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    How often should inner tubes & rim strips be changed?

    My tires are 10 years old and beginning to crack on the sides. Clearly it is time for new tires. However, should I also change the inner tubes and rim strips while I'm at it? FWIW, Continental advises changing tubes and strips with each tire change, and in any event, at least every 3 years. Is this an abundance of caution or legal liability protection?

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    10 years!

    Quote Originally Posted by rpm471
    My tires are 10 years old and beginning to crack on the sides. Clearly it is time for new tires. However, should I also change the inner tubes and rim strips while I'm at it? FWIW, Continental advises changing tubes and strips with each tire change, and in any event, at least every 3 years. Is this an abundance of caution or legal liability protection?

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    Under normal conditions I don't see a need to change tubes and rim strips. Usually I destroy a tube well before that is an issue. I don't know how you got 10 yesrs out of a tire. Either you ride 200 miles a year or you ride on cotton balls. Getting more than a season out of a tire is a minor miracle for most

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    Quote Originally Posted by rpm471
    FWIW, Continental advises changing tubes and strips with each tire change, and in any event, at least every 3 years. Is this an abundance of caution or legal liability protection?

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    10 years is a very long time to go with the same tube and rim strip, I'd change it.
    As for Continental, they make tubes, tires and rim strips. Like Valvoline telling you to change your oil every 3 months or 3000 miles, they will 'recommend' you change the tube and rim strip as often as possible.
    3 years sounds more reasonable.
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    I'd change the tubes as well as the tires if they're 10 years old. I'm kind of a high mileage rider, and usually go through one front and two or three rears in one season. I'll use up another set during the winter months. I almost never change the tubes under these conditions. If they've flatted and have 3 or more patches, I'll trash them for new tube. Depending on what kind of rim strips/tape you have, I think it's important to change them every year. I use Velox rim tape & I've had problems with flats on the inside of the tubes if I don't change the tape on approx. a yearly basis. It only costs a couple of bucks.
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    when they need to be.

    To some people thats one flat (new tube throw away) and for others they patch it 10 times, it just depends how much your willing to pay for convenience really.
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    Wow! A Tire lasting 10 years may qualify for some kind of Record.
    I go through 2-3 Tires a year.
    Pitch a Tube after 3-4 Patches.
    Change my Velox Rim Tape every Year.
    January = New Chain and New Rim Tape.
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    mileage not time.

    A tire lasts about 2000 miles. A tube can go three times that long. It's protected by the tire from cuts as well as dry rot. A NYC bike club used to have a contest to see how many patches a rider could tolerate. The winner was 9. I don't know how many tires that tube went through, probably at least two.

    Responses here might suggest weight has alot to do with flats caused by rim strips loosening up on the access holes to the spoke nipples. I weigh 160 # and have never had problems with Velox rim strips. They're at least 8 years old, 3000 miles a year, so each run about 24,000 miles. I'll probably replace the strip when I rebuild the rim.

    I get nervous carrying a spare tube more than a year or so, remembering once repairing a flat with a spare that had a hole in it caused by the tire levers rubber banded to it in the sandwich bag. Never had a patch fail, though.

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    10 years! You deserve a new bike!

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    If you're changing out the 10yo tires I'd go ahead and change out the tubes and rim strips/rim tape as well...cheap preventive maintenance and might save you a long walk home. I was changing tires on an older bike for someone a few years back and the valve stem actually pulled out of the tube so I decided to change the tubes out too, and re-taped the rims while I was at it.

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