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Old 03-21-05, 03:49 PM   #1
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Please help me pick a tire tube!

I am in the market for a tire tube for my saddle bag (percaution reasons) and I see all these different types for a road bike but im not sure what to get. Are they all pretty much the same? The tire on my bike is a 700x23c Vittoria Action HSD.


Any advice would be great!


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The cheapest you can get. And lots of them, because flats are inevitable, it is too much diking around to be bothered fixing busted tubes and you can throw them away guilt-free because they weren't expensive. Spend your money on good tyres, dont worry about the tube
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So they are basically the same? I should just go cheap and buy like 3 or 4?

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pretty much all the same. or at least I think so. I go for the cheapest.

just get the right size. something like a 700c 18-23
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cheap and nasty is the go. just make sure that you get the correct valve length too
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I was just browsing around performance and noticed that they dont have any thing that is 700x23c Is that a rare size?
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the most successful combination I have ever had was michelin axial carbon tyres with brand x tubes. never popped once in over 2500km of riding (sold the bike with the original tyres and tubes!!)
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700x23 is standard
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http://www.performancebike.com/shop/...TOKEN=19155371

tubes fit a range of widths.
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http://www.probikekit.com/display.ph...%20%26%20Tubes
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I was just browsing around performance and noticed that they dont have any thing that is 700x23c Is that a rare size?
you don't have to match the specific size.My performance tubes are marked 700x19-26,and fit the whole range.My cheapies from Jensonusa are marked 700x20 on the box and in big numbers on the tube,but are also marked 700x18-23 on the tube, and I routinely use em in 25s..Tubes stretch within reason and it's better to use a slightly small one rather than trying to cram a too big one into a small tire.
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I've been using Performance house brand ultralight tubes for years, no problems. But last year I started buying Michelin tubes because I like the way the pump chuck slides on an off the Michelin threadless stem. Threaded stems can be a little rough on pump chuck "O" rings.

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while it is true that the quality of the tubes is basically not an issue, a couple of times i bought some 1.50$ CDN presta tubes and the valvues were ****, the little nut was actaully all off centre and leaked... but the 2.50$ tubes were great... so who knows, maybe a bad batch
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The big differance is "regular" or "light weight". I use lightweight Specialized tubes. They are cheaper than the Supergo brand tubes. What's up with that?
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I think with tubes, the best thing you can do is go on ebay and buy one of those 8 packs for cheap. You save a lot with that. I always patch my tubes, i figure if it can still be used, why not?
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I carry one or two spare tubes. I buy cheap tubes. I patch holes in my tubes. I carry a self-adhesive patch kit when riding. At home, I use conventional patches and the cement. I get a fresh tube of the cement at an auto parts store every few months. A properly patched tube works fine and does save money.

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I am in the market for a tire tube for my saddle bag (percaution reasons) and I see all these different types for a road bike but im not sure what to get. Are they all pretty much the same? The tire on my bike is a 700x23c Vittoria Action HSD.


Any advice would be great!


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Some tubes are heavier than others, so maybe marginally better at preventing pinchflats, vs. more rolling weight and reduced "road feel" (not a huge diff, but I can tell the diff). I like michelin tubes because the valve stems don't have threading- easier to put the pump head on/off and not as rough on the rubber pump gasket, plus they're fairly light. But whatever. Go ride your bike.
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You buy cheap tubes so you dont patch them. Performance tube sale and stock up.
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Thanks all!

I have been looking at the performance tubes. I pretty much picked what i thought were the right ones.
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If you have deep section aero rims, get long valves. If your rims are box-section then the std length threaded ones are better.
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Man, I could a thesiseses on differnet tubes.

My latest favourite is the Vredestein Race, which aren't super light (100g), but a good tube.

They're not too bulky, so tyre mounting is fine.
The valve stem is threaded, so pump grip is good, even at very high pressures.
They seem to be thick enough to reduce punctures, and they don't need a daily top-up.

Michelin and Vittoria 100g tubes don't have a threaded valve stem, so high pressure inflation is tricky.

Continental Supersonics are WAY TOO LIGHT (53g); I got heaps of puctures.

Tioga Super Lights are ok, but still a bit light (70g), so I was getting quite a few punctures.

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