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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 11:50 AM
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Slight fork in the topic, but:

What brand of tube is considered "best"? Is there any consensus on that besides thick and heavy duty?

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"Which brand is Best" questions on things such as tubes to me are sort of empty questions because there are so many brands, none of us have tried every brand out there, and the differences between many brands is infinitesimal from a practical standpoint, and the sub supplier for one brand may change between one purchase and the next. Any answer will probably be somewhat prejudiced from lack of overall sampling.

Get at least a 3 mm thick tube or preferably a 4 mm thick tube, and you will be fine.

I always coat the tube and inside the tire with talcum (baby) powder before installation. It seems help the tube seat initially and not become glued to the tire over the long haul. After installation I always fill the tube full of air, pull the stem, let the air completely out then re-fill it. This is to help the tube seat with no tension against the tire and may help with the longevity. (These might be wive's tales type of advice, but I was taught to do these things as a young man and I have had overall good luck with tubes.) A bike shop usually won't do those things when they install a tire.

One other "trick" is to inflate the tube and let it set for a day or two before installation, if you have the time available. This helps the tube maintain it's shape during installation and reduces the chances of pinching it. If I can't do that sometimes I install the tube with just a little bit of air in it

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That there are some excellent tips and advice!

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One other "trick" is to inflate the tube and let it set for a day or two before installation, if you have the time available. This helps the tube maintain it's shape during installation and reduces the chances of pinching it. If I can't do that sometimes I install the tube with just a little bit of air in it

I install the tire with tube full of air. Just barely full, not bulging or anything. Helps the tire irons glide over it instead of grabbing it for a pinch. Not that I don't sometimes still pinch the tube, but that helps me.

Agree with all your other points!
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I always buy the "heavy Duty" tubes. I must say I am guilty of not replacing them with new every time. Usually I inspect the tubes when reusing, This time the bike came with a new set of Michelin heavy duty tubes so I had the guy that was changing the tires change the tubes too. Next time I need tires I'm converting to tubeless.
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I don't have any experience with purchasing new tires along with tubes yet but I would suggest looking into swapping out valve stems for some 90 degree stems before getting the new tires or tubes installed.

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Anytime I have owned a bike with tubes in it, I have always replaced them. To me, it’s cheap insurance.

I reckon as long as you get yourself a good quality tube, you should be fine.

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I would usually change tubes every other time until a couple years ago when a valve stem shed itself from the tube for no apparent reason. After that I sealed the spokes, installed the NAPA 90-426 tubeless valve stem and replaced the tube with air. So far so good.
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I agree on changing the tubes at regular tire change intervals (which generally should be happening every 2-3 seasons for motorcycle rubber).
On my '74 Norton Commando, when setting up with first new rubber since restoring bike, I selected "Counter Balance" tubes, which have dynamic balancing beads already inside. These seem to work really well....so much so I'm considering those tubes for my bonneville.

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Does anyone use the tire sealant called Ride On. I heard it's a good product. Planning a long trip and want as much insurance against a flat as possible.
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Well, guess I jinxed myself. Picked up a blade from a disposable razor knife in the rear tire on Friday as I was headed to a parts swap meet. Had to wait on the side of the road for an hour and a half for the tow truck. I'm going tubeless now. The tube got punctured in two places and there is a nice long scratch next to the punctures.
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