Y'all saw my inability to match up a Presta valve spare tube with my Presta valve rim, here. Well, thanks to Lizzylou, I now confess that it is even worse than I claimed. In her comment, she noted that "Hm, all of my glue tubes have had a puncture point on the opposing end of the cap, so that was never a problem. I've considered trying those 'self stick' patches, but for some reason I don't want to trust them."
Well, she can consider that innocent observation to be payback IN SPADES for a battery comment I made over her way a while back.
#1 Puncture Point
Here's what the glue tube looks like that I used. Upon careful examination, one will notice a sharp point recessed within the cap, which is designed so that clumsy children will not stick themselves by accident. Well, unobservant cyclists at dusk don't always notice such things while they're searching for something sharp either. After reading Lizzylou's comment, I looked at that glue tube again and find that I needn't have borrowed a pen to puncture the seal from the coffee shop barista. Where was she on Friday? A simple psychic message might have done the trick. In my own defense, I'll note that I did not see any instructions that directed me to look and SEE the sharp point within the cap. Well, perhaps I ought to just shut up here or my wife might reconsider her claim that I am NOT a goofball...
#2 Self Stick Patches
I didn't note it in the previous post, but my patch kit always includes a self stick patch. What's more, I actually used it in the repair. I stuck it on the inside of the failing tire before I discovered that my spare tube had the wrong kind of valve for my rim. I tend to agree with Lizzylou that those self stick patches are worthy of sketicism, but they are GREAT for fixing up stuff where you don't care if they hold pressure over the long run or not. I previously used one to patch my rim strip so the tube wouldn't get punctured by the spoke end. On Saturday, I had a chat with ChipSeal and he swears by the things. Myself, I'm an old fashioned boy. Still, the "self stick" comment made me blush a little. Regardless of what one thinks of the things, it is not a brilliant move to use one's only self stick patch before fully assessing the situation. Had I just stuck it on the tube, it would have saved time and the whole tube puncture thing, and since I align my tire label with the valve hole, it would have gotten me home just fine. Perhaps Lizzylou will consider getting a few, if not for the tubes, where holding air is important, for the TIRE and rim strip, where you just don't want to see something come through the and attack that tube you just fixed. They work GREAT for THAT purpose. What's more, they are cheaper than the old-fashioned solution of using a dollar bill to cover the tire damage and have the added benefit of not moving around inside the tire as well.