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Old 04-08-11, 09:42 AM
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What type of tubes do you use?

Last thread I could find was from a few years ago, wanted to see if anyone has any insider knowledge on "the place" to get some good quality inexpensive tubes... I've been using the cheapos from Nashbar, but I'd like to get something that goes more than 100 miles before flatting...
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Have you tried the tubes that your LBS carries? Your tires are what are preventing flats, not your tubes.
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Old 04-08-11, 09:52 AM
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Have you tried the tubes that your LBS carries? Your tires are what are preventing flats, not your tubes.
What brand of tube does your LBS carry? I'm guessing that's the one you use?

I'm exaggerating, it's really like 200 miles, and it's not always the same wheel. I did get a new set of tires, so I guess I should put those on before switching up tube manufacturers.
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I have no preference at all in tube brands; I've had no problems with generics.

What is causing your flats? I doubt it is a tube defect. If you have a problem with a lot of pointy garbage where you want to ride, there are extra-tough tires and tire liners to help deal with that, or even tire sealants for an extreme fix.
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I'm not really sure what happened this time. I went out to the garage to get the bike off the stand, and found no bike. I searched around my house and found it was relocated to the shed, and now had a flat rear tire. It is a mystery. That was my second to last spare tube, so now it's time to get some new ones, and I was curious what everyone was using before I went out and bought my standard 5-6 to get me through the year...
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How long was it in the shed ? They usually lose air after a bit, and need to be pumped up or topped off before each ride, depending on frequency.

Also, patch the tubes you have.
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Columbus Spirit tubing.
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I buy whatever's on sale. The LBSes typically sell tubes for cheap a couple of times a year and I stock up then. Usually Specialized or QBP or Kenda. I think they all come out of the same giant factory in Taiwan somewhere.
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Michelin ultralite tubes from performance bike. Reliable, light, no threads along the presta valve, roll up tiny so you can fit multiples in a tiny seat bag for century+ rides.

Tried a specilized tube last month and it split along a seam within a week. Probably just a random factory defect that could happen with any tube though.
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I use Specialized, because that's what my LBS carries. Tubes are fairly inexpensive as it is, so I really don't spend any time trying to find a better deal than buying through the LBS. Even if I could save a buck or two on a tube, I've more than gotten that value back in overall service I get from being a regular at the shop.
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Lunar lites. Saving 100 grams At the rim is too good a deal to pass up
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Have you tried the tubes that your LBS carries? Your tires are what are preventing flats, not your tubes.
ACtually these, Forté Road Thorn Resistant Presta Tube, do a great job of preventing flats for me
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Originally Posted by jmX View Post
Michelin ultralite tubes from performance bike. Reliable, light, no threads along the presta valve, roll up tiny so you can fit multiples in a tiny seat bag for century+ rides.

Tried a specilized tube last month and it split along a seam within a week. Probably just a random factory defect that could happen with any tube though.
I like this idea of threadless presta valves..hmmmm.

Is Michelin the only one who makes these?
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Originally Posted by carlspeed View Post
What brand of tube does your LBS carry? I'm guessing that's the one you use?

I'm exaggerating, it's really like 200 miles, and it's not always the same wheel. I did get a new set of tires, so I guess I should put those on before switching up tube manufacturers.
I use Bontrager and Specialized tubes and they work great. I occasionally use Q-Tubes and they work equally as well. They are all probably made by the same company anyway...
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Originally Posted by tmass View Post
ACtually these, Forté Road Thorn Resistant Presta Tube, do a great job of preventing flats for me
You are correct sir. I should have mentioned with the exception of thorn resistant and slime filled tubes. I am too much of a weight weenie to even consider those options.
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I use whatever I can find in the front and a thorn resistant tube in the rear. I've been using the Forte thorn resistant one in the rear for over 2 years...no flats and I only have to top off the pressure once a month.
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I do the opposite of cheap. Buy the best tubes you can get. I pay almost $7/tube at the LBS for Bontragers with long stems.

Then buy a patch kit. (Not the preglued ones - they don't work.) You'll be able to use that $7 tube for a long friggin' time, even after it flats. The higher quality tubes won't fail at the stem (I had a whole bunch of Nashbars of which quite a few failed at the stem. You can actually feel the difference in thickness in the tubes from Bonty vs Nashbar.)
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How do you lock the valve on the rim without threads?

I put Bells on from Walmart when I got the bike and after getting a flat down the street from my LBS, I put a Bontrager they had on. The valve itself is longer and seems to be made of a better quality brass. Both hold air the same. The long stem Bont is a pain to get through the rim hole and it really stresses the rubber where the valve is. Thats the place where I want reinforced because if I get a flat I don't want to have to worry so much about the tube tearing at that place since it is not repairable.
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Originally Posted by HMF View Post
Lunar lites. Saving 100 grams At the rim is too good a deal to pass up
+1 Definitely, loss weight where it matters most
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Originally Posted by mjoekingz28 View Post
How do you lock the valve on the rim without threads?

I put Bells on from Walmart when I got the bike and after getting a flat down the street from my LBS, I put a Bontrager they had on. The valve itself is longer and seems to be made of a better quality brass. Both hold air the same. The long stem Bont is a pain to get through the rim hole and it really stresses the rubber where the valve is. Thats the place where I want reinforced because if I get a flat I don't want to have to worry so much about the tube tearing at that place since it is not repairable.
The Bontys are solid - if yours are failling at the stem, you're doing something WAY wrong.
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Originally Posted by joe_5700 View Post
Have you tried the tubes that your LBS carries? Your tires are what are preventing flats, not your tubes.
+1000

I got in about 3500 miles last year and only had one flat. In 2009 I had two flats and logged similar mileage. I would rather pay for $60 tires and expensive rim liners than have to spend a lot of time dealing with flats due to cheaper tires, tubes and rim liners.
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I get whatever is the cheapest. Sometimes at a local bike race, Kenda shows up, and you can get a bunch of tubes for cheap. I have tried the PBK tubes, where I saw bad reviews. On my one bike, a set of PBK tubes have been in the tires now for more than 2 years. Like everyone else said, get the tube that is closest to the house
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Kenda is great. They show up at the ToC with a big wagon and I get tubes and training tires cheap. KMC was here last year too. Note to self to stock up on chains as well.
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Originally Posted by mjoekingz28 View Post
How do you lock the valve on the rim without threads?

I put Bells on from Walmart when I got the bike and after getting a flat down the street from my LBS, I put a Bontrager they had on. The valve itself is longer and seems to be made of a better quality brass. Both hold air the same. The long stem Bont is a pain to get through the rim hole and it really stresses the rubber where the valve is. Thats the place where I want reinforced because if I get a flat I don't want to have to worry so much about the tube tearing at that place since it is not repairable.
You aren't supposed to lock them, and doing so could cause valve failures.
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i use cheap tubes all the time with reasonable tyres and the tubes out last the tyres
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