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My Husband and Son like to go out on there bikes regularly, but as often happens a flat tire can be a little annoyance that gets in the way of a couple of hours exercise and fun This weekend just gone my Husband pulled his bike out of the shed only to discover the tyre was flat.
After much huffing and puffing a puncture repair kit was unearthed, the one we found was a Weldtite Puncture Repair Kit, an extra I had added to my basket when purchasing a bike lock from amazon.co.uk for my son so he could ride his bike to college and lock it up safely. The Weldtite repair kit can currently be purchased on amazon.co.uk for £4.45 with free delivery but I am sure I paid less a couple of months ago.
The repair kit comes in a compact white plastic tub; it is quite small so there is really no excuse for not throwing it in your back pack before setting off on a bike journey.
Once you have pried the puncture repair kit open you are presented with a small 5g tube of rubber glue, 4 x small patches, 2 x large patches and a piece of abrasive/sand paper. Unfortunately there was no chalk in my pack, maybe this is an oversight on the manufacturers part, I am unsure.
Once Mr H had found his puncture, he used the age old method of immersing the inner tube in a bowl of water and looking for the bubbles; He popped his thumb over the hole and proceeded to dry off the inner tube. This is where the chalk would have come in handy as he would have been able to mark the puncture with the chalk and not worry about keeping his thumb over it and trying to dry it off at the same time.
Once the puncture was found and dried off Mr H then roughed the surface of the inner tube up using the abrasive/sand paper, he told me this is to ensure the glue gets a good grip of the inner tube. He then selected his patch, and dotted some glue onto the inner tube and the patch and united patch and inner tube. He pressed the patch down nice and tight and ensured a good air tight seal; he then smeared a bit more glue over the patch to make sure it was fully glued down. We then came up against the need to soak up the excess glue, again this is where the chalk would have come in handy as we would have been able to crumble a small amount over the sticky patch and dry up the glue. Ever resourceful Mr H used some Plain Flour and declared that would do.
After a few hours Mr H inflated the inner tube and inspected it closely around his patch for leaks, it all seemed fine and he put the inner tube back into the tyre, put the tyre back on the wheel, so on and so forth. The bike has been ridden a couple of times now and seems to be holding up well.
The patches and glue are really good quality compared to some other kits we have used where you might as well try and repair the inner tube with spit and a cornflake. The lack of chalk is a bit of nuisance that can easily be overcome when I find some chalk, but I am removing a star for it. The plastic box is sturdy and keeps all the patches and glue in one place, so overall I feel this is a good quality kit but a tad over priced.
Thank you for reading.
"Weldtite AirTite Puncture Repair Kit. Tools. High quality puncture repair kit with feathered patches. Features: • Contents as pictured • 8 Piece set"