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    Fix a flat tire with a patch kit.

    A follow up to my other post, how do you guys feel about patch kits to fix a flat tire? Should I not even bother with it and just carry an extra tube or can I feel confident with using patch kits?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tony777 View Post
    A follow up to my other post, how do you guys feel about patch kits to fix a flat tire? Should I not even bother with it and just carry an extra tube or can I feel confident with using patch kits?
    Carry a patch kikt and a tube....

    Swapping out a tube is much faster....but you can definately get multiple flats...

    Personnally I only carry a tube....I havn't had a flat in quite some time, and I ride tubeless tires.

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    Carry a tube and a patch kit.

    If you get a flat on trails, put a new tube on. The patch kit is your back up in case...

    Patch the punctured tube at home and make it your spare.

    "it IS possible that you are faster or slower than anybody else who is having at least as much if not more or less fun"

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    Carry the tube and patch kit. Sometimes you get multiple flats and also some flats are not repairable with a patch kit.
    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles
    That depends. Can you go fvck yourself?

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    I carry a patch kit in my pack and a tube strapped to my seat post. Better safe than sorry.

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