Inner tube madness

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by Mitch89, 8 Apr 2010.

  1. Hi everyone,
    Sorry for this question im sure the answer is obvious but . . . . .
    I am just wondering where the best place to by inner tube from is and what brand to get. Also what size would I need to buy, my tires says it is 700*23c.
    Also is it worth investing in any of the anti puncture stuff that I have seen online
    Thanks in advance :biggrin:

    Scott
     
  2. Mark_Robson

    Mark_Robson Senior Member

    Try here,
    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/5-x-Continent...sure_cycling_bikeparts_SR?hash=item439d9b3398
    Oh and the slime stuff is rubbish with presta valves.
     
  3. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    Just steer clear of specialized tubes, to be blunt they're shite.
     
  4. Practically any make of tube 700 x 19-28c, presta tube will do you. I personally like to avoid Specialized as I find their stems weak.
    I can't really say about slime but I dont think I'd add it to a road bike (assuming thats what you've got).
     
  5. chfp77

    chfp77 Active Member

    Location:
    Up North
    Why is that??
     
  6. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Not at five for £3 they're not! Which is what I bought my last lot at:biggrin:
     
  7. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    Ah, but have you used one yet?

    I bought a pack of 3 Spez tubes a couple of years ago, every single one failed at the base of the valve stem. Now I spend a few pence more and buy Schwalbe tubes, funilly enough I haven't had a single one fail at the stem.
     
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    Mitch89

    Mitch89 New Member

    Thanks guys all been a big help :blush:.

    Will have to pop down to my local halfords to pick one up for now as i dont think i could last the weekend with out the bike.

    Last tube broke at the valve stem after only a week of uses and to top it the spair i got at the shop had a split!!!:biggrin:
     
  9. I found out this problem the night before a club run. 1 tube had failed, replaced it, the replacement failed too, same place at the valve stem. Had no spare so I patched one. Sod's law I got a p'ture on the club run and the patch in the spare never worked.
     
  10. Gerry Attrick

    Gerry Attrick Lincolnshire Mountain Rescue Consultant

    Ah......now you mention it. I did have one bust at the base of the valve, and I blamed it on my track pump which seems awfully reluctant to let go of the valve. When I replaced the tube, I made a small washer out of the old one and fitted it over the new tube's valve stem.
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    I've used and carry a Halford tube, they seem a little lighter and flimsier than the nutrak ones from the LBS but noting I could really put my finger on
     
  12. twemp

    twemp New Member

    I was hoping I could make my first post a useful one!

    Anyway I have to agree with others that spesh inner tubes are a waste of money, far too weak at the stem. All of mine failed at the stem.

    The best I have found are from Decathlon. Nice and cheap, reinforced around the stem, thoroughly recommended :blush:

    http://www.decathlon.co.uk/EN/700-x-19-22-presta-set-3890860/
     
  13. Kestevan

    Kestevan Last of the Summer Winos

    Location:
    Holmfirth.
    The Decathlon ones are great too.

    Only problem I've found with them is they have a very short valve, if you have slightly deeper rims it can be a bugger getting enough stem through to get a pump to stay on tightly. They may do a longer stemmed v. but I bought the std ones without looking.
     
  14. threebikesmcginty

    threebikesmcginty Corn Fed Hick...

    Location:
    ...on the slake
    I bought a big box of Continental ones from Ribble in their sale, they've got lovely yellow dust caps too - unless you're rock 'ard and too macho to use caps.

    Good price and enough to last for a few years...hopefully.
     
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    Mitch89

    Mitch89 New Member

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