Had my first flat today Had the wife come pick me up as it was raining and I didn't want to try my first patch job beside the road in the rain.
Had a Michelin Presta tube here at the house waiting on me. Got the tire off. It's cut bad enough it will need replacement. Put the Michelin tube in and lo and behold the stem is shorter (fine) and has no threads for the lock nut. Put the old tire back on until the new one comes in and now I'm trying to figure out how to air it up. Had to call the LBS to be told to hold the valve in place from the tire side until the pump is in place. Duh! I didn't think of that Got it aired up and all is well until the new tire gets here.
But now I'm thinking how hard it's going to be or is it even possible to air up one of these tubes on the side of the road with CO2. How am I going to hold the stem down, push the nozzle on the stem and twist the open/close valve all at the same time? Hmmm...
I'm thinking it would be best to have a tube like came out of it with the threads and locknut and I just wonder what y'alls experience is with tubes and quality and such? I ride a hybrid (the awesome Mendota) so lightness is not important. Puncture resistance is. Naive me is thinking Michelin, Continental, etc. (big names) are going to be best, but maybe not. The tube that came out of the thing was a Cheng-shin. Coming from motorcycle tires, that's a cheap brand and I wouldn't have thought they were much good.
Anyway, I need to order some more tubes as spares so chime in and tell me what fits the bill. Thanks!