Poor patching job on a bike inner turb
March 21, 2012 11:01 AM Subscribe
So I tried to patch a bike tube on my lunch break and I apparently didn't spread enough of the vulcanizing agent. Is the tube ruined?
posted by thecaddy to sports, hobbies, & recreation (14 answers total)
Because I didn't spread enough of the vulcanizing stuff, the edges of the patch are still free--as a result, the plastic on the back of the patch won't come off without taking the patch with it. I figure I have a few options, but I don't know which one is best.
1. Rip the patch off, and reapply the vulcanizing agent and a new patch, after re-roughing the area.
2. Apply more of the vulcanizing agent around the edges of the patch. Given that you're supposed to wait five minutes before applying the patch, I'm not sure if this will work.
3. Just leave the plastic on the patch and keep this tube in my office as a "worst-case scenario" option.
4. Get rid of the tube.
Any ideas on which one of these options is the best? Anything I'm missing here?