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Are we going to run out of tubes?

Old 03-26-21, 09:39 AM
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Are we going to run out of tubes?

Just checking in. I was buying some tubes at the local MEC (big bike place where I live) and the staff told me they were running out... and might actually run out during the summer.

I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Last year bikes were almost impossible to find. Sold out at stores. Classifieds were almost empty. I think it was because of covid, but the city has invested a ton into bike lanes and the core city is far more manageable for bikes.

Are other city's like this? Or is it just Calgary?
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Old 03-26-21, 10:50 AM
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I don't know about tubes specifically, but the general availability of bikes and parts has been and will continue to be difficult for a while.
COVID screwed up a lot of things with production and shipping and I doubt it'll get fixed anytime soon.
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Old 03-26-21, 10:52 AM
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I'm in Edmonton and I haven't ran into that problem yet. I heard that there was going to be a rubber shortage this year. But MEC hasn't been well stocked on anything since they tried selling the store. I would try calling the other bike stores and It might not hurt to buy a extra set and stock up for the season. The only other thing I did hear from one of the big bike stores was that a container of bike parts was lost at sea so they are low on all parts. Who knows?
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Old 03-26-21, 11:01 AM
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I can just imagine us tuber's sitting on the side of the road while the tubeless crowd thumb their nose as they go by. <grin>
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Old 03-26-21, 11:19 AM
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What's a tube?
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I’m loaded with tubulars.
Guess I can Ride this one out.
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Old 03-26-21, 12:34 PM
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I've been told that it's hard to get tubes by my local bike shop. But I just went online and found plenty available.

A bit more pricey, best deal was 4 for $26 but that is why I use the vulcanizing patches.

I have a stash of about 20 tubes and with patches, I got enough till someone invents tubeless tires!
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Old 03-26-21, 12:48 PM
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Originally Posted by UCantTouchThis View Post
I have a stash of about 20 tubes and with patches, I got enough till someone invents tubeless tires!
Thatís crazy talk! Never gonna happen. I was thinking of going back to solid rubber tires. 😊

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Just got 6 tubes in the mail today .Had to get them off of Amazon because nashbar did not have them in stock. I think I paid $36.00. Ordered them about 6pm yesterday and they were at my for by 2 today.
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Old 03-26-21, 03:09 PM
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Some of us won't run out of tubes until we run out of patches and glue.
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Old 03-26-21, 03:19 PM
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I doubt a shortage will happen to cause cyclists in becoming tubeless.
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Old 03-26-21, 04:15 PM
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I doubt a shortage will happen to cause cyclists in becoming tubeless.
Don't be tubeless, go tubeless.
Well the hyperinflation is coming. You will have stimulus money but no products to buy... Gov already planned this out (covid too) a long time ago...The stimulus money they give you is for you to pay past due rent/mortgage/utilities and credit card bills...not really meant to buy toys.
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Patches? We don't need no stinkin' patches!

Interestingly, by responding to the rumors of low stocks of tubes by buying up as many tubes as we can lay our hands on, we exacerbate the shortage. I personally have laid in a supply of tubes, patches, chains, cables, and, to be honest, bikes sufficient to see me through.
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Old 03-26-21, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Cheez View Post
The stimulus money they give you is for you to pay past due rent/mortgage/utilities and credit card bills...not really meant to buy toys.
have you heard of wish, amazon, fans, ebay, online betting? The trendy resource hogs, both time & of money!
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Old 03-26-21, 05:05 PM
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I bought a mountain bike in Winnipeg a couple of weeks ago, and the sales guy went to grab me a spare tube as an add-on, and they didn't have any 29". I just checked their website, and still really limited. Hmm. I figured is was just one of those things that happens with retail. Didn't realize it might be a long-term issue.

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Old 03-26-21, 05:10 PM
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As cbrstar hinted at, this is most likely an MEC issue not a general issue.
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Old 03-26-21, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by cloud View Post
Just got 6 tubes in the mail today .Had to get them off of Amazon because nashbar did not have them in stock. I think I paid $36.00. Ordered them about 6pm yesterday and they were at my for by 2 today.

Wow!
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Old 03-26-21, 06:05 PM
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Cool. I've gone tubeless. But, I do have tubes I would sell at $50 each.
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Old 03-26-21, 06:07 PM
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We've discovered we don't need tubes. It was all a hoax.
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if you inject the slime vac, then follow-up with a booster sealant vac, the old tubes may still be able to hold air. How much, for how long, & how to go about it is TBD.
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Old 03-26-21, 06:37 PM
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stuff tires with toilet paper!
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stuff tires with toilet paper!
that crap is too expensive!
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We've discovered we don't need tubes. It was all a hoax.
I heard there's a hoax vaccine.
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fake news
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I heard there's a hoax vaccine.
Yes, it's nothing but saline solution with nanoscopic tracking devices.
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