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    • Ever had to fix a flat out on the road? packing a new tube and a pump will save you loads of time! Now of course that doesn't work if you are a gram whiny and are going as light as possible. Find and fixing a small tube tire hole was a nightmare for me at least. But I do like the techy geekyness of that setup.

    • I wound up learning a lot about flat repair on the road. I tried the little mushroom plug thing. However, I never ended up with a hole that the mushroom fit well. I even carried a couple sizes of mushrooms. In a couple of instances I'd plug it and a mile or more later, plugging again-with the rope. Finding and fixing holes in tubes definitely sucks. But a tube into a tubeless tire is a quick way to get you home in a pinch.

      Now, my funny story. We did 36 one year and one of my buddies convinced me to take the cases off of my K12GT as it'd be "funner"...until I flatted less than half way back and realized my mistake-I'd left the plug kit in one of the cases. Between us, we had 6 CO2 cartridges and one really shitty plug. Got the tire plugged and I road the rest of the way back on a tire that was half flat. Now, I have a small box attached to the case holders of my Adventure that I keep the plug kit in on trips-I won't make that mistake again :)

    • I use the stop n go tyre plugger


      You need a leatherman or small pliers and I also carry a small compressor that runs off the 12v accessory socket on the bike.

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    • I'm with Ian. I'm a real fan of those sticky rope things. They work great. I rode back from Anchorage on a tire plugged with one. It started to leak about 50 miles from home (~4k miles later). Shoved another one in and finished the ride.

    • The sticky ropes have never failed to get me home. The stop n go plugs don't work so well in steel belted radials. Picked up a drywall screw in a rear Tourance, and plugged it quickly with my brand new stop n go. 50 miles down the road the tire went flat again, the soft rubber plug chewed in two by the steel wires. Re-plugged, and that one lasted 49 miles. Finally tried the sticky rope, and it was still holding fine 1,800 miles later when the tire was replaced.

    • This is great data. I have a stop n go, but have never had to use it (knock wood), but I always worried if it would "do the deal". Going to grab some sticky rope and tools for summer riding!

    • +1 for the rope style ones we recently fixed a 12mm(1/2") cut in a tyre with 3 ropes, we put 2 in and held them in position with 2 leatherman pliers then pushed 1 in between the first two.
      It got the rider a further 700KM before it failed, fortunatly it was close to a tyre repair shop and they fitted an internal patch to get my mate home.

    • I've a home made kit that includes 3 different kinds of plugs (rope, bullet, and BMW style), goop, plug tools, CO2 cartridges, AND a pump. Different plugs work well on different size holes. It annoyed me no end the time I had to make a little hole much bigger to fit the BMW style without tearing the plug.

      If you use something that requires goop be sure to check it on a regular basis. I once was lucky enough to find that 1/2 of the three tubes I had on the bike hadn't hardened. Two of the three had never even been opened.