Are tire tubes all the same?
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    Are tire tubes all the same?

    Putting together a kit. However, there are a lot of options for tubes.

    Should I just buy the cheapest one?

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    yes save for patch kits, tire levers

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    Tubes are all different. Not only do you have different size presta valve lengths, but there is also a difference in the thickness of the tubes. Cheaper tubes are really thin. One of my friends swears that the thicker tubes are prone to less flats. I tend to think it's the tire that matters more.
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    Generally cheaper tubes are thicker actually.
    part of the extra cost for non cheap ones is lightness which comes from the thinness,

    Anyway, I can't tell the difference from one tube to the next ride quality wise but I have had valve problems with really cheap ones so I buy something decent. I figure if something gets though my tire it'll go through any tube so they aren't a consideration as far as flat protection goes.

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    They aren't all the same, but how much different is a matter of opinion.

    Here's Sheldon's take:
    Bicycle Tires and Tubes

    FWIW, this is my preference:
    Continental Race Road Presta Tube 700c x 18-25 - Road Tubes

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    Thanks for the help!

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    Whenever possible I buy tubes with thread-less valve stems. It's much easier to get the pump or CO2 pump on & off, the smooth, non threaded stem gives a better seal, & the thread-less stems don't chew up the rubber gasket in your pump. Thread-less stem tubes can be a little hard to find sometimes. My LBS stocks them under the Giant brand name. Michelin makes them, too.

    If you buy latex tubes, which are thinner & lighter than butyl tubes you'll have to pump them up every time you ride. Latex is more porous than butyl & leaks air out faster. Latex tubes are also more expensive.
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