A rubber torus shaped balloon which is inflated via a valve inside a tyre to keep it rigid.

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What is the middleground between permatube and normal tubes?

I've burst my third tyre in two months on my MTB, each time it's caused by something sharp penetrating my tyre at high speed ripping a big enough hole in the tube causing the slime to leak out rapidly ...
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Presta valve won't let air in on a new tube

During a ride I had a flat tire and used a brand new Joe's tube with sealant. For the first time in many years of riding i was not able to pump air in. It appears that the pin inside the valve won't ...
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Does the valve have to be straight when replacing a tube?

I've just replaced the tube on my bike and when I pumped it the valve wasn't particularly straight as can be seen in the image below. What I'm wondering is do I need to remove the tube and ...
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When should you replace tires after getting a flat?

A nail punctured my rear wheel tire today while riding. My question is, how do you know if you need to replace a tire or simply repair it with a tube repair kit? The hole looks pretty nasty. The cap ...
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Is there a recycling program that accepts unrepairable inner tubes?

The local bike shop, not the wealthiest operation, has a pile of dead inner tubes growing on the floor. I'd love to discover something where used inner tubes are repurposed, melted down, made into ...
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What is mysteriously slicing the inside of my tubes?

For about the last year, I've had a problem keeping my bike on the road. Originally, my rear tube went flat when the tire was punctured by an office staple (don't ask me how a regular office staple ...
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What should I look for when buying tubes?

I wanted to buy a spare tube to carry while riding, but it appears there is wide choice: the first website I checked carried 92 items in the tube category, another one had 69, with prices varying from ...
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Tyre popped when going from 26 x 1.95 to 26 x 2.125

My wheel had 26 x 1.95 tyres. I bought 26 x 2.125 thinking it would fit. While fitting the new tyre, it bulged outside at one location and the tube also came out for about 7 inches. The tube is the ...
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What is the actual size of a 26x1.5/2.2 tube?

I've got some spare Specialized "Airlock" inner tubes that are size 26x1.5/2.2. That means 26 inch rims, but what does the 1.5/2.2 mean? It fits 1.5 to 2.2 width tires or something else? Curious what ...
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Mystery flat keeps happening 3-5 times a week. Do I weigh too much for my tires?

This is a little embarrassing, so I hope no one makes fun of me lol ... But I am a big girl. I always have been. Very big frame, big shoulders, big head, hands and feet. My whole life I've been ...
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back tire keeps going down

I have just bought a new bike and had it about a month now. I don't really know much about bikes but I do know how to repair an inner tube. I have had one puncture and just bought a new inner tube. ...
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Repairing Presta valves

This is the third time that I've had a leaking Presta valve on the tube. There must be a way of repairing the Presta valve rather than having to discard a good tube. Someone did it by applying glue, ...
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What inner tube size to get for my road bike?

I want to get some spare inner tubes for my new road bike, but I'm unsure what size to get. On my tire it says the size is 700 x 25c and I know that 25 is the max width of the inner tube. So should I ...
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Tubular Glue vs Tubular Tape

I'm looking into going for tubular tyres and I'm new to this part of the world. As far as I understand there are two main options to mount the tyre: 1. Tube Glue which kind of a pain in the ass ...
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Do stocked tubes go rubbish over time?

I'm stocking tubes that I found in discount. One of my friends said that tubes get old over time. Do Butyl tubes do this? If it is true, what are storage tips for stocking them? And they came packed ...
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Is it normal for an Inner tube to bulge when inflated?

I recently bought a pair of inner tubes and when I partially inflated one of them before putting it into the tire (only a few pumps with a floor pump), I noticed a portion of it was bulging out ...
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What do I do if my bike won't pump with an air pump at all?

My bike tires will not pump up at all. I tried forever. I had this bike for a year and then it won't pump at all. I have a pump you stand on and use your 2 hands to pump. At first it was pumping air a ...
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Third tube puncture in 3 weeks

I have the 3-rd puncture of the rear wheel tube during 3 weeks. All of them have the same pattern: 1 small breach about 0.5mm long. I added the photographs of the last one. Bubble inside the water ...
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inner tube length size question

So I bought a used road bike from WI recently. and just a couple days ago i got a flat. I took out the tube wanting to patch but saw that it was all patched up. So i decided to just buy a new on. the ...
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Ideas for consistently popping tubes

I ride a cyclocross about 50 miles a week. About half of the mileage is spent on roads, the other half on single track trails. In the space of 3 weeks I have had the tubes pop 5 times. Once the back ...
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Using a wider inner tube

I am switching from 700cx40 to 700cx32. I have a bunch of inner tubes that I bought for the old tires and are in the 40mm range, but I don't know anymore what the range is for each (I didn't keep the ...
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1996 Mongoose size 19" Crossway 650 replacement size inner tube [duplicate]

My bicycle has a label saying size 19" . What is the tire size for my bicycle and the what is the inner tube size?
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How can one prevent a tube from sticking to the inside of a tire?

