On the subject of tire repair, I haven't had to repair a bicycle tire recently, but had to patch a tube on my lawn mower. Of course, the rubber cement in any tire repair kits I had kicking around was dried out, so I picked up a tin of cement at the local farm supply (TSC). I should have guessed when I read the label that said it was non-flammable. The stuff was completely useless because the patch started to peel as I was putting the tube in and didn't hold air when I was done. (And believe me, wrestling a small John Deere tire is a lot more work than a bike tire.) So, is it still possible to buy the good old rubber cement that used to work and will now give you cancer and set your house on fire (but didn't used to)? It seems that the more "safe" and "non-hazardous" products become, the less effective they are at doing the job they're supposed to.
-- John Betmanis Woodstock, Ontario Canada
On 13/07/2010 7:23 PM, Reid Fisher wrote:
> Seconding Don's recollection from the 60's of the cardboard sort of oval/rectangle tube with the metal end for roughening the rubber.
>> From what I'm finding in my Dad's stuff, generic inner tube patch kits were basically the same in the late 1930's to 1941 (the years he could've bought them). Didn't find any glue tubes.
> Reid Fisher
> San Martin, California