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post #1 of 28 Old 12-19-2015, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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Flat repair kit question.

So now I'm putting together a good tubeless tire plug repair kit. How many of the CO2 cylinders will it take to fill fix and refill a rear tire? I know there are a lot variables doing this but someone here has done this and could give me an idea of how many.

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So now I'm putting together a good tubeless tire plug repair kit. How many of the CO2 cylinders will it take to fill fix and refill a rear tire? I know there are a lot variables doing this but someone here has done this and could give me an idea of how many.
buy a 12V compressor, remove the case, tuck the compressor under your seat. Adjust electric connections to suit your bike (ciggy lighter, alligator clips, SAE fitting, Powerlet etc etc). If you plug repair method needs a blade - make sure you have a blade.
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Well, I have done it and it doesn't always work the first time so I'd have a couple, but actually I'd probably take 4, after all they are small. Getting to bead up was the problem.
Now I use a 12v pump, or at least take it with, never have had to use it.
Actually I was thinking about throwing the CO2 thing in the bag also.

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Putting a ratchet strap around the tyre circumference and winding it tight will help with setting the bead and the straps make great tow ropes should a tow be required.
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Well, I have done it and it doesn't always work the first time so I'd have a couple, but actually I'd probably take 4, after all they are small. Getting to bead up was the problem.
Now I use a 12v pump, or at least take it with, never have had to use it.
Actually I was thinking about throwing the CO2 thing in the bag also.
My $10 air compressor fits under the seat along with the repair plugs and tools. If I use this compressor just once I will replace it with a new one.

Personally, I suggest the best place for the CO2 cylinders is in the rubbish bin

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I use the worm-type of plug with the insertion tool, rasp, "worms", air compressor and alligator clip cigarette lighter adapter sitting under my seat along with my switched fuse box, autocom AVI-Pro, manual, multi tool, manual and some other odds and ends. I've fixed 6 or 7 flats on the road. All but one on my bikes, the other on a fellow rider's.

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How many of the CO2 cylinders will it take to fill fix and refill a rear tire?
one more than you have

a small compressor takes up less space

pumping up tires with greenhouse gas is bad for the environment



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I guess this is just one of those things I'd be better off finding out myself. thanks all.

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I have enough experience with CO2 on mountain bikes to feel comfortable saying it is quite a few. Especially if you mean the standard little cartridges. If you are going to give it a go, look for the much bigger type CO2s that I think bike shops sell as"Big Air". I have wondered what might be bought at a place like AirGas in the way of a small aluminum tank of air or CO2. Hospitals have all sorts of small tanks of pressurized gases with regulators. Been meaning to look into that for a while for my on/off road adventures where I'd like to air down. Much faster than a compressor, and it has that sudden present that is sometimes necessary to pop a bead on. Limited number of uses though.
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