Bike tubes - points of importance
Bike tubes should always be a part of your “just in case” inventory if you ride on a clincher or tubular wheels and tires. To get the right bike tube there are a few characteristics to keep in mind like:
- Size – will directly depend on the size of the tire it fits inside. The diameter of the bike tube or inner tube should match the diameter of the wheel and tire on your bicycle. For road bikes the size is usually 700C and for gravel bikes 650B. For mountain bikes the usual sizes are 27.5 and 29 inches. The width is determined by the width of the wheel from rim to rim.
- Type of the valve – there are two most common types of valves Schrader and Presta. Schrader is wider and usually used on relatively low-pressure tires which are typical of mountain bike tubes. Presta is narrower and used mostly on high-pressure tubes like road bike tubes. None is better than the other, they are simply different and non-interchangeable. Presta valves are available in different lengths so that the longer one will fit fine on the deep-rim wheels. Schrader is available in one length only, since the mountain bike wheels are very few with the deep rim variant.
- Material – Bike tubes are made from butyl rubber and latex. Butyl rubber bike tubes are standard, they are reliable and cheap and there are even some lightweight options. Latex bike tubes are more expensive because they are thinner, lightweight, and flexible, creating less rolling resistance, and therefore they are used for racing. The downside is that they are prone to punctures.
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