Fix a Bike Inner Tube With Two Common House Hold Products

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Introduction: Fix a Bike Inner Tube With Two Common House Hold Products

This is the third time my bike inner tube broke and I was tired of buying new tubes,so I set out to find a way i could fix the tube without spending money on a new tube,or stickers,or goo.With deodorant and clear mailing tape you can be riding along soon enough.

Step 1: Take the Tire Off

Unlock the brakes, take off the chain*, and unbolt the wheel bolts

*Only for back tire.*

Step 2: Patch the Hole

For this step you will need deodorant and the clear mailing tape. first apply the deodorant then tape over it tightly.

Step 3: Pump It Up

Reattach The Wheel, Pump It Up,And Get Going

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    15 Discussions

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    jw58479
    jw58479

    1 year ago

    I just "patched" two tubes/tires with an el cheapo (as in made in China) patch kit. By the next morning, both of my repairs were flat. I attributed it to the patch kit I was using. The patches in the kit were stiff, like a 1/16" thick piece of wood in the shape of a patch. I didn't think they would work, but I tried it anyway. So, I was wondering, can you use an old inner tube and cut your own patches from that, and use contact cement on the tube and patch ? It seems to me that my dad used to do that in the old days. I have a tube of contact cement, so I'm thinking this would work. I realize that in modern times, no one does this, but I think this might be because patch kits are readily available. Has anyone tried this, does it work ?

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    christiansoldier1997
    christiansoldier1997

    Reply 2 months ago

    Yes you can use old tubes but use Rubber cement. you cut the patch. rough up, i use 100 grit fine sandpaper instead of the metal things in the patch kits, tube where hole is and side of patch to go on tube. Apply rubber cement to patch and tube let stand til most of the gloss is gone( roughly 5 min) Apply patch and should be ready to install inflate and ride off on.

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    Sstupidity
    Sstupidity

    3 months ago

    Another trick is silicone caulk and w40 or other variety lubricant . Depress valve, spray lube for a few seconds into tube valve. Grab caulking gun insert caulk tube(for sealing windows tile and the like) expel an ounce of two into the depressed valve again. Run to air compressor/powered air pump and fill to Max PSI, take it for a ride and if you got enough caulk take a ride listening to Zero for Zero on the bandcamp app or site. It's messy and may not work on some tubes. At your own risk applies.

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    Rashaun3
    Rashaun3

    Tip 2 years ago on Step 3

    If the above does not work, you can take the remains of another inner tube that's busted and use it to patch up this one using rubber cement over the puncter area and using the rubber you cut from the old inner tube. After the cement has dried, inflate for testing. If the patch is coming loose and the ends, add more rubber cement while its inflated and apply pressure to hold it in place. If THAT doesn't work, super glue that thang!

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    Brianm601
    Brianm601

    3 years ago

    What's the deodorant for

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    BillyC33
    BillyC33

    4 years ago

    contact cement and a old bike tube

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    DonM45
    DonM45

    4 years ago

    What type of deodorant did you use?

    i could have patched it, but instead my tube split down the middle. i wasnt even at 30 psi. i should have read the comments, or tried gum and leaves

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    Chill_Tillman
    Chill_Tillman

    7 years ago

    This didn't work. I tried it

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    TurboFish
    TurboFish

    7 years ago on Introduction

    That doesn’t look like it works. Does it hold pressure? Why not just use a patch kit?

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    getack
    getack

    9 years ago on Introduction

    I cant imagine this holding the 4Bar of pressure i put in my wheels...

    Another thing: The inner tube is flexible for a reason. It swells inside the tire as it is inflating. That clear tape is not flexible at all, so one of two things will happen. The tape will tear apart exposing the the puncture, or the tire will not swell in that area, which will cause an uneven ride.