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    Can you help me identify a green tube I used...?

    I had a mechanic sell me some tubes. They were not butyl, and he said they were not latex, but something else, a combination maybe? The only thing I really remember about them is that they were green.

    Can anyone identify?

    Thanks.
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    Years ago there were tough, puncture resistant polyurethane tubes available but they had their share of problems too. They didn't stretch so you needed the EXACT size to match the tire and they didn't flex very well and, finally, if they did get a puncture, repair was quite difficult. They weren't on the market long as their problems overwhelmed their benefits. I recall them being a greenish-yellow color and pretty translucent.

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    Michelin AirComp latex come in green, dunno of non-latex/non-butyl greenies, though.

    I do vaguely remember the urethane tubes, forget who made them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
    Michelin AirComp latex come in green, dunno of non-latex/non-butyl greenies, though.

    I do vaguely remember the urethane tubes, forget who made them.

    Thanks. I'll see what I can figure out. The deal with these was supposed to be that you got the benefit of latex without having to inflate the tires every 10 minutes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HillRider View Post
    Years ago there were tough, puncture resistant polyurethane tubes available but they had their share of problems too. They didn't stretch so you needed the EXACT size to match the tire and they didn't flex very well and, finally, if they did get a puncture, repair was quite difficult. They weren't on the market long as their problems overwhelmed their benefits. I recall them being a greenish-yellow color and pretty translucent.
    Thanks, but I got these recently. They are on the market now (unless he has a stock of them in his basement).
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    Panaracer green-lites?

    I paid ~$40 or so for a pair of these a few years back and got two flats on my first ride. I cannot recall a time that I had a more positive sense that I had just wasted my money.
    I believe it is/was possible to patch them, but I was so pissed off that I think I threw them in the trash.

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    I remember the butylatex tubes, no kidding. I can't recall the color and it was more than 10 years ago.

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