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Old 08-15-12, 05:27 PM   #1
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which tube do you guys use??

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Old 08-16-12, 05:47 AM   #2
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I just pick up Bontrager tubes from the LBS. Easy, quick, and as good a price as ordering anything from Amazon.
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I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
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My LBS carries Avenir and a few sizes of some other brand (name escapes me at the moment) for about $6 a tube. I've been happy with them for a long time.
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I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
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Noted a string of p/v stems without thread, lost air
when rubber bonding failed,around the base of the stem.

And Leyzine floor pump chuck screws on to the threads , that are not there.
so pump wont work.

there is an un-threaded band between the cap thread and the ring nut thread.

i get a fine air seal with my Pista Silca pump's bell chuck gasket , around that ring.

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I read a test years ago that concluded, "Tubes all suck, but Continentals suck least." I don't notice a huge difference between Contis and whatever's on sale, but when they're available, that's what I buy.
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I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
One of my two local Sports Authorities carries Avenir smooth stem tubes.
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I always buy Schwalbe tubes; the schraders stem is metal and threaded all the way down (with a locknut at the bottom like most prestas have).
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I just picked up a mavic 700c 21-25 presta. Th valve is black and smooth like the michelin
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Whenever I need a tube I pick up whatever the LBS has on sale.
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I always buy Schwalbe tubes; the schraders stem is metal and threaded all the way down (with a locknut at the bottom like most prestas have).
I like the Schwalbe tubes, seem to hold air better than some of the lesser brands I have used. I primarily use them in my daily riders. As an experiment a while back I used a Schwalbe tube in the rear wheel and a Bell Brand from WalMart in the front. The Schwalbe only required topping up every 10 days or so, the Bell every 3-4. May have been a weak tube. FWIW that bike has Schrader valves on it. Most of my other bikes are Presta with a couple running the Woods/Dunlop style.

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i went to bike shop to buy tubes and the bike person at the shop said they sell two brand tubes Specialized and Bontrager. which one would you buy? the guy recommended specialized just because he uses that tube for his bike.
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i went to bike shop to buy tubes and the bike person at the shop said they sell two brand tubes Specialized and Bontrager. which one would you buy? the guy recommended specialized just because he uses that tube for his bike.
Got a quarter to flip? I would buy which ever one was on sale or that they had in the size I needed.

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I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
Yep. I usually buy Michelin tubes for the same reason. I have some Avenir smooth stem tubes laying around, too.
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the thing was both brand had my tire size and both were the same cost not sure which was more lightweight i should have took both boxes and held it to weigh it.
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I've used pretty much whatever tube is available. It does seem to me, as Aaron stated, the Schwalbe tubes are quite nice. I've not used a Specialized tube yet.
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