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Do you prefer to change a bicycle tube every time you get a flat? Or do you economize and decorate with 10 patches before finally succumbing to total replacement? Barring any major tears in the rubber, my practice is to patch a tube 3 times with the fourth flat or slow leak necessitating a new tube. Ultimately, whether you patch or swap a new tube is more about personal preference and what makes a cyclist comfortable and confident on the road.