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Storing puncture repair kits

bigmonkabigmonka Posts: 361
edited February 2016 in Commuting general
I had to do a puncture repair last night but found that my rubber cement tube had gone all hard and unusable. So I turned to the Park Tools pre-glued patches, but they'd lost most of their stickiness too :(

Basically I think they've been in the garage or my bag for too long, and got too cold (or maybe hot last summer).

How do you guys store your kits that keeps them useable?!

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  • oxomanoxoman Posts: 9,278
    Found similar with mine some time ago and to be fair i don't repair my tubes on the fly, i tend to replace with either a new one or previously repaired one unless desperate. As i swing both ways MTB and Road i tend to pick up the odd one mainly MTB to be honest i repair mine in batches. I try and keep fresh self adhesive patches available in my saddle pouch and when they start to look a bit tired or dog eared get put in the workshop for use with glue and some stage. I buy my glue in small tubes and only carry fully sealed ones on my bike.
    Too many bikes according to Mrs O.
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    BigMonka wrote:
    I had to do a puncture repair last night but found that my rubber cement tube had gone all hard and unusable. So I turned to the Park Tools pre-glued patches, but they'd lost most of their stickiness too :(

    Basically I think they've been in the garage or my bag for too long, and got too cold (or maybe hot last summer).

    How do you guys store your kits that keeps them useable?!

    Mine are in a few twists of cling-film; all in with tools etc in tool bottle. Worked fine last visit. Main reason for cling film is that the little bit of roughening paper was get censored all over my multitools and setting off my latent ocd
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    Found that out the hard way that once the seal is pierced the solvent escapes in a few months. So now I save punctured tubes then patch them at home, several at a time, then chuck the glue when I'm done.
    In my seat pack I carry patches and a sealed, unused tube of glue, and hope not to need them. I'll also have 1 or 2 spare tubes depending on how far from civilization I'm going and for how long, so I can simply replace the tube and take the wounded one home for later repair.
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