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To Tube or not to Tube(12 posts)

To Tube or not to TubeSean008
May 20, 2003 9:24 AM
So do you guys "always" carry a spare tube? I have a micro-sized seat bag that holds tire levers, a patch kit, a CO2 inflator, and three CO2 canisters with no room to spare (no pun intended).

When I commute and/or ride close to town, I figure I'm pretty safe with just this. On the occasions when I'm out putting in more miles, I plan on carrying a spare tube in my jersey.

Any thoughts?
I always carry 1 spare tube. You just never know. nmTNSquared
May 20, 2003 9:56 AM
how far do you feel like walking? how long waiting for a ride?JS Haiku Shop
May 20, 2003 10:09 AM
pushing a bike is not fun. especially walking like a duck in cleats, or barefoot. bring what you like, then accept the consequences (good or bad).

many times the things that will cause a flat will cause two. other times, tubes may fail in places difficult to patch: the seam, or the stem. you never can be *too* prepared, IMHO.

i'd rather ride than walk, and will sacrifice a little room in a jersey pocket or a larger seatpack to bring along a spare tube, and often a second, on "short" rides. i prefer to use my ride time for riding, not patching.

re: To Tube or not to TubeMikeC
May 20, 2003 10:09 AM
It's not too elegant, but a lot of micro bags have a strap underneath (outside the bag) that you can tuck a spare tube in.
Related question - tire repairAztec
May 20, 2003 10:29 AM
Got a flat on Sunday. No big deal, replaced the tube after I inspected the tire. 15 minutes later another flat. Closer inspection of the tire revealed a 1/4 inch gash that upon flexing opened up and was causing the tube puncture. I stuck a piece of cliff bar wrapper between the tire and tube and got home.

What's the best way to fix the tire? I've got some tubeless tire patches from a friend who rides tubeless MTB wheels but is there something better for road tires? Or should I just buy a new tire?
Related question - tire repairJS Haiku Shop
May 20, 2003 10:51 AM
road tires are expensive and i'm a cheap barstid.

i'm riding a pair of gatorskins with tire boots (2) in place. the tires have under 1000 miles on them.

for boots, i used old kevlar reinforced, wire beaded tires that had squared-off and cut 1.5" sections out, minus the sidewalls, and used them like your bar wrapper. my seatpack or however i'm carrying stuff also contains a couple on any medium to longish ride.

this works ok for me, but those with the "princess and the pea" sensitivity might feel a little hop in a tire booted in this manner.


Related question - tire repairpina
May 20, 2003 9:11 PM
Park makes what i think is called a tire boot and it works perfect if the gash is what one would call repairable.
May 20, 2003 10:47 AM
I always carry two tubes, a patch kit and a pump. The micro pump fits in the seat pack, along with one tube and the patch kit. The other tube goes in a jersey pocket.

While I rarely get multiple flats on a ride, it does happen. I also do not depend on a CO2 inflator -- I've had more flats than CO2 before, and I was screwed. I also do not rely on my ability to always find the hole in a tube -- sometimes they are damn hard to find. Plus, I'd rather slap a new tube in there and get back to riding ASAP. I'll spend some time after the ride locating the hole and patching the tube for future use as a spare, rather than do it on side of the road.
Lot's of reason's to carry one, no reasons not to unless...miposy
May 20, 2003 10:59 AM are racing.

I just don't notice the weight, so it would be foolish of me not to carry one.

A tube, patch kit, and tools fit just fine in my small seat pack, and the tubes fill very well with that low-tech Zefal frame pump attached to my bike.

There is even room for a credit card, driver's license, and some cash. No room for the cell phone, though, it lives in my pocket where it can injure me in a crash.
When commuting I would absolutely carry at least...serbski
May 20, 2003 3:52 PM spare tube. Should you get a flat you can just whip that spare in and get cracking otherwise monkeying around with a patch kit you'll have to time trial to work once you've got the bike up and running. No fun, that one! I'm kinda anal but I carry two tubes *always* and have taken to bringing three these days as I've had those days where one flat is only the beginning. I have a Pearl Izumi seat bag that is very low-key/looks good and it holds three tubes and a tire lever. I carry anything else (like a multi-tool/cell/wallet etc.) in my jersey pockets. BTW, a full-sized frame pump is really great for getting the tire up to pressure quickly and easily as well. Carry a spare, you'll be very, very happy you did when you get a flat.
So, how does that patch kit work in the rain? (nm)Kerry
May 20, 2003 5:53 PM
Um, get a slightly bigger seat bag? (nm)djg
May 21, 2003 6:11 AM