Re: [CR] Tire repair history

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Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010 23:49:08 -0700 (PDT)
From: "John D Proch" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR] Tire repair history

Hi John,

There are 3 of the leading things that cause cancer. They are 1) Cigarette smoking 2) Breathing benzene and xylene fumes from guess where? You've got the gas pump and 3) Stress. Stress about getting cancer, paying the mortgage, loosing one's job, etc. It is been known and proven that stress causes the increase in cortisol levels in the blood. Cortisol is important because this cortisol is increased in the body for the body's ability to avoid a stressful or emergency situation. An example is running from a bear that is chasing an individual in the woods, or trying to get away from a dog on a bicycle. The old tire repair cement was great. It worked and we used to light it to make it bond better into the rubber. It was simple to use. I fear that there won't be enough paint reducer or epoxy primer left when I get to my paint supplier.When I get ready to paint my bikes in the next several years I believe that I will have to use water based primers and base coats. The green people have had it all removed for fear of messing up our environment and substituted it for water based primers that I understand are horrible where adhesion is concerned. I have a friend who now will not eat chicken, eggs, etc. because she is afraid that the growth inhibitors that are used in chickens feed at the major chicken plants across America is full of cancerous growth hormone chemicals. What do we do, raise our own chickens? I still will not buy a fiberglass bike. Steel lugged frames are the greatest.

Best Regards, John Proch La Grange, Texas

________________________________ From: John Betmanis <> To: Sent: Tue, July 13, 2010 8:32:25 PM Subject: Re: [CR] Tire repair history

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