bargain inner tubes?

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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby Jdsk » 11 Oct 2020, 6:18pm

If they do it's pretty slowly.

Probably best stored cool and in the dark.


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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby scottg » 11 Oct 2020, 6:54pm

Schwalbe Aerothan Tubes, only $30 American, so you can sit by the side of the road
and have a good cry when you flat. ... tube?fltr=
Deutsche Luftschiffahrts-AG

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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby PH » 11 Oct 2020, 8:03pm

I've twice bought cheap tubes and both times regretted it, once an obscure to me brand I've forgotten from York Rally, four for a fiver I think, had two valve failures and didn't use the other two. Then some Nutrak ones from PX, that I think were £1.99, the spare I'd been carrying had a manufacturing fault along the seam, no amount of cheap made the long walk home from work at 2am worth it (Though it wasn't their fault the glue in the repair kit was also solid)
I'm now exclusively on Schwalbe tubes, lightweight ones on my best bike and standard on the others. I don't know how often I buy them, probably less than one a year, not often enough to be concerned too much with the cost. And I'll never again carry an untested tube of any make.

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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby pwa » 11 Oct 2020, 8:15pm

Jdsk wrote:If they do it's pretty slowly.

Probably best stored cool and in the dark.


I keep my stock in a cardboard box in my little room at the back of the garage and in twenty years of doing that I've not had one tube degrade. I am sure I have used some five years or more after purchase and with no hint of any change in their condition. Cool and dark are indeed advisable for long term storage.

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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby Brucey » 11 Oct 2020, 9:14pm

add 'dry' to that list too.

So 'cool, dry, dark'.


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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby UpWrong » 13 Oct 2020, 1:25pm

foxyrider wrote:
djnotts wrote:Went in Halfords yesterday, looking for Slime. None to be had, so I picked up 2 26" tubes, £4 each. Guy at counter says "4 for a tenner?" I said yes.

did say :D

Its not widely advertised in store and i'm not sure if you can get 4 mixed sizes in the offer or whether it has to be 4 of the same.

You can mix them and get a cycling UK discount.

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Re: bargain inner tubes?

Postby Eyebrox » 13 Oct 2020, 2:13pm

Four for £5 with latest customer discount offer.