I patched a few tubes yesterday and put metal stem in two but I found two tubes where the patch would not stay on. I roughed them up real good and put a clamp on them overnight. When I took the clamp off the patch fell off. Has anyone found a solvent that will stick patches to these plastic tubes?
I have the same problem. The new silicone rubber tubes don't accept patches. Even Camel hot patches don't work on these new thick tubes.
Royce, where do you find hot patches nowadays? This is the only way I was taught to patch a tube, but my stock is getting low.
Hmm, silicon rubber now eh? Bummer.
So "progress" has brought us another "improvement".
The E.P.A. put a stop to the hot patch, the only way you can get them is find old stock. KB
Like anyone would sniff the nasty smoke they put out--which is probably why the EPA did them in.
OK< eBay and yard sales it is.
I don't like to patch a tube. When I do I use the modern bicycle tube patches. They work great and require no heat. Modern and high tech.
I haven't had any problems patching tubes, but my newest one is probably at least five years old. Are all of the tubes made with silicone now, or are we still able to buy ones that we can use? Dave
I bought a couple dealer boxes full of Camel patches several years ago on eBay. One box of diamond shape, another of round. I don't think you can ship them legally but I was sure happy someone did!
I had two tubes given to me by a fellow hobbyist who is not too swift with a tire tool. One was made in USA and the other Vietnam. They are both about twice as thick as old Wards Riverside tubes and a patch doesn't stick to them.