Summary

We round up seven kits to help you repair your punctured inner tubes.

Products

Verdict

The little Topeak Rescue Box offers the best patch, at the best price, in a natty bombproof package that’s exactly fit for purpose. For my money, it’s the favourite choice. If you need some quality levers too, then the Lezyne gets a nod for a well thought-out all-in-one idea. I have to take a moment to recommend the delightful Meqix set. It’s pricey, yes, but the levers and tin are worth that alone, and it came with the best cheese-grater and top-notch patches.

In terms of longevity, you’ll make your money back eventually, and replacement patches are available for only a few pounds. Park Tool takes the biscuit in the budget stakes – for three pounds, you get a tiny, almost weightless package and six brilliant glue-free patches. Buy this if you don’t need the longevity of the Topeak, and you’ve already got your own levers.

  • sl06

    I have used Park tool suoer patch for several year now but my old patch seems to fail one after the other. They last for a while but the plastic layers end up lifting or peeling from the glue, the later remain on the tube.

    I still use them occasionally on the road but use Rema glued patch at home. I have found that with glued patch, they work fine with some tube brand but not as well with other. Tube with more «rubber like feel » have a better adhesion.

    Patching tube at low temperature could also be a problem. Preglued patch dont stick well at low temperature.

    I would really like to have seen some adhesion test, and some long term test with those patch.

    I always carry a spare tube on the road and use the patch kit as second chance. I prefer to repair tubes at home.

  • Allister Mckillop

    Agree with ken on this one seems you really only concentrated on the obvious. Would have been more relative if you checked out wear and tear of patch easiness of application etc etc . Not up to your usual reviews in this readers humble opinion

  • Stuart Collins

    Am I a cynic to conclude that all the chosen kits appear in adverts in Cycling Weekly?

    The kits chosen aren’t anywhere near comparable because the contents vary. I can’t credit the Halfords praise for very old-school non-feathered patches @ 50 p each

    Wilkos, Poundworld and Poundland all sell excellent kits, including a spanner and really robust case – and you know the price!?

    Am I alone in not getting the paper layer off cure-c-cure patches?

  • Ken Evans

    Rema has been the reference standard for puncture repairs for decades, and very widely available. For glue-less patches Park Tool is the most widely available. This is a really useful test article, BUT it could have been much more detailed, and complete, with many more selection criteria, such as price-per-patch, prep-time, strength-of-bond, size-of-patch, thickness-of-patch, smoothness-of-patch, material-of-inner-tubes-useable, etc, etc. Tyre levers shouldn’t be part of the test, as they are less critical, and available everywhere, with the most important factors being lightweight, comfort in hand, and lack of damage to tube and rim, there is no need to use metal levers when plastic ones do a decent job. Eventually glue-less patches should replace all glued ones, but there is still room for improvement, with glue-less systems. It is interesting to note that inner tube makers don’t generally sell patches to match their tubes, or specify particular types of patches. Generally inner tubes are of poor quality, and made down to a price (profit margin !), companies have an incentive for users to have punctures !