How To Fix A Flat With Duct Tape -Step By Step With Structural Analysis
The method is simple:
1. Find the hole.
2. Apply contact adhesive around the hole on the inner tube, and on the prepared dry patch.
3. Put patch on hole, and wrap with an overlapping turn of the duct tape.
4. The duct tape keeps the patch from sliding , until fully dry, and applied reverse pressure on the hole to prevent air from escaping.
5. The fabric does not allow the contact adhesive to move away from the area hole, so the contact adhesive tends to stay around the hole even with high pressure until the area is dry.
6. Pump up the tire, and ride away.
7. Or you can just replace the intertube, with one that you have as a spare, and let the new fixed intertube, be used in the future.
8. Always carry spare inner tube, tools, and small bicycle pump, alone with spare contact adhesive and duct tape.
9. You will find that the patches will be difficult to remove, as a proof that this method really works.
10. Old inner tubes can be used over and over, with many patched holes.
Notes On the Process :
1. The key to this method is the fabric or cloth patches. This method has been ride tested over and over, where as soon as you apply the dry patch and wet contact adhesive, the tire holds pressure, and you can just patch apply and ride is that simple and yes it works, that is the meaning of ride tested.
2. This method can be used with the normal bike patch kits, but they are not needed and quit inferior. It is the fabric or cloth patches with the contact adhesive that are the true secret and breakthrough.
3. Yes, this method really works, and is an outstanding solution to a very important problem.
4. Any cloth or fabric patches can be used, and so this method is really an example of applied recycling and applied technology.
5. The secret is to use contact adhesive, and not rubber cement. The contact adhesive almost works all by itself, and the duct tape just holds the patch in place without sliding until the adhesive is dry and will not slide.
6. The original idea, was just to use the duct tape by itself, but the holes just seemed to get bigger, and the tire would not even hold air.
7. The key to the idea of using duct tape because of the outstanding adhesive used on duct tape, and the fabric aspect ?but reality proved that duct tape was causing problems and not solving them. The duct tape adhesive was holding the hole open, and nothing was allowing the hole to be closed again.
8. We also noticed that the duct tape , had no trouble sticking to itself and keeping the steel band effect, that was expected to prevent the air from escaping.
9. But the air pressure was too great, and the adhesive could be seen to be pushed away from the hole area.
10. This is where we got the idea of using fabric or cloth, which had a tight weave, and would act as a honey comb effect to trap both air and spreading adhesive.
11. White glue is to make the cloth stronger, and the contact adhesive was to provide the air tight qualities needed.

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