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Latex tubes. Do you use them in everyday training??(6 posts)

Latex tubes. Do you use them in everyday training??SGrouts
Sep 7, 2002 11:21 AM
Any flats??
How many rotational grams do you save anyway?
Worth the extra bucks?

Thanks for any replys.
The question is why the heck would you?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Sep 7, 2002 11:42 AM
No offence and please don't take this as a flame but why the heck do people focus on trying to make their bikes so light for training? I think its a phase almost every rider (myself included) seems to go through thinking that they need the lightest and best stuff completely forgetting the rider makes the bike. Now its true more expensive stuff can last longer which is justifiable but in the case of latex tubes its not true.

For a race only wheelset yes latex tubes may be the way to go keeping in mind latex tubes are known to go flat a lot more than regular tubes. I can hardly justify that in any race other than a provincial/national championship or hill climb. Why subject yourself to that to save at most a quarter lbs while training? Also if someone has a lot of bad luck with flats and don't learn their lesson pretty quick they'll have spent enough to have bought lighter components in the first place.

re: Latex tubes? Thought this was a cycling board?? NMbic
Sep 7, 2002 4:35 PM
And why use Latex when you can have the real thing? nmLeisure
Sep 8, 2002 1:15 AM
Okay, but have you tried Butyl?? You'll go back to Latex. (nm)Spunout
Sep 8, 2002 2:50 AM
re: Latex tubes. Do you use them in everyday training??Ironbutt
Sep 7, 2002 5:30 PM
I have used latex tubes exlusively for the past seven years. It's not so much the weight saving (you can get butyl tubes that are lighter than latex) but the difference in ride quality. The latex tubes allow a good tire to conform more easily to minute irregularities in the road surface and greatly enhance the ride of most any bike. I have two really stiff bikes (alumnium and titanium) and can immediately tell the difference in the ride.

In the past year I have had one flat, and that one because I stuck a used tube in a new wheelset that is VERY TIGHT to mount tires. I must have nicked it a little in the mounting process. Just watch out for the so-called bargain tubes, and get quality ones like Michelin or Continental.