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Old 08-13-13, 09:01 AM
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Inner Tube Behaving Badly

It seems that recently, as I'm pushing the bead of a tire into place, the inner tube keeps flopping out and getting in the way. I can get the job done, but it's annoying. Perhaps the tubes I'm using now are different.

Is there any trick to making it behave, and stay in the channel of the wheel while I'm seating the tire?
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Old 08-13-13, 09:06 AM
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Use a smaller tube.

Start by pushing the valve up first into the tire.
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Old 08-13-13, 09:10 AM
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Partially inflate.
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Old 08-13-13, 11:00 AM
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I generally inflate the tube enough that it will stay in the tire by itself before I attempt to mount in on the wheel. I then place the valve in the valve hole and mount one side of the tire. Next, I start to mount the remaining bead at the valve and work in both directions a small amount at a time. When I reach the point toward the top of the wheel where either the tube starts to show outside of the tire or it is in danger of being punctured via a pinch, I deflate the tube enough that I can easily push it up into the tire cavity with a tire lever. I then continue to push the second bead in until all is complete. I should point out that I almost never use a tire lever to actually mount the tire. I do it with just my hands. On some tire and rim combinations it takes a toll on the thumbs, but by pinching the tire and tube together I've always been able to manage.
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Old 08-13-13, 07:10 PM
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Tubes behaving badly?

Here I had a vision of your tubes running off to the track and gambling away the grocery money, while getting drunk and smoking cigars, then going to a motel of ill repute with some girls they met. (Who needs latex? I'm butyl, baby!)

I was terribly disappointed to find they're just flopping out of the bead.

Partial inflation works for me. Just the amount I can blow in there with my own lungs.
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Old 08-13-13, 11:25 PM
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Originally Posted by mkane77g View Post
Partially inflate.
^^^^^^
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Old 08-13-13, 11:30 PM
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Yeah, I blow air with my mouth. I say so at 1:15 into the video.

Little things I do that help me get a good install

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Old 08-14-13, 06:31 AM
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Wow, even if it is a new tube I'd never dream of putting my mouth near a bit of equipment that has to ride through goose droppings, road grime, and who knows what else.
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Old 08-14-13, 07:46 AM
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Thanks, Mr. B, I think the "pushing the tube in with four fingers" as I put the bead on will help (rather than as a separate step). I also inflate it a little with my mouth, even if it isn't a new tube, but I always wipe the goose droppings off first.
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I always wipe the goose droppings off first.
This is why I never eat geese. They're nothing but containers for goose droppings.
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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
but I always wipe the goose droppings off first.

........I know a guy that has to be the biggest germaphobe I've ever met. He flatted on a ride and pulled out a pair of surgical gloves to work on his wheel. Wipes down the area where he plans to take a break on a ride etc. But has no problem drinking out of a water bottle. Have you ever used a water bottle with a black top on it?

I use the cap to keep the stem from debris so given a choice, I'd gladly lick a stem before putting the bottle in my mouth.
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Old 08-14-13, 01:11 PM
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You should practice yoga to become one with your inner tube.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
........I know a guy that has to be the biggest germaphobe I've ever met. He flatted on a ride and pulled out a pair of surgical gloves to work on his wheel. Wipes down the area where he plans to take a break on a ride etc. But has no problem drinking out of a water bottle. Have you ever used a water bottle with a black top on it?

I use the cap to keep the stem from debris so given a choice, I'd gladly lick a stem before putting the bottle in my mouth.
If you ride with fenders you bottle stays remarkably clean.
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Originally Posted by NOS88 View Post
If you ride with fenders you bottle stays remarkably clean.
Doh! Didn't think of that one, OK you got me!
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Old 08-15-13, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz View Post
I use the cap to keep the stem from debris ...
I recently stopped using the caps. I've reduced rotating weight, it looks better, and I feel so much freer now.
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I also keep my tubes stored in baggies with a little talcum powder. (Whether in my tool box or bike bag.). The talcum helps the tube "behave" better as it doesn't want to stick to the tire and moves freely. Also the talcum/baggie keeps the tube from rubbing against the bike bag. Friction can compromise the tube before you use it.

I use my valve caps until I lose them, usually about the fifth time I air up the tire. :-)

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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
I recently stopped using the caps. I've reduced rotating weight, it looks better, and I feel so much freer now.
Commando valve stems?!?!?
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Old 08-16-13, 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
I recently stopped using the caps. I've reduced rotating weight, it looks better, and I feel so much freer now.
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Commando valve stems?!?!?
...or circumcised

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I also keep my tubes stored in baggies with a little talcum powder. (Whether in my tool box or bike bag.). The talcum helps the tube "behave" better as it doesn't want to stick to the tire and moves freely. Also the talcum/baggie keeps the tube from rubbing against the bike bag. Friction can compromise the tube before you use it.

I use my valve caps until I lose them, usually about the fifth time I air up the tire. :-)
I keep my tubes in baggies as well, but I may look into using talcum powder. Wonder if corn starch would work too? My LBS just gave me about a dozen caps to have.
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It happens to me all the time. I deal with it, no biggie. It happens less with fatter tires.
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