Butyl vs. Latex Tubes - Different Feel in Your Hand?
Can a person tell from the feel of the raw rubber between your fingers whether an inner tube is made from butyl or latex rubber?
I'd like to know for purposes of recovering used inner tubes from salvaged bikes. Inner tubes from fairly ancient bikes can be amazingly well preserved. And yes, believe it or not, old tubes especially latex can be sold on various venues for old bikes parts to folks who want authentic parts, etc.
Anybody out there got the knack for distinguishing the two rubber types?
Thinner, (usually), ligher in weight and color (usually), and I break into hives if I am around latex, but that wont help you much. Often old ones would be brownish red or tan in color, I have seen some new ones which were green but I do not remember black. I am sure one can get really smooth butyl but latex is smooth, I do not remember all the seams in latex tubes like you seem to get in butyl but I could be wrong. Have you checked the guru of all things bike aka Sheldon Brown, he likely has a essay on the topic.