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Compact patchnride tool gets flat tires up and running in 60 seconds

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June 19, 2014

The patchnride tool repairs punctures by injecting a patch between the tire and the tube

The patchnride tool repairs punctures by injecting a patch between the tire and the tube

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For something that can happen so easily, a flat tire is responsible for a disproportionate amount of angst. Even if your wheels spin on the quickest of quick-release axles, patching up a tube or replacing it all together can be as frustrating as it is time consuming. The team behind patchnride has developed a device claimed to quickly repair a punctured inner tube, no greased-covered hands or fidgety levers required.

As the name suggests, patchnride is designed to provide a quick-fix for a punctured tire, without having to remove the wheel. Unlike the SLiME Smart Tubes and Michelin Protek Max inner tube, which offer a self-contained solution, the patchnride is a separate tool that is small enough to keep in your pocket.

As with conventional patching jobs, the first step is to locate the leak. The patchnride kits includes a leak detector, which is essentially a liquid solution and a cloth. Rubbing the solution over the tire reacts with the air that is being released and causes bubbles to form at the site of the leak.

After pinching the tube, the tool's pointed tip is inserted into the puncture with a twisting motion. Using a thumb slider, patchnride injects a patch and adhesive from a single use cartridge (called a "patch pod") into the puncture. Pumping the tube full of air then causes it to press the patch against the underside of the tire and lock it in place, leaving the hole sealed tight and you with enough pressure to continue the ride. According to the developers, the process takes less than 60 seconds and requires little technical know how.

The company says the tool will fix punctures up to 3 mm (0.12 in) in size and work with just about any bicycle, be it cruisers, mountain or road bikes, as long as its wheels run on inner tubes. The kits that include the patchnride tool, two patch pods and two leak detectors can be pre-ordered through the company's website and are priced at US$30, with shipping planned for September 2014. Additional patch pods will be priced at $12.

The patchnride is demonstrated in the video below.

Source: patchnride

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Nick Lavars Nick was born outside of Melbourne, Australia, with a general curiosity that has drawn him to some distant (and very cold) places. Somewhere between enduring a winter in the Canadian Rockies and trekking through Chilean Patagonia, he graduated from university and pursued a career in journalism. He now writes for Gizmag, excited by tech and all forms of innovation, Melbourne's bizarre weather and curried egg sandwiches.   All articles by Nick Lavars
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7 Comments

Kind of hard to take the guy seriously when he has his bag on upside down...

Anatole Quirós
19th June, 2014 @ 08:27 pm PDT

As a vital accessory, a pump is needed for finding the hole. A pump deserves more than a quick wave in front of the camera. At $12 per patch surely the patch does some of the pumping?

Not so. Clever patch!

Threesixty
20th June, 2014 @ 01:40 am PDT

that looks like a good way to waste a lot of money and still not get the hole fixed

so after the patch is in place, is the tire permanently glued to the tube there?

problem: the tire doesn;t necessarily leak air out where the actual tube leak is..

(especially if the source of the hole, tiny piece of glass etc, is now gone)

what usually happens is, it comes out the valve hole, or some of the spoke holes, regardless of where the leak is

clever but i doubt it would work more than 25% of the time

and expen$$ive

wle

wle
20th June, 2014 @ 08:37 am PDT

also, ANY pre-existing hole in the tire could also leak air when the tube is leaking

my tires probably have 10-12 holes each by the time the tire is replaced

also

how does this thing find a very slow leak?

what about a huge one that rushes the air out in 3 seconds and can;t even be pumped..?

i have just seen so many variations on flat tires and leaking tubes

what about leaky valves?

valve stems?

on and on

the flat tire is always a detective story

wle

wle
20th June, 2014 @ 08:40 am PDT

Turn on the closed captions and watch it again. They were generated automatically, and the results are often laughable.

Paul Stregevsky
20th June, 2014 @ 09:36 am PDT

Only time you could justify this - if it works that is - is competing is a race for prize money where every minute counts. Honestly, for $ 12/= I could buy a new tyre and a tube !

pmshah
20th June, 2014 @ 08:39 pm PDT

This sounds like the fulfillment of a boyhood dream, but I can't think of any time in forty years I'd have spent twelve bucks to speed up a patch job by two or three minutes. Usually, I leave the wheel on the bike and just pull out a bit of tube to patch. Sometimes you have to clear out something sharp from between the tire and tube, or fix a pinch, which leaves no hole in the tire. Buffing is very easy with the tube stretched around a fist, using a metal file.

What I'd like to buy is a little air pump that bolts on, and can engage the chainwheel teeth to be powered by hand-cranking backwards.

Bob Stuart
1st October, 2014 @ 07:30 am PDT
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