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I happened to do just that. I took an old hand pump and an inner tube to the bath tub. Submerged the pump and pre-filled the tube with water, complete with burping out any air bubbles. With the tube moderately full and free from air, I put it on the rim with the tire. Then the final pressure up. The first thing to notice is that the pump operates with ...
One critical step that's often missed is thoroughly bedding the patch. After installing it (I prefer the glue to not be totally dry but with a few specks of "damp" yet) but before removing the plastic backing you take something like a smooth-ended tire iron and rub it slowly back and forth across the patch, pressing hard. This assures that the patch, tube, ...
I've found that the amount of time I let the glue dry makes the biggest difference. It really needs to get from "wet" to "tacky" to work best. Scraping the tube and the glue brand make a bit of difference too. If the patch seems relatively well stuck, but comes up when you try to take the backing off, just leave the backing on; it won't hurt anything.
Pros of Latex Tubes Lightweight compared to butyl tubes More flexible than butyl tubes, leading to a smoother ride. Cons of Latex Tubes More expensive (about 3 to 4 times the price) May be more susecptable to blowouts. Should be powedered with talc before installing to reduce stickyness and avoid pinching. Looses pressure more quickly due to more porus ...
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