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This is the repair kit that my dad always used to use with our bikes as kids. It is probably the most famous and effective puncture repair kit ever. I bought this pack when I chose my bike as I liked the idea of it having a tyre tool in as well, a great asset as it takes the tyre off with ease. The Rema tip top kit features its famous vulcanising solution which my dad always swore by. These days I tend to favour the self adhesive patches as they are far less fuss and much easier to use.
==Price and availability==
The Rema tip top kit costs £3.99 from bike shops such as Halfords. It is a set that comes with five patches but you can buy these separately as the tube of glue will last for a long time.
This is a really handy kit and features two tyre levers so you can remove the tyre from the wheel. To do this you need to slide it under the tyre and run it along the wheel gently prising it off as you go around. This does take a little bit of pressure but it soon pops off. In the kit there are five various sized patches, one oval, one 50 x 25 mm and two 25 mm diameter patches. These have a feathered edge which makes them easier to apply and smooth out. The patches come on a foil packed piece of paper and are very thin. The glue is a 5m tube of vulcanising solution and can be resealed and stored away. The set comes with a small square of sandpaper to create a little bit of friction for the inner tube to stick to the patch. The whole set comes in a little cardboard box that is really small and can be stored away after use. The packaging has not changed to how I remember it as a child.
This set is really good and it is such a reliable product, I bought it in haste though before realising that you can buy self adhesive patches that seem to be just as good. I like how easy the self adhesive patches are but I think that this set is probably more reliable. If I got a puncture out on the road I would use the self adhesive kit as it is much easier! The feathered edge is something that I think is really useful on these patches as it helps with the shape of the tube. The self adhesive patches I bought were smooth and when it came to smoothing out the patch, it did seem a little bumpy. I have used this kit once and found that apart from it being a bit messy, the patch took much longer to dry than I thought, I was really wary of inflating it before it was dry. My boyfriend will always prefer this kit to the self adhesive patches but I honestly have never experienced a problem with the kit so I think that I will continue to use myself adhesive patches and keep this kit for when the first lot runs out. Going on the amount of times I have actually cycled to work this year, I can see both kits lasting a lifetime!
"Rema Tip Top Puncture Repair Kit & Levers TT05. Tools. Probably the most permanent repair kit available. Features: •Fully feathered patches of various sizes •Vulcanising solution and emery paper. •Complete with tyre levers"