Getting a puncture can be a big pain and is one of the biggest inconveniences for all cyclists, it is always recommended to replace the inner tube after a puncture however this is not always a feasible option to all. Especially after the first puncture, it is always worth while giving the inner tube a longer run as inner tubing punctures can come few and far between typically
Puncture repair glue is a great little solution to have handy in your shed or garage to patch up any hole on the inner tubing when you get a puncture, the only downside to puncture repair glue is that the shelf life is hit and miss, as you will find out later on in this article, so let’s get to it…
How Long Does Puncture Repair Glue Take To Dry?
Puncture repair glue takes 5 to 8 minutes to dry, be aware that thinner swabs of puncture repair glue will dry quicker than larger swabs of puncture repair glue. You can tell if the glue has dried by just looking at it, it the puncture repair glue is shinny (or reflective), then it is still drying and if the puncture repair glue is non-shiny it has probably dried fully
Does Puncture Repair Glue Have A Shelf Life?
Puncture repair glue has a shelf life of about 1 year plus, however the glue can have a far greater shelf life if you minimise the air inside of the tube when you store it away after use. Puncture repair glue’s volatile nature and chemical makeup means it gradually evaporates when it contacts air (without drying)
The puncture repair glue will gradually evaporate if air gets into the tubes glue, if air is present in the tube, the process of evaporation will take place and you will find that the glue has literally gone when you pull it out 6 months later
So to extend the shelf life of the puncture repair glue you have to have an air tight glue tube when putting it away after use and into storage, you want to remove all of the air out of the tube by holding it vertically and pressing the tube’s bottom until half a drop shows up in the opening. Then you’ll want to put the lid on hard enough to keep the puncture repair glue airtight
If you follow these instructions, have an airtight puncture repair glue tube, then it can have a shelf life up to 5 years, as mentioned before the glues volatile nature means I would not recommend buying it in large amounts, but rather to buy new spare glue tubes when you need it
How Many Patches Do You Get In A Puncture Repair Kit?
Typically when buying a puncture repair kit, you get 6-8 patches and a tube of glue in a puncture repair kit, most puncture repair kit will specify how many patches and the quantity of glue that you get in the puncture repair kit on the packaging
The common problem is that you end up with plenty of of the patches leftover and the puncture repair glue has been all used up or it has evaporated when there has been air left in the tube over time
What Is Included In A Puncture Repair Kit?
Typically when buying a puncture repair kit the following items will be included in the kit, typically you will get 6-8 patches, a tube of puncture repair glue, glass paper, crayon/chalk, puncture and a instruction leaflet
It’s worth mentioning that in some more advanced puncture repair kits include the following extra: Metal rasps and levers, a repair wrench, a air tap, a ball needles and levers, predominantly these extra tools are used for fitting a brand new inner tubing. When you decide to buy a brand new one and not patch up any holes you will need these tools to do so
How Much Is Puncture Repair Glue Cost?
Puncture repair glue is very inexpensive to purchase, you have the choice of purchasing puncture repair glue individually or in a puncture repair kit which comes with a number of inner tube patches. Puncture repair glue costs from £1 to £5, on the other hand a puncture repair kit will set you back about £1 to £10
Muc Off No Puncture Hassle Tyre Sealant 140ml kit
So that you are away, now there are tubeless hassle free sealants to choose from, the jury still out on these however there are many benefits to tubeless sealants. The tubeless sealants in the link below have been developed with the world’s top downhillers and pro peloton teams, it’s tubeless sealant is non-corrosive, biodegradable and easily washes off with water
Puncture repair glue takes 5 to 8 minutes to dry fully and has a shelf life of about 1 year plus, however you can get a far greater shelf life out of the glue if you minimise the air inside of the tube when you store it away after use. If you follow these instructions and have an airtight puncture repair glue tube, then it can have a shelf life up to 5 years plus
I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything to add, then leave a comment down below. All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!