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05/31/2012

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Robb

I've had the exact opposite experience. glue patches are reliable, stickers patches fail (0 for 2 on stickers).

if you ever need to patch the sole of a shoe, check out a product called Shoe Goo. It has given a second life to several pairs of shoes for the cost of a $4 tube of the stuff.

TurbineBlade

+1 to Robb here. I hate those sticker patches, which are FAR more failure prone than traditional patches. So long as you smear the glue over a clean area of tube LARGER than the patch, and you LET THE GLUE DRY a patch is basically a permanent part of the tire. No problems at all.

That said, your hack is pretty cool ;).

Darren Cripps

I prefer the self adhesive ones - found the Park ones and Scabs to be reliable.

Not a big fan of the glue-ons. Especially when they stick the tube to the inside of the tyre....

Loki

I've had both positive and negative experience with the vulcanizing patch kits, and no experiences with sticker ones. I found that the key to using the vulcanizing ones is to spread the glue out over a larger area than the patch occupies (I'd imaging doing it exactly the same size would also work, but larger is a little bit more fool proof.) I've heard that most sticker patch kits don't work, with the exception of the Park brand ones which are a little on the pricey side.

TurbineBlade

+2 on the "spreading the glue to a larger size than the patch" on the traditional vulcanizing patches.

This really isn't up for debate here -- the vulcanizing patches by far out-perform the new, crappy stick on patches. Even the manufactures don't recommend them for high psi tires/tubes -- because they don't hold up as well under the stress.

Lennard Zinn also writes about them a bit in his repair guides.

-- Just don't want anyone reading here to get the wrong idea.

Lou

Like 20+ years ago I would get scuff marks on my sneakers from ollies on my skateboard. I would take an old bike tire and make a large patch and use shoe goo to adhere it over my sneakers. It kind of looked cool, in a punk teenager way. and the rubber did not wear down as fast as my shoes did.

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