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No I’m not saying you can’t buy patch kits out there. They are still available. But what I’m saying is patch kits are no longer needed for mountain biking. For the most part, people will generally ride with an extra tube or two just in case they do get flats.
Patch its are not practical at all. They take too long to apply and sometimes when you’re in a rush, you don’t do a good enough job to completely seal the hole.
Replacing a flat with a fresh tube makes more sense and its waaay quicker! Besides with the advent of products such as Stan’s No Tubes…patch kits…heck even tubes in this application is not even necessary. Think about it, when was the last time you used a patch kit on the trail? Did you sit there and look for the hole, score the tube, apply the glue…blow on the glue(don’t inhale!)then apply the patch…
I mean…C’MON! That process is way 1980′s! Just grab a fresh tube! Fix your flat, get back on the bike and ride.
So I’m sure you’re thinking…”what if you pop your fresh/spare tube and got nothing left?” Well thats when you HAVE to go 1980′s and patch it…what? What else are you going to do? Walk…pshhh…mountain bikers don’t walk! We ride!