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Repair a Broken Plastic Tab / Latch on a Carrying Case

Has the plastic latch on your toolbox or carrying case weakened or completely broken off?

Use a bicycle tube repair patch to re-attach a broken plastic tab or reinforce a weak latch on your tool carrying cases. The rubber patch is designed to vulcanize (basically stiffen) after application and the adherence is great. I layer two on each latch in opposite directions to improve strength and cover a larger area.

Be sure to thoroughly roughen the plastic and remove all "shiny" surfaces on the plastic with sandpaper for best adherence. Most bicycle patch kits include the patches, a metal tool to roughen the plastic, and the solvent necessary to react with the soft red rubber on the patch....and they are cheap - less than $2.

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How to Patch a Bicycle Tube?

buy a new tube.

Pull out tube
Pump air in to it
put under water
notice were are leaks from
using a bicycle patch kit
sand tyre around hole
glue patch over hole
wait for glue to set
check no nails, glass embedded in tyre first before you
put tube back inside tyre
put tyre back on wheel



Oct 20, 2016 | Cycling

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I have kit, but no instructions on how to repair a bike tube. help please.I have bike tube repair kit with patches, glue and metal things

The metal thingy is used to roughen up the tube, where the patch will go, so the glue will stick. The glue may have instructions on it, but place glue onto the patch and the tube and let it dry for a few minutes, then place patch over hole.
when refitting the tube, sprinkle some powder on it around the patch and inside the tyre, make sure you have removed whatever caused the initial puncture. Try to refit the tyre without using any levers, so you dont pinch the tube again

May 10, 2010 | Cycling

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