimensions as 5.42 inches by 1.75 inches. It could easily fit in a jacket pocket, tank bag, or on some bikes, even under the seat.
Dynaplug comes with a limited lifetime warranty and is made in the USA. The suggested retail price is $69.99. That’s a decent chunk of change. But compared to the time and inconvenience of having to find a dealer, it seems like cheap insurance.
How is it to use and does it work?
The short answer is that I don’t know at the moment. We were just coming out of Vermont’s mud season and I was pretty anxious to go riding. But COVID restrictions here are of the “stay at home” variety so I haven’t been out and about other than for necessities.
The other issue is that I just put a set of brand new tires on my bike. Even when the COVID restrictions are lifted, it will take me a while before I either get a puncture or burn them down to the point where I will purposely puncture them to test the tool.
I do have a couple of burned up TKCs lying around, so I may just try the tool out on them. As soon as I do, I’ll give you some feedback on how it all went.