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Old 08-03-06, 06:50 AM   #1
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Good Tubes?

Hi, I would like recommendations for tubes for commuting bicycles. I.e. I'd like recommendations for tubes that are pinch-flat and rim tape flat resistant probably about 1.5mm thick or so. I can't seem to find a consistently good brand. They either are crap <.9mm or are "thorn-proof" 2.2mm thick which is a little overkill. Links to something in between would be nice.

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Old 08-03-06, 08:08 AM   #2
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I don't have problem with tube and tyre problems, but I could be jinxing my self. The LBS sells these awesome tubes by quality I love them for the fact the presta valve is so long it is uber easy to put a air hose on
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Old 08-03-06, 10:34 AM   #3
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My criterion is getting 50% off the price for 10 tube bulk purchase. Jensonusa.com had that, but not in my sizes right now. One LBS still does, fortunately.
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at 2 bucks a piece this is what i use...

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/109...-Set-of-10.htm
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Old 08-03-06, 12:30 PM   #5
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at 2 bucks a piece this is what i use...

http://www.pricepoint.com/detail/109...-Set-of-10.htm
Are you kidding me? .65mm wall thickness?!? Glad that works for you, but I think that's a little thin for me. However, they seem to stock some thicker tubes that look intriguing
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Carrefour, similar to walmart, sells slime litewheight tubes very cheaply. I've been very happy with them.
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Carrefour, similar to walmart, sells slime litewheight tubes very cheaply. I've been very happy with them.
No way dude! Slime = big inneffectual mess
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I've found its the tire that matters more than the tube. If you have a good tire and keep the tube properly inflated you shouldn't have any problems with flats, pinch or puncture.

My route is littered with hazards like glass, contruction debris and bad roads. I still use my road tires 700x23 and haven't had a flat in close to 1k miles. I also have the bontrager racelite hardcase tires. The tubes are the standard bontrager tubes. I've pulled chunks of glass and staples out of the tire that had been there for who knows how long and they didn't make it through to the tube.
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i have been using the same set of continental race28 tubes for almost a year with michelin krylion carbon tyres and no flats.
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Pityr, I've found that I would like to get good tubes. Please stay on topic and post links to nice thick tubes, 1-2mm thick. Thanks
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You already posted this in another section of the forum, why do you think the answers will be any different here? Get better tires or put some more air in them. Your problem is not going to be solved by tubes, whatever you may think to the contrary.
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Thank you for your opinion. Now lets have some more links to 1mm to 2mm thick tubes.

Thanks in advance for useful links.
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I had a bad experience with some bike shop tubes separating from the stem so I bought a bunch of tubes from Schwalbe (schwalbetires.com). Not sure how thick they are but them seem better quality than most i've tried and I've had good luck with them so far.
Still I think the best idea is to prevent the problems in the tire. Use a good quality rim tape and keep your tires pumped up.
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What's the difference between PxQ A, PxQ B, and PxQ C where P and Q are tube size numbers. What are the letters A,B, and C for?
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What's the difference between PxQ A, PxQ B, and PxQ C where P and Q are tube size numbers. What are the letters A,B, and C for?
P is the diameter of the tire in mm
Q is the width of the tire in mm
I believe A, B and C are some european designations for tire/rim sizes, 700C and 700B both are 700 mm in tire diameter but the bead diameter of the 700B was larger.
Luckily for tubes one tube covers a range of sizes. You just need to find where your is in the chart.
I have a 700x38c tire with presta valve so i use an SV17.
If I needed a 26"x2.0 I would use an SV13.
Thier chart definately can be confusing.
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If something goes through the tyre, surely it's going to go through the tube aswell, regardless of thickness.
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No way dude! Slime = big inneffectual mess

Yes way doooooood. They work great.
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P is the diameter of the tire in mm
Q is the width of the tire in mm
I believe A, B and C are some european designations for tire/rim sizes, 700C and 700B both are 700 mm in tire diameter but the bead diameter of the 700B was larger.
Luckily for tubes one tube covers a range of sizes. You just need to find where your is in the chart.
I have a 700x38c tire with presta valve so i use an SV17.
If I needed a 26"x2.0 I would use an SV13.
Thier chart definately can be confusing.
Craig
Thank you for the constructive, helpful info and especially for the link to tubes that you feel are quality.

Keep it coming folks. The more good tube links, the better.
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pinch flat either indicates poor bead setting, or inadequate inflation.

Rim tape flat...I have no idea why that's even happening. Maybe you need to re-tape the rim. I usually use tape that's just a bit wide, so it covers the entire bottom portion of the rim, but does not interfere with the setting of the bead. Of course, my newer rims have those snap-on strips, which seem to be even better than rim tape or those old rubber strips.

That said, I run ultralight tubes on my mountain bike, to offset the added weight of the armadillos I run.

My roadbike gets generic tubes, and has Serfas Combi folding tires.

Both are exceptionally flat resistant.
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