Inner Tubes - What's the Difference
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    Inner Tubes - What's the Difference

    Blew out my first inner tube tonight; luckily had a spare and a friend who knows how to change 'em. I now know how to change an inner tube (on a rear tire to boot!), and am now in the market for some new inner tubes. Is there any magic to inner tubes? What do you get as the price goes up? I am by no means a competitive biker, just fun early morning or evening rides along country roads which aren't always the smoothest ride. Any thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzb10
    Blew out my first inner tube tonight; luckily had a spare and a friend who knows how to change 'em. I now know how to change an inner tube (on a rear tire to boot!), and am now in the market for some new inner tubes. Is there any magic to inner tubes? What do you get as the price goes up? I am by no means a competitive biker, just fun early morning or evening rides along country roads which aren't always the smoothest ride. Any thoughts?
    my LBS told me that as long as you get the right size, it's not important what brand to get. They gave me a few extras with my bike, and they only cost in the three dollar range, so I'm confident that price isn't terribly important.

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    What is get with increasing cost is lighter tubes. They are lighter because they are thinner. To me the weight difference is so trivial that I buy the cheap ones. I have used some cheap and some expensive and could never tell a difference. The thin ones didn't seen to flat any faster, but I wasn't any faster either.
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    weight difference is minimal, but

    superlight tubes are usually a lot smaller, making it very handy to stuff into jersey pocket along with other stuff. Try folding a thorn-resistant into your pocket, and you will get what i mean.

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