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    Do modern tubes dry rot?

    I've got more tubes than I really need. I used to flat a LOT, riding in the DC area. Since I moved to West BF NC 9 months ago I have yet to flat. I swear, it's almost boring. Anyway, I've got maybe 10 brand new Michelin tubes in boxes sitting in the basement. I'm wondering if they are going to dry rot (oxidize?) and, if so, would it help to seal them in heavy-duty plastic bags?

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    10 tubes... when you get to the last one it will more than likely be ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCowMoo View Post
    10 tubes... when you get to the last one it will more than likely be ok.
    I don't know - at this rate it could be decades.

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    I'd put them in a ziploc just to be safe. I once had a ("modern"?) tube go bad with age. But just yesterday, I put on tube on that had been sitting in a box for 8-10 years.

    My guess is that my tube that went bad had extra stress at the corners where the tube had been folded (by me), but that a factory-packaged tube has no corner folds and will last indefinitely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
    I've got more tubes than I really need. I used to flat a LOT, riding in the DC area. Since I moved to West BF NC 9 months ago I have yet to flat. I swear, it's almost boring. Anyway, I've got maybe 10 brand new Michelin tubes in boxes sitting in the basement. I'm wondering if they are going to dry rot (oxidize?) and, if so, would it help to seal them in heavy-duty plastic bags?

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    I shrink wrap mine, though not because of dry rot because I keek a spare tube in jersey pocket and it keeps the box from melting away from sweat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scattered73 View Post
    I shrink wrap mine, though not because of dry rot because I keek a spare tube in jersey pocket and it keeps the box from melting away from sweat.
    Wish I had one of those vacuum sealers you use for food. That would be the bomb.

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