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    Best deal on Tubes?

    I usually get two at a time which will ultimately have me with none at a time when all the local shops are closed. I'm thinking of buying in bulk and can't yet find any deals to that effect anywhere on the net. I'm not too particular about the type but tend to stay away from Kenda and Pyramid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EGreen
    I usually get two at a time which will ultimately have me with none at a time when all the local shops are closed. I'm thinking of buying in bulk and can't yet find any deals to that effect anywhere on the net. I'm not too particular about the type but tend to stay away from Kenda and Pyramid.

    Anyone?
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    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...9526&rd=1&rd=1

    Next time I need tubes, I intend to try these. They are sourced directly and super cheap 75g tubes. Anyone else care to beat me to the R&D for bikeforums? I contacted the seller a while back and they are threaded presta.

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    How many tubes does one have to go through to make it worth buying no-name tubes in bulk? I mean, how many do you go through? 3 or 4 per season, maybe? 5 or 6 if the luck is really bad?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    How many tubes does one have to go through to make it worth buying no-name tubes in bulk? I mean, how many do you go through? 3 or 4 per season, maybe? 5 or 6 if the luck is really bad?
    I ride year round often on some pretty rough surfaces with both my commuter and RB, really bad luck could be 5 or 6 in a month. OK, partly my fault for being obstinate and sticking with my Prorace's (of which I have a closet full) when I should go with a heavier duty tire, especially during the winter months.

    I'm not opposed, in fact I prefer to go with the better tubes and paying a little extra but wonder if there's a deal to be found for buying them in bulk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    How many tubes does one have to go through to make it worth buying no-name tubes in bulk? I mean, how many do you go through? 3 or 4 per season, maybe? 5 or 6 if the luck is really bad?
    I only go through maybe 2 or 3 a year, but I also end up donating a few on rides where others flat or even double flat. They obviously replace, but for a few bucks a tube, you can be Mr. Jenerous and just dont have to worry about paying back at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiewilson3
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...9526&rd=1&rd=1

    Next time I need tubes, I intend to try these. They are sourced directly and super cheap 75g tubes. Anyone else care to beat me to the R&D for bikeforums? I contacted the seller a while back and they are threaded presta.
    I find this a compelling deal too. Might go with it. $45 wouldn't be too rough a blow if they turn out to be wholly inferior. ... but if anyone knows of these tubes, do tell.

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    I wait for Performance or Nashbar to have a 20% off sale and stock up that way. Every once in a while they'll have a tube/tire sale and a 20% off thing going on at the same time.
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    Check Jensonusa.com, they usually run a deal for 10 tubes for $20. If you're patient, they sometimes go under $20.

    You really missed a great deal from competitivecyclist.com. They had 10 Vittoria (80 g) tubes for $15. I have enough tubes now for a long time.

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    I am more concerned about packaging. Some time ago I bought some where they were nicely sealed in plastic. This way they don't unravel inside the seat pack and become wild and unruly. Problem is that I threw the box away, and now I don't know where I got them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammond9705
    I am more concerned about packaging. Some time ago I bought some where they were nicely sealed in plastic. This way they don't unravel inside the seat pack and become wild and unruly. Problem is that I threw the box away, and now I don't know where I got them.
    Most tubes I've bought come with a rubber band around them, so it shouldn't be a problem.
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    Competitive cyclist had some really really nice vredestein tubes, 15 for 15 bucks. I bought a box.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiewilson3
    I only go through maybe 2 or 3 a year, but I also end up donating a few on rides where others flat or even double flat. They obviously replace, but for a few bucks a tube, you can be Mr. Jenerous and just dont have to worry about paying back at all.
    True, true... in fact I think I donated more tubes than I used to fix my own flats. And yes, you CAN use a 700x23/25c tube in a 27 x 1 1/4" tire in a pinch... I told the lady it would be enough to get her to the nearest LBS but not to trust it beyond that...
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    I usually picked up my yearly supply of 6-10 new tubes at the Seattle swap meet for $2-$2.50 each. In years past, some sellers had bins of used (sometimes patched) tubes under their tables priced "Free" or $ .50-$1.00 each but I never tried any so can't report on their reliability. Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    How many tubes does one have to go through to make it worth buying no-name tubes in bulk? I mean, how many do you go through? 3 or 4 per season, maybe? 5 or 6 if the luck is really bad?
    My worst experience was 3 flats in one ride! Usually average about 6 a year, in about 8,000 miles.

    My riding buddies and I usually buy in bulk and then split up the order (and the cost) between us.

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    performance tubes when on sale like $3 each. i usually buy 4-6 which last me a year or so. no need to patch tubes at that price imho.

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    Don't buy lightweight tubes
    Don't buy lightweight tubes
    Don't buy lightweight tubes
    Don't buy lightweight tubes
    Don't buy lightweight tubes
    Don't buy lightweight tubes
    Don't buy lightweight tubes

    they're not as strong, not as durable, and not worth it. Pinch flat about 300 times easier, are more likely to be pierced by small fragments (glass).

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    True, true... in fact I think I donated more tubes than I used to fix my own flats. And yes, you CAN use a 700x23/25c tube in a 27 x 1 1/4" tire in a pinch... I told the lady it would be enough to get her to the nearest LBS but not to trust it beyond that...
    I think I've got one in a 700x32... probably not the best way to go. I was patching tubes this weekend, and I noticed that one 700-23/35 tube I had was a lot bigger (girthwise) than the other. Are ultralight tubes the same thickness as regular tubes, just a lot smaller in girth diameter?


    PS - I think I have finally figured out how to do a good patching job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrPete
    How many tubes does one have to go through to make it worth buying no-name tubes in bulk? I mean, how many do you go through? 3 or 4 per season, maybe? 5 or 6 if the luck is really bad?
    Around a dozen or so last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElJamoquio
    Around a dozen or so last year.
    Guess I owe a Christmas card to the Maryland road maintenance people. Sheesh!
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    I ride year round & probably go through about 10 tubes a year between a commuter & 2 road bikes.

    The streets and bike paths in the metro NYC area always have a healthy sprinkling of broken bottles, car glass, nails, tacks & random pieces of metal. Get a decent set of tires. An expensive tube won't help (except maybe Slime tubes) if your tires don't hold up to road debris.

    Jenson & Performance always seem to have a decent 10 pack deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by literider
    You really missed a great deal from competitivecyclist.com. They had 10 Vittoria (80 g) tubes for $15. I have enough tubes now for a long time.
    +1. Great price, great tubes.

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