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Old 08-15-12, 05:27 PM
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bike tubes

which tube do you guys use??

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Old 08-16-12, 05:47 AM
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I just pick up Bontrager tubes from the LBS. Easy, quick, and as good a price as ordering anything from Amazon.
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Old 08-16-12, 08:22 AM
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I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
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Old 08-16-12, 08:33 AM
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My LBS carries Avenir and a few sizes of some other brand (name escapes me at the moment) for about $6 a tube. I've been happy with them for a long time.
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Old 08-16-12, 08:39 AM
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I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
Life Time Warranty.. I bought 8 tubes.

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Noted a string of p/v stems without thread, lost air
when rubber bonding failed,around the base of the stem.

And Leyzine floor pump chuck screws on to the threads , that are not there.
so pump wont work.

there is an un-threaded band between the cap thread and the ring nut thread.

i get a fine air seal with my Pista Silca pump's bell chuck gasket , around that ring.

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Old 08-16-12, 09:36 AM
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Axiom and kenda, no specific problem in 8000 kms of commuting
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Old 08-17-12, 08:18 PM
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I read a test years ago that concluded, "Tubes all suck, but Continentals suck least." I don't notice a huge difference between Contis and whatever's on sale, but when they're available, that's what I buy.
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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
One of my two local Sports Authorities carries Avenir smooth stem tubes.
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Old 08-17-12, 09:58 PM
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I always buy Schwalbe tubes; the schraders stem is metal and threaded all the way down (with a locknut at the bottom like most prestas have).
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Old 08-18-12, 01:28 AM
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I just picked up a mavic 700c 21-25 presta. Th valve is black and smooth like the michelin
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Old 08-18-12, 10:31 AM
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Whenever I need a tube I pick up whatever the LBS has on sale.
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Old 08-18-12, 10:34 AM
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Pricepoint.com 5-packs for me, except in emergencies.
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Originally Posted by alhedges View Post
I always buy Schwalbe tubes; the schraders stem is metal and threaded all the way down (with a locknut at the bottom like most prestas have).
I like the Schwalbe tubes, seem to hold air better than some of the lesser brands I have used. I primarily use them in my daily riders. As an experiment a while back I used a Schwalbe tube in the rear wheel and a Bell Brand from WalMart in the front. The Schwalbe only required topping up every 10 days or so, the Bell every 3-4. May have been a weak tube. FWIW that bike has Schrader valves on it. Most of my other bikes are Presta with a couple running the Woods/Dunlop style.

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i went to bike shop to buy tubes and the bike person at the shop said they sell two brand tubes Specialized and Bontrager. which one would you buy? the guy recommended specialized just because he uses that tube for his bike.
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Old 08-18-12, 06:35 PM
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Originally Posted by SimonLee View Post
i went to bike shop to buy tubes and the bike person at the shop said they sell two brand tubes Specialized and Bontrager. which one would you buy? the guy recommended specialized just because he uses that tube for his bike.
Got a quarter to flip? I would buy which ever one was on sale or that they had in the size I needed.

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Originally Posted by Looigi View Post
I like tubes with smooth stems (presta) so use Michelin butyl. Any others out there with smooth stems?
Yep. I usually buy Michelin tubes for the same reason. I have some Avenir smooth stem tubes laying around, too.
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Old 08-18-12, 10:21 PM
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the thing was both brand had my tire size and both were the same cost not sure which was more lightweight i should have took both boxes and held it to weigh it.
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I've used pretty much whatever tube is available. It does seem to me, as Aaron stated, the Schwalbe tubes are quite nice. I've not used a Specialized tube yet.

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