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Poll: light or regular weight tubes?(12 posts)

Poll: light or regular weight tubes?velocity
Mar 25, 2003 11:09 AM
I'm bored at work and find myself mulling over this riveting dilemma. Which do you choose? Why and for what purpose?
light weightlaffeaux
Mar 25, 2003 11:17 AM
The less weight in the wheels the better, and light weight tubes are a good way to lose an easy 80 grams from the wheels. I've not found them to be any more flat-prone than standard tubes. If a piece of glass makes it through the tire, the tube is going to blow "irregardless" of the tube.
re: Poll: light or regular weight tubes?MR_GRUMPY
Mar 25, 2003 11:24 AM
For everyday training, I use cheap heavy tubes. On the fast group rides, I use lightweight tubes (60g). For racing I use tubulars.
The cheapest I can find...biknben
Mar 25, 2003 11:45 AM
I experimented once and got burned. Some super light performance tubes failed on me. The quality of these tubes was poor at best. I never bothered to try anything else.

FWIW: I now race on tubulars so I'm not desperate for lightweight tubes
Salsa and Specialize ultralight tubes failed me. (nm)niteschaos
Mar 25, 2003 11:55 AM
re: Poll: light or regular weight tubes?Juanmoretime
Mar 25, 2003 11:58 AM
I ride light weight tubes, the 49 gram specials from Performance Bike. As long as I baby powered them, I flat just about as much as when I used standard tubes. I've gone a whole season without a flat and last year, I think, I had about six. I guess it's the weight wiennie in me that has to have the lightest of everything. My 59 centemeter Vortex weighs in sub 16 lbs. Considering I run as well as cycle, I log 2,000 a year running and about 3,000 to 5,000 a year on the bike.
regular weight, cheap and durablelonefrontranger
Mar 25, 2003 12:02 PM
I don't bother with tire liners like some folks do in their training wheelset, but I don't use lightweight tubes. The spring snows and rains have brought out the usual sand, glass, metal chunks, car parts, roofing nails, pallet staples and other assorted mayhem onto the roads. Plus tumbleweeds have thorns in. Heck almost everything that GROWS in Colorado has thorns in. Or drops branches on the road.

Last week's Louisville Velo ride got sixteen flats collectively. One was caused by running over a sharp piece of metal ski boot buckle, that was a new one on me. What the frig that was doing in the road in the middle of rural Weld county, no one will ever know. A few miles up the road, there was a big mob of french fries (with ketchup) - like FIVE POUNDS of (cooked) fries scattered gutter to gutter. No trash, no box, no paper, just fries. Considering that we were still out in the back of beyond, easily 15 miles from the nearest fast food joint, it was kinda surreal. The scary part is that this was at the point in the ride where those fries were looking kinda tasty...

Most of my tubes have 3-4 patches minimum before I toss them. Durability is king. Dirt roads are common. This is why I use a different set of wheels for racing only.
Michelin Service Coursecipolini2b
Mar 25, 2003 12:27 PM
Great tubes, pretty light ~70 grams, and they look/feel high quality. not expensive either. Less than $5.
Michelin Service Course - 2ndteamsloppy
Mar 25, 2003 12:55 PM
They hold air well (so I don't have to pump up every morning). A good compromise. I like the smooth valve stem (doesn't leak as you pump).
Michelin Service Course - 3rd. (nm)Kerry
Mar 25, 2003 5:21 PM
LIght weight tubes that meet my standards.dzrider
Mar 25, 2003 12:35 PM
Some lightweight tubes have thinner rubber but look the same size as regular tubes. I haven't had good luck with theses. Others look smaller in diameter, but similar in thickness. These have been fine. I get the same amount of flats on the road with either, but have trashed a few of the thinner rubber tubes in the process of changing tires. So, to save me from my own clumsiness, I avoid them.
Thorn resistant, but its a special case ...Humma Hah
Mar 25, 2003 3:22 PM
I like running Schwinn Westwind reproduction tires on the cruiser for reasons of retro authenticity. In truth, the tread pattern on that tire has always been a glass magnet. I routinely find half a dozen little pieces of glass poking thru the tire, tickling the tubes.

On the Paramount, I expect to run standard tubes. The bike will weight about 22 lbs, about half the weight of the cruiser, and there's no point in being a weight weenie on this chrome-laden retromobile.

I do insist, however, on the right size of tube. I want a tube that does not have to stretch to fill the tire case. Stretched tubes let go like an overfilled balloon when punctured.