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Old 08-30-13, 06:56 AM
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where to find discount tubes

Anyone have a good source of good priced tubes?
I need schrader valve 700 x 28-32.
I've been buying Giant brand from LBS, but keep having blowouts. Probably a lot to do with my size and 1970 rims. I'm getting really good at changing flats.
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New rim tape along with some more air should take care of most of your flats. LBS should have tubes around $5 or go to Wally World and do some people watching while your at it.
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I suspect that 90%+ of tubes are made in the same factory and packed in branded boxes ...

Quality rim tape helps. Pump your tyres before every ride.
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Except for bad Bontrager tubes that blow out at the valve, I have few flats. I follow the check your pressure before riding advice above.
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Originally Posted by ThatBritBloke View Post
I suspect that 90%+ of tubes are made in the same factory and packed in branded boxes ...

Quality rim tape helps. Pump your tyres before every ride.
Nope, sorry; once you've dealt with the tubes that come with Wally bikes (and the replacements, as well), you'll never say that again. I do it DAILY, and won't even BUY a Wally tube again. Sadly, 700c tubes with Schraeder valves are hard to find ELSEWHERE. Wally does carry them.
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Old 08-30-13, 08:09 AM
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Yes, I should have qualified that.

There are two factories. One makes premium brands; one makes nasty knock-offs ...

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I wait for "black Friday" sales at Performance Bike. Don't have a local store so will order them online unless I'm in a town that has a store on Black Friday.

Anyway, sometimes they are on sale other times of the year. I run 700x25 tires so a little different, but usually get them for around $2.25 each. Will usually buy 10-20 tubes at a time so will have plenty for our local bike group.
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http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...?sort=priceasc

I often buy parts from Niagara Cycle in New York state. Here is a selection of about 20 different 700C tubes with the schrader valve. I will not get started on a rant about presta vs schrader. Prices start under $3. I've tried all of the cheaper brands shown on the page. Can't remember if one brand turned out to be better than another.
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the last tubes I got were from Landry's in Natick, MA. they have a good selection of Schrader for 700 wheels including long stem if needed. not sure if they sell by mail. I think the brand they carry is Specialized.

before you change another curbside flat though you should figure out what is going on. at one point I switched tires on a bike and used a higher pressure but I got flats cus I didn't realized I need to use thicker cloth rim tape at those pressures. good luck.

BTW: "you never regret buying quality"
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Originally Posted by VegasTriker View Post
http://www.niagaracycle.com/categori...?sort=priceasc

I often buy parts from Niagara Cycle in New York state. Here is a selection of about 20 different 700C tubes with the schrader valve. I will not get started on a rant about presta vs schrader. Prices start under $3. I've tried all of the cheaper brands shown on the page. Can't remember if one brand turned out to be better than another.
I've also used them for bicycle supplies and tubes. I was happy with what I purchased.
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How about adapting your rims to accommodate the more commonly available presta valves?

http://www.amazon.com/Schrader-Prest..._bxgy_sg_img_y
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I've gotten a good deal at Art's Cyclery. Got some discount and bought a water bottle to get over $50 for free shipping.

And remember, whenever you see a box for entering a coupon code, google "[Sitename] coupond code."

Product Name Order Alloc Price Total
Road Inner Tube 5 Pack 700x20/28 32mm Prest 3 3 15.00 45.00
15% Off Customer Appreciation Discount 1 1 -1.05 -1.05
Art's 30th Water Bottle 22oz Purist Clear/R 1 1 6.99 6.99
Sub Total = 50.94
Sales Tax = 3.90
Ship Via: UPS Ground = 0.00
Payment Method: Paypal = 54.84
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Originally Posted by DX-MAN View Post
Nope, sorry; once you've dealt with the tubes that come with Wally bikes (and the replacements, as well), you'll never say that again. I do it DAILY, and won't even BUY a Wally tube again. Sadly, 700c tubes with Schraeder valves are hard to find ELSEWHERE. Wally does carry them.
Actually they are not as hard to find, as you might think, they are simply labelled 27" tubes. Which although I find 27" tires hard to find, a lot of places seem to have the tubes, go figure????
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
before you change another curbside flat though you should figure out what is going on. at one point I switched tires on a bike and used a higher pressure but I got flats cus I didn't realized I need to use thicker cloth rim tape at those pressures. good luck.
The LBS I bought the used road bike from in April (new to biking then) said to not run higher than 80lbs pressure because the rims I have might not hold the tire on well at higher pressure. Plus I weigh 210lbs and my bike with everything on it for a ride weights 37lbs. The flats are always on the back and usually a "snake bite" flat.

