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Are all tubes equal?

Old 09-20-08, 05:30 PM
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Are all tubes equal?

What's the difference btwn a 2.99 nashbar tube and a 5.99 brand name tube?
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Old 09-20-08, 05:35 PM
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Weight, seams and taste.
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$3.00 - Aren't they pretty much all made in China?
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the name brands do taste a bit better when I lick them
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Originally Posted by AEO
the name brands do taste a bit better when I lick them
The Michelin Aircomp Latex tubes I use are damn near edible.
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I use Vredestein tubes only because they come in the smallest box.
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I use Fort/Performance tubes because they were on sale at the time, and I was buying tires through Performance already (again, on sale). Of the three different tubes I've used, I can hardly see any difference between them other than stem length.
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I have Giant tubes because thats what the LBS 3 blocks down the street sells. I've had other tubes that came my way by various means, but I've never noticed a difference. They taste pretty bad though... ick.
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Why do you taste your tubes?

Lick them to find a flat?
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche
Why do you taste your tubes?

Lick them to find a flat?
If water isn't available.
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If you patch your tubes, I find the cheaper brands to have more and larger seams, which requires more sanding before patching.

I still buy the cheap one's on sale though.
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Oh, BIKE tubes.
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