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    One who wanders Singlespeedster's Avatar
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    Patching Tubeless

    What is the best method people have found to patch tubelless?

    I have been runing tubeless tires for about a year and have just recently had my first flat. I patched it with a park speed patch, which did not hold at first. But after running a tube in the tire, the park patch seems to be holding.

    I do not, however, trust it.

    So far I have heard that superglue works well, and automotive patch kits work well.

    Are the Hutchinson patch kits just more expensive versions of the automotive kits?

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    the Bontrager site (even though Keith Bontrager left years ago) has some good info.

    All About Tubeless

    typically, a tubeless tire will be non-porous to prevent excessive air seepage. to do this, the inside wall is made very smooth and coated with a waxy slick treatment. this treatment is what usually causes tire boots to fail.

    a little windex will help to prepare the surface to accept a boot.

    most important info from the site "It is often possible to repair a damaged casing in order to ride out on a given day. It is only good for an emergency repair so *replace the tire before the next ride*."

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    MoJo Neophyte WrenchPilot's Avatar
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    You should be able to use a regular patch kit. You want to clean the area around the hole as good as possible. I realize on the trail this could be difficult. Put the patch on, then insert a standard tube and finish your ride. Once your home, take the tube out and you should have a patched tire! This should work for you as long as your hole is not too big.

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