Park Tool Vulcanizing Patch Kit - VP-1
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- The VP-1 Patch Kit includes six thin and flexible patches with tapered edges to blend with the tube's profile.
- A tube of self-vulcanizing fluid bonds the patch to the tube at the molecular level.
- Each kit is packaged in a small plastic box with sandpaper for cleaning the tube and instructions.
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The VP-1 Patch Kit includes six thin and flexible patches with tapered edges to blend with the tubes profile. Four round patches are 25 mm in diameter for smaller holes. Two oval patches of 25 mm x 35 mm are for wider cuts. A tube of self-vulcanizing fluid bonds the patch to the tube at the molecular level. Each kit is packaged in a small plastic box with sandpaper for cleaning the tube and instructions.
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- Recommended Use: patching tubes
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Note to self - always pack a repair kit, and always have a way to pump your tires no matter the length of your ride.
The inside of the case has some handy little instructions, but they're condensed, so watch the official Park Tool video if you're unsure how to use it.
The only thing that could potentially be confusing is that the instructions only say to "peel off the backing" but each patch is actually sandwiched between a piece of cellophane-like material and a piece of foil-like material. After sanding and waiting for the glue to dry, what you want to do is peel off the foil piece but leave the clear piece on, then put the now naked side of the patch over the hole and apply pressure for a minute or two. Leave the clear piece there when reinstalling the tube; it won't hurt anything.
The Park Tool video also includes this handy tip: mark the location of the hole with an X in chalk or marker or pen or something, because after you sand and apply the glue, it's going to be practically invisible.
There is one condition in which these patches work well, and that's if you're able to get the bike home and patch it there. First, if your hole or puncture requires you to place the patch over the ridge in the middle of the tube, you will need to remove the ridge (air creeps out along that ridge to the edge of the patch). Use a disposable (shaving) razor to remove the ridge, then sand the area around the hole thoroughly. Apply glue liberally, let dry until tacky. Then--and this is extremely important--apply the patch, press firmly, use two pieces of wood (I use paint sticks) and a clamp to firmly hold the patch in place. Let it sit, while clamped, for 8 hours or more, remove the clamp and you're good to go. Long story short, you cannot follow the directions on the box and expect positive results.
After patching, clamping and letting sit, the patch will typically hold at full pressure just like a normal un-patched tube.
It includes 6 patches of various sizes, sandpaper and glue. All in one convenient box.
Most recent customer reviews
This ad says four 25mm patches. I was sent the kits with two small 15mm, two medium, and two large.Read more