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What adhesives can I use with a road bike inner tube patch?

Asked by cockswain (15254points) April 10th, 2011

I’ve got patches, but the adhesive in the patch kit gone. I don’t want to buy a patch kit just for the adhesive. Can I use something like rubber cement? Any other substitutes? I haven’t seen anywhere I can just get the glue.

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john65pennington's avatar

Gorilla Glue claims it can adhere anything to anything. Give it a shot. Its at WalMart.

I use it for just about anything.

cockswain's avatar

That is pretty good stuff. I’m hoping to find someone who has actual experience using something so I don’t get a leak when I pump it up. Road tires are inflated to about 110psi. If no one has an answer, I’ll probably have to experiment with things like that. I’ve got like 6 tubes to patch.

john65pennington's avatar

Have you considered calling a local bike shop and asking if they sell the glue or have some you can have? It’s worth a phone call.

cockswain's avatar

Oh yeah, done that at three places. They only sell the kit. There’s never enough glue in those kits for all the patches you get. I’m trying to beat the man.

gondwanalon's avatar

Don’t take a chance with gorilla glue or monkeying around with other substitutes.

You can buy a tube of tube patch kit glue from Amazon for 99ยข. It is called “Pax Rubber Cement Patch Kit Glue Tube Tire TL983MXX”

cockswain's avatar

Do you think just good ol’ rubber cement would work? That was my instinct. Otherwise I’ll get the Pax, thanks.

jaytkay's avatar

Rubber cement works fine. The tire repair glue is simply a tiny tube of rubber cement. I have ridden hundreds of miles on patches made from old inner tube snippets and rubber cement.

Use a small amount and let it dry before applying the patch.

woodcutter's avatar

How much does a emergency patch kit cost these days anyway? Get a bottle of slime and be done with-it.

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