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Old 06-28-10, 12:57 AM
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Carrying Spare Tubes

Is it possible for a tube to develop a tiny hole on its own after being carried around in a backpack for about 2 years? The compartment I stored it in has no sharp objects.

Right now, I'm hoping that this was just a bad tube and have now learned to try pumping up the tube before mounting it on the wheel.
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Old 06-28-10, 01:22 AM
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Tubes can degenerate over time, so yes, it is possible for a tube to "go bad." I keep the tube dusted with talc in a ziplock bag in my bike bag. I find the talc helps prevent the deterioration of the tube and the ziplock bag keeps it from getting dirty or contaminated.
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Originally Posted by akohekohe View Post
Tubes can degenerate over time, so yes, it is possible for a tube to "go bad." I keep the tube dusted with talc in a ziplock bag in my bike bag. I find the talc helps prevent the deterioration of the tube and the ziplock bag keeps it from getting dirty or contaminated.
+1. The talc also aids in mounting the tube in the tire when you do use it.

Biggest thing that will kill a tube is UV light, which isn't the problem for most people. From there it's the tube chafing against things or even itself in your bag.
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Old 06-28-10, 05:58 AM
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I do as the two above me do, although i tend to carry two tubes, and a patch kit. What's an extra pound or two on my already heavy steel vintage touring bike.
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Old 07-09-10, 01:41 AM
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Thanks for all the helpful suggestions.

Now, off to buy some spare tubes.
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Old 07-09-10, 03:04 AM
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you telling me you went two years with no flats? Thats awesome
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Old 07-09-10, 05:23 AM
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On my commuter bike I'd gone 2 years with no flats, until earlier this week.
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Old 07-09-10, 05:28 AM
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Originally Posted by CCrew View Post
+1. The talc also aids in mounting the tube in the tire when you do use it.

Biggest thing that will kill a tube is UV light, which isn't the problem for most people. From there it's the tube chafing against things or even itself in your bag.
I always wrap the valve stem with something, like maybe Saran Wrap.. I figure the threats about the stem might be a source of irritation and storing it within my bike wedge, there is likely vibration .
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I keep one new spare tube in it's original box, and one patched tube in a ziplock bag. Good idea on the talc !
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Old 07-12-10, 03:03 AM
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>2 years with no flats?

Yep.

The streets in Irvine and especially at UCI are pretty clear of glass/etc.
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