mjr wrote:Sweep wrote:50sbiker wrote:3 inner tubes,for 2 weeks in Europe seems way over the top...I cannot imagine how many clothes you take ....God forbid you camp!
Well not too mad - I carry two on a ride to the shops/on a day ride.
I don't like wasting energy lugging stuff around, so I carry no tubes but patches or sealant and telescoping micro-pump to the shops - worst case, I'm either near home and can walk the end or near shops and can buy a tube. I usually carry a tube on a day group ride, mainly because of peer pressure, although I often don't use it because quickly applying an instant patch is faster than removing a wheel and replacing a tube, even on a bike with quick-releases. Maybe two tubes if 100+ miles.
I carry a few of these self adhesive patches. I've no idea if they work, but for an emergency they take up no space/weight and I do have a couple of spare inner tubes as well (when touring, probably on day rides as well as I tend not to get round to unpacking my tool bag).
Have you used the instant patches and do they hold out for a day or two?