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The best method to patch your tubes,
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This is pretty much the gold standard of bicycle tube patching. I picked up 8 boxes to minimize the shipping charge per box (8 boxes had the same charge as 1 box). I like the smaller tubes of glue so that you can sit down and patch 7 tubes all at once and not have to worry about the freshness of the glue.
If you have been frustrated in the past with patches that get funky over time in your bike bag, or if your patches do not always hold, you will probably like these patches. The box is rigid plastic that holds up well in a bike bag.
The patches themselves are thick enough for most of the area to keep the bond with the tire and they taper down to a very thin scalloped edge that fuzed very nicely with the tube and is unlikely to get pulled up by anything (except maybe your own effort to remove the thin clear plastic backing. I have started to just leave that on the patch. It does not seem to do any harm doing so. But if you must remove it, first try one corner carefully, and if it looks like it is pulling on the patch, just try a different corner) I have found that thicker edges tend to catch and break loose from the tire.
They stretch nicely with the tire. Much more so than my old method of using a piece cut out of an old inner tube. You can see this in action when you pump up a tire with a patch looking for another hole.
A word about "vulcanizing" fluid. I found a lot of discussion out there (without much support) as to how much Rema's $10 formula differs from Elmer's $2 Rubber Cement I had been using all these years. Then I read, "If you use Elmer's, you will find that, one month later, you can pull the patch off, but with the TipTop vulcanizing fluid, you cannot". However it was stated in a fashion that led me to believe that he did not actually test that theory. So I decided to try.
Result? After 80 miles, the patch certainly looked chemically fuzed to the tube and it took a lot of effort to get an edge up (more effort than my patches of the past), however I WAS able to separate it from the tire as if there never was a patch, so it did not truly become one with the rubber of the tube. However the entire patch and especially the all important edges DID look like no air would ever escape.
In the end however, I like the small sealed tubes and I just feel more confident in my patch using the fluid provided by Rema as there is a good possibility that the formula they use bonds better to the chemicals on their patches.
The real proof however is in this statement: This are the only patches I have tried that have never, not once, leaked again. My tubes have an average of 4 of these per tube and I feel secure continuing to use these tubes, which has never been true before I switched to these patches.
I have never tried them on a long tear or a leaking stem however (obviously). When that happens, I just throw the tube away.