Bike flat tire repair kit inside tire levers

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  1. laurencerowe says:

    You really don’t want to be patching an inner tube at the side of the road, if at all. Take a spare tube instead, it’s barely larger than a patch kit.

  2. Flashman says:

    My nesting (plus they’re solid and sturdy)  tire levers take up SO much space.

    #solutionstoproblemsthatdontexist

  3. CrackWilding says:

    These look like they would snap if you so much as glanced at them.

  4. I would love to see a way (preferably on the road) to find the leak in a tube. Its easy if you have a body of water handy, but that is not always possible on the driest continent,  and I only have so much spit available.

    Also, I would like to see better ways to store these things on the bike. How about a last ditch puncture kit which fits inside a handle bar, and incorporates a handle bar end plug?

    Previously I put my tools and materials (spare tube and patch kit) in an old bottle on the seat tube bottle cage, but that space is taken by my lighting system battery pack now.

    • Ipo says:

      If your leak is so slow that you can’t feel its draft with your lips from a close proximity, you can just pump every hour and fix it at home. 
      Or you could slime your tube beforehand and not have that problem at all.

      • feel it’s draft with your lips from a close proximity

        Thats interesting. I have never tried that.

      • MikeKStar says:

        Slime sucks. Great for preventing flats but it’s heavy and screws up the balance of your wheel. Tire liners are better.

      • Gilbert Wham says:

         Never got Slime to work properly, though their plastic tyre-liners are amazing. I’ve hat mine the best part of a decade, have ridden home with a 1/2″ gash in the tyre (but a puncture-free inner tube, and sailed blithely through umpteen piles of glass shards with nary a pop or a hiss. Best £10 I’ve ever spent on bike accessories.

    • This is what you are looking for:

       http://hollandbikeshop.com/fietsonderdelen-racefiets/racefiets-banden/fietsbanden-reparatie/simson-lekzoeker/

  5. Eark_the_Bunny says:

    Get some of those tubes with the sealant goo inside.  I use that and I have not had a flat in years.  Also liners help too.

    • hymenopterid says:

      I used to work at a bike shop. Every March we would sell a lot of slime tubes because that’s when the goat heads come in around here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tribulus_terrestris I’ve seen tires with over 30 stuck in them, and they break off so you can never be sure if you’ve got the last one. Even worse, the little needles can stay embedded in the tire so that when you put in a new tube they puncture the tube as soon as you inflate it.

      If I sold a customer a regular tube in goat head season they would be back as soon as they went for a ride. If I sold them a slime tube they would not come back. Goat head season lasts all summer till the rains come, at which point the extra weight of a slime tube and rim strips is unwarranted.

      Of course you could just splurge on some Continental gator skins or some other tire with Kevlar protection.

  6. hotel says:

     Assuming the flat is not a pinch flat (i.e. a hole on both sides of the tube caused by running under-inflated tires), then the way to narrow down the location of the hole in the tube is to find the hole in the tire before removing it.

    By allowing you to make sure there’s no significant hole in the tire and no foreign matter embedded in the tire, you also make sure you won’t immediately get a second flat.

    It’s also handy to carry a bit of white chalk to mark the tire and tube when fixing a flat.

    As for this tool kit, I carry two levers and a pack of self adhesive patches. This a) occupies no more space than the kit shown here, and b) allows me to use whatever my current favourite kind of tire lever is.

    When it comes to preventing flats, I run tires with a very tough casing (this probably slows me down, but I’m not especially speedy in the first place), and I use tire liners. I also don’t try to really, really push the life of the tires down to the last micron of tread :)

    • MikeKStar says:

      Another tip is to take along a small section of cut up sidewall from an old tire….2-3 inches or so. This way if you get a substantial rip or slash you can put this inside the gash and it will keep the tube from bulging thru the hole long enough to limp home. Some cardboard or newspaper can also work in a pinch.

      • hymenopterid says:

        A dollar bill works too.  You can even use a dollar to patch a puncture in a tube as long as the puncture’s small enough.  The pressure between the tire and tube is enough to make a seal.

  7. MikeKStar says:

    If you learn the technique of rolling your tires onto the rim with your hands you don’t need levers at all. Plus you avoid pinch flats. Takes just a little practice and you can get even the most stubborn tire nicely seated onto the rim.

    Also, the single greatest piece of advice when changing a flat….run your finger along the inside of the tire before you put the new tube in to make sure whatever caused the first flat doesn’t cause a second.

    • legsmalone says:

       I thought that’s how you seated a tire on the rim. I’ve never used a lever to mount the bead, just to get them off.

  8. mdrewry says:

    “If you learn the technique of rolling your tires onto the rim with your hands you don’t need levers at all.”

    This sounds like magic! Could you share a video at all?

  9. alexb says:

    Yeah. Sorry, but a decent set of reliable tyre levers. Spare tubes (always 2) and instant stick on patches take up relatively little space and can be hung under the saddle in a wrap of fabric held in place with a toe strap. Or in a saddlebag.
    These are not really solving a problem. You still have to put them somewhere and you still need a pump.

  10. brainflakes says:

    Is it just me, or are these actually bigger than a set of normal tire levers and a separate pack of instant tire patches would be?

    • Bad Tux says:

      No they’re not larger than the normal tire levers. I have this exact tool set. I also have a set of normal tire levers and a separate pack of instant tire patches. I wouldn’t have bought this set if it were larger than the normal tire levers and patches, would I?

  11. Ito Kagehisa says:

    Interesting that they’re called “levers”.  The same thing used for non-bicycle tires is called a “tire spoon”.  The ones I prefer are like a flattened spoon shape, with a very slightly curved wrinkle in the middle to catch the wheel’s rim. They will work on any size or shape wheel, from bikes to suicide rims, but are too heavy to haul around on a bike.

    Northern tool has one, although not an exceptional specimen:
    http://www.northerntool.com/images/product/images/145898_lg.jpg

    • Gilbert Wham says:

       I constantly lose tyre levers, and end up using cutlery anyway (esp. spoons).

      • Bad Tux says:

        I use my regular tire levers around the house. This set stays in my undersaddle tool bag for use on the road, along with a spare tube and spiffy folding bike tool kit (another cool tool I picked up after validating that it would fit all common fasteners on my bike). 

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