No matter how hard we try to avoid it, it seems cycling and punctures go hand in glove. The greater the tyre mileage, especially road tyres, the more regularly we seem to pick up a puncture. They always appear to come in threes. Eagle-eyes glued to the road ahead seem to make little difference, there’s always that sliver of glass, tin-tack or piece of sharp grit we’ve missed just waiting to get picked up by one of our tyres. Ensuring we carry the best puncture repair kit for the job is essential if we are to avoid a lot of wasted time walking the bike to the nearest repair centre.
What do we need in a tyre repair kit?
Basic cycle tyre repair kits are available from as little as a couple of quid to around £10. Or of course we could make up the best tyre repair kit for our particular needs by buying the items separately. What then, do we need in a decent puncture repair kit?
- A range of different size patches.
- A tube of adhesive.
- Tyre Levers, minimum of two.
Once you have obtained all that, you will need to repair the puncture. Check out our handy guide on how to repair a bicycle puncture.
The Best Tyre Repair Kit Reviews
BTR Pannier Bicycle Bike Bag Fold-up Wallet with Bike Tyre Puncture Repair Kit and Multi-Function Tool
On the face of it a well priced (under £10) comprehensive puncture repair kit with everything fitted into an attractive fold-up wallet. The kit includes nine various sized patches, adhesive, and small metal scraper. It also includes two strong plastic tyre levers, and something similar to a Swiss army knife which includes a Phillips screwdriver, straight/slotted screwdriver, and set of hexagon wrenches. Personally I would normally be weary of plastic levers, but reviews on Amazon seem to indicate they are indeed as strong as they say they are. Unfortunately, this kit is short of anything to mark the puncture hole and has no chalk to sprinkle over the patch.
Weldtite Puncture Repair Outfit
Well, for a couple of quid you get basic, and that’s certainly what you’ve got here. The kit includes a set of six patches of two different sizes, tube of glue and square of emery-cloth. Although basic, it is all that is needed to repair a punctured tyre. Bicycle tyres can be removed from the rim without the need of tyre levers – when you know what you are doing. If you’ve never removed a cycle tyre before, then get some levers. This kit though, if you’re contemplating making up your own repair kit, is a good starting point.
VeloChampion Bike Puncture Repair Kit
For a fiver, the best repair kit so far. This kit includes 11 patches from small to large to very large, three tyre levers which appear quite sturdy, adhesive and a metal file to roughen up the inner tube. This is all enclosed in a sturdy plastic case. The only thing missing is the chalk dust. Just wait a little longer to make sure the adhesive has set, or wipe off any residue with a bit of rag. Or your always use your handkerchief.
BTR Puncture Repair Kit
A puncture repair kit available in three options. For three pounds you can buy the adhesive, a set of patches, two plastic tyre levers, scraper and chalk. For four pounds the kit includes an additional three steel tyre levers, and for six quid the kit includes a multi-functional bike tool, which comprises various sized hexagon wrenches plus a Philips and flat headed screwdriver. The mid-range kit sounds the best option for someone whose only interest is repairing a puncture if and when it happens. On the other hand, if you’re testing the bike, and think you may need to adjust saddle or handlebar height, the multi-tool kit should do the job.
Park Tool Vulcanising Patch Kit
A little expensive, around four quid, for what you get in the repair kit. It comes with six patches of two different sizes, adhesive and emery cloth. A basic kit which is fit for purpose, providing you can separate the tyre from the wheel without tyre levers. Don’t be too fooled by the vulcanising bit. All tyre repair kits use an adhesive which helps bond the two rubbers together (the inner tube and the patch), but there is a bone of contention as to whether the adhesive actually helps weld (vulcanise) the two rubbers.
So, for less than a couple of pints, you can get the best tyre repair kit. It seems a puncture marker or chalk dust are not considered a ‘must have’ in the modern repair kit. Personally, if you’ve never repaired a cycle puncture, then I would certainly have some form of marker whether a cheap biro or marker pen. In place of the chalk, or chalk dust, fill one of those small plastic aspirin bottles with some of the wife’s talcum powder. Sprinkle that over the patch before pushing the inner tube back into the tyre.