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Old 08-29-10, 09:48 PM
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How much are you guys (girls) paying for tubes?

Pricepoint has their house tubes for 2 bucks a piece. I got 10 and that seems like a good deal to me. How much you flippers paying for tubes?
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I use Price Point tubes. Have not had any problems with them.
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I have used them as well. Just wondering if other know of better deals or letting people know if this is a really good deal. It seems to me like it is.
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I never remember to order tubes in advance. So I suffer and pay out the 4 dollars at the LBS.
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Enough of the people I ride with don't bother patching their flat tires so I tend to have a steady supply of good quality tubes with single holes. I wait until it's convenient to patch a bunch of them so it only takes a couple minutes per tube and the cost is about a quarter each for the patch and glue.
Not a flipper so I use some myself and give away others to people on a ride where I volunteer as SAG support.
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Originally Posted by mkeller234
I never remember to order tubes in advance. So I suffer and pay out the 4 dollars at the LBS.
Tubes are $7 at my LBS.
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Originally Posted by prathmann
Enough of the people I ride with don't bother patching their flat tires so I tend to have a steady supply of good quality tubes with single holes. I wait until it's convenient to patch a bunch of them so it only takes a couple minutes per tube and the cost is about a quarter each for the patch and glue.
Not a flipper so I use some myself and give away others to people on a ride where I volunteer as SAG support.
Funny you should mentions this. I bought these to replace a tube I had patched 4 times already. Figured it was time for a new tube, whada ya think?
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Originally Posted by DRietz
Tubes are $7 at my LBS.
Same here.
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Do the Pricepoint cheapo presta tubes have removable cores? I'm pretty sure the guys at my LBS go out at night to plant thorns so I gots ta have me some slime . Since this thread reminded me that I have a bunch of tubes which need patching I think I'll go do that now.
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Pricepoint, FTW. I order 20 or so at a time. I do have a couple of Performance shops close by and they sometimes put their tubes on sale, so in a pinch that's where I go. But I always seem to have enough Pricepoint tubes on hand so it isn't a big issue.
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Wow, seven dollars! I didn't realize four dollars was as reasonable as it apparently is. Even so, I still patch any tube that I can. The tubes that blow up and have giant gashes get cut up into strips and used for mounting things on my bike.
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Yeah my LBS charges $5 for tubes. Before I moved, it was $3.50, which I was glad to pay.

But mostly I just patch tubes.
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Anywhere from free to ~$8 for a Schwalbe tube.

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Been ordering and using Pricepoint tubes for several years, have used a couple hundred of them. I really liked the sale they had earlier this year with FREE shipping. That truly knocked down the cost to $2 each. I also bought cone wrenches from them when they had them on sale a couple of years ago for 99 cents each.

When you are flipping quite a few bikes, the spending on consumables really adds up. So the difference in $4 tubes and $2 tubes matters. (About half the time, even when tires are shot, I am finding flip bikes with good tubes.)

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Last time I bought a tube at the LBS it was $7.99, plus the 10% sales tax we are blessed with in Chicago. Quick way to get rid of a sawbuck.

It's a bike shops bread and butter. I know everyone is looking for a deal but we wont have bike shops worth going to if we dont spend a few bucks now and then with our LBS.
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I don't buy them very often and usually have other more expensive goodies on the counter, so I just never paid attention to how much they are. I guess they are someting $5. I just hate that all the valves are like a foot long now from those 'deep dish' wheels
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Originally Posted by DRietz
Tubes are $7 at my LBS.
Same here.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
I don't buy them very often and usually have other more expensive goodies on the counter, so I just never paid attention to how much they are. I guess they are someting $5. I just hate that all the valves are like a foot long now from those 'deep dish' wheels
Spoken like a true C&Ver?
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Short valved presta's branded supercycle (probably kenda) from canadian tire are $5.49CAD (not sure why they sell these road tubes haha). The other 2 choices (actual sorta bike store) are a two to three more $ depending which tube you go for. Oh, theres another guy I could potentially go to for about $3.50 if I remember.
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2 bucks is a pretty good deal. I've been getting them from Niagra when I place an order for other things and getting them at about $2.50-$3.00. I bought about 2 dozen 27" from a guy at a swap this past spring for $20. He lives/works near the Bell factory in Rantoul, IL. and said he'd sell 'em to me by the case, but I have not run low just yet.
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Originally Posted by bigbossman
Pricepoint, FTW. I order 20 or so at a time. I do have a couple of Performance shops close by and they sometimes put their tubes on sale, so in a pinch that's where I go. But I always seem to have enough Pricepoint tubes on hand so it isn't a big issue.
He said "pinch"
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Originally Posted by DRietz
Tubes are $7 at my LBS.
$5.50 for Schrader and $6.50 for Presta at my LBS.

Originally Posted by jtgotsjets
But mostly I just patch tubes.
Unless you give me a patch kit wrapped in a $2 bill, I ain't patchin' no tubes.
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The regular thickness (ie not ultra-light) Forte house brand tubes were on sale at Performance this weekend for $3.99. I bought five, including 3 26" for the Raleigh I was working on and a couple of 700c spares, and they were marked down to 2.99 at the register. Apparently that is usual when buying 5 tubes there--a further markdown, not necessarily 2.99.
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd
Unless you give me a patch kit wrapped in a $2 bill, I ain't patchin' no tubes.


I'll patch them once in a while, when I get a big enough pile.

I never ride on a patched tube, unless I'm forced to. The reason being is that, for whatever reason, I cannot guarantee 100% that my patches will hold indefinitely. I've tried all sorts of methods, and still do not get 100% compliance with my patched tubes. The skill to have a 100% fix rate just flat out eludes me, and since I ride long distances in a lot of fairly lonely areas, I won't take that chance.

So - for $2, I always ride new.
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99% success rate on patches is not high enough.
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