I am now using a different LBS and they said that the tire I had on the back was too small (not even a match with the front tire) and put on a larger tire (same as the front). I tried running 85lbs pressure and both times doing this I had "gun shot" flats...tire coming off the rim and the tube popping like a gunshot. I ride mostly on the mountain roads and sometimes there is vegetation or gravel washed onto the road from storms. Sometimes hard to miss at speed going down hills. I am carrying two tubes and a patch kit... and have gotten fast at the tube change...still a pain.
Might try the thicker rim tape and see if that helps.
Between this and shifting problems I still want a new contemporary bike...just can't afford it.

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So, a basic question:
Is a 700C x 28-32C the same as a 700 x 28-32 ?
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I think the proper size in both cases would be 700C x 28-32.
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
I think the proper size in both cases would be 700C x 28-32.
It's very strange online.
I'm finding 700 x 28-32 and 700C x 28-32 and 700 x 28-32C and 700C x 28-32C
????????????????!!!!!!!! Maybe I'll just go to the store. Just thought I could by cheaper on line.

Oh, and what difference does the stem MM make? I'm finding stems from 24mm to 44mm?

Thanks!

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There are some other options you could consider:
1. Look into getting some new 27" wheels with modern hook-bead rims. 27" rims are still made and these will keep your tires from blowing off.
2. Look into converting the bike to some modern 700c wheels.
3. Sell the bike you have and look for a used bike that is less than 25 years old. This will have more modern 700c rims. Oddly, this might even be the cheapest option of the three.

These would all require some money, like maybe $100 - $400.

For tubes, Price Point (pricepoint.com) sells discounted tubes in quantities of 5 and 10, plus they are on sale at times for even better prices.

But, it seems to me that changing the wheels or the bike is a better long-term option. If you are rolling tires off of your rim, you have a safety issue.
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Lol ... I think all those are intended to be the same size. We went from one tire size convention to another some time ago ... back in the 80s, I think. Why? No effing idea! Here's some info on it:

http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html

Re the stem length ../It depends on how deep your rims are. Deep (aero) require long stems or they don't reach long enough away from the rim for you to pump them.
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I'd put the money into solving the cause of the blowouts rather than finding cheap tubes in bulk. Just IMHO.
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What kind of rim tape or strip are you using? Is a spoke popping the tire? Find a tire with a higher rated pressure. Maybe you are getting pinch flats? 100+ psi I think would fix it.
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Originally Posted by vhj View Post
It's very strange online.
I'm finding 700 x 28-32 and 700C x 28-32 and 700 x 28-32C and 700C x 28-32C
????????????????!!!!!!!! Maybe I'll just go to the store. Just thought I could by cheaper on line.

Oh, and what difference does the stem MM make? I'm finding stems from 24mm to 44mm?

Thanks!
The various stem lengths are for the deep "Aero" wheels out there, as Vic said above. You can either but the longer stems built on or the really deep ones have screw on extensions. If you don't have deep section rims the longer stem isn't needed.

+1 for solving the cause of the flats v. buying tubes over and over, and also about buying quality tubes to start with, I use Continental tubes exclusively and haven't had a blow out from a single one, very good life length for them. And, good rim tape is well worth the time it takes to install it.

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Maybe Gorilla tape the wheel and convert to tubeless? Is tubeless the future of bikes?

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+1, Ernesto has this one nailed, I found a place with 4 Contis in a pack for a great price, it was a one time shot and I finally timed one right.

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