I was cleaning my cruiser today, and as part of that I removed the tires from the rims to give them a good scrubbing. As sometimes happens, the tubes were stuck to the insides of the tires. (This also ...
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How do self-sealing inner tubes work?

How do self-sealing inner tubes work? I understand it protects against objects up to a certain length, but do I need to still remove the offending object eventually? Or do I need to leave it in? Are ...
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Complete beginner's question: inner tube too big?

My tire wall tells me that my tires are 26 x 1.95. I bought a 26 x 1.75-2.15 inner tube. When I change the inner tube, though, the tube is bigger than the wheel by two inches. How do I determine inner ...
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What will be the effect of nitrogen if it filled in two wheelers tube? [duplicate]

What if I fill liquid nitrogen in tube of two wheeler?? Is it OK?
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Relatively new tube exploded by itself without any external force

This morning I heard the tube in the rear tire explode (I never heard a tube explode before. It was quite loud). I hope someone can shed some light on why this may have happened (and how to prevent ...
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Why is the tube too long? [duplicate]

My current tube was badly pierced by a screw in the street, so I wanted to replace it with a new one. The tire is a Continental 32 - 622 (28 x 15/8 x 1 1/4 - 700 x 32c), so I bought a 28" tube, ...
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inner tube to fit in a 26 X 1.5 bicycle tire

I have a tire 26 X 1.5 what size tube should I buy for it? As yet I have not tried tubes because I don't know what size to buy.
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Bumpy ride. Is it the casing or the inner tube?

I pumped a new tube to about 80 psi (I missed that on the casing the recommended pressure is 100 psi). On the ride immediatly, I hit a very small kerb harder than I wished and after I noticed that my ...
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What does vulcanizing solution in patch kits consist of? Can I buy it?

I have a pile of old patch kits for inner tubes that are complete except for the little tube of "vulcanizing solution" that comes in patch kits. With time, these tubes crack, or have a cap fail to ...
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Tube puncture over spoke, but rim tape fine

I have a puncture in my tube on a bump in the tube that coincides with a dip in the spoke hole, and am not sure if I need to replace the rim tape or not. I have seen numerous posts about spoke ...
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How to find correct size inner tube

My tyre says 700x38 on the side of it. what size inner tube would I need for the wheel? I've ordered a 700x35 inner tube but it seems a little too big for it?
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Inner tube popped on back side of the valve - why?

One hour after my first 20-minute ride with new inner tube it exploded with "ps-BAH!" sound. Also, as you can see on the photo, two bulges appeared near the hole. The tire (25mm) allows up to 8 bar ...
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Does the plastic cap on a Presta valve serve any purpose once fitted to a rim?

I can see the use of the valve cap on a Presta valve when the tube is still packaged (it obviously stops the valve puncturing the tube), but does it do anything except look pretty (or not) once you've ...
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Deformed/uneven/bumpy wheel/tire/tube, how to diagnose or repair?

My bike has a deformation in the rear wheel, almost surely not due to the rim. At some point the tire has a "valley", causing it to bump instead of rolling smoothly. I'd like to understand if I have ...
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What powder is used inside an inner tube?

I just cut open an old inner tube I had laying around and noticed there is a white powder in there. What is it? Why is it there?
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What are the effects of completely filling tires with water instead of air?

As absurd as it sounds, I was curious as to how a bike would handle with the front tire filled with water. I wonder if steep hill climbs would be easier (particularly for a mountain bike): 1) to ...
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Patch or replace tube?

Is it worth patching a tube on a mountain bike, or just replace it with a new one? There are a lot of 1/2" - 3/4" thorns here in Texas, and I use 26 x 1.95 tubes. Any particular patch type/brand ...
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How to guesstimate correct tire pressure in the winter?

I ride a rather generic Merida hardtail mountainbike throughout the year. I don't own a pump with a gauge so I usually pump my tires at gas stations (that have automatic pumps with gauges). The ...
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What type of tires can prevent goatheads?

We have a lot of goatheads1 in our area, and they have a tendency to do something like this to bike tires: Unfortunately, I ride a road bike (specifically a Kona Dew), so I have much smaller, ...
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I keep breaking the tips off my presta tube stems

I can't pinpoint what I'm doing wrong while inflating my tubes. I use presta valves and have a "Joe Blow" Topeak pump. I put the tube stem at 12 o'clock, I unscrew the tip of the tube stem (but not ...
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How much can a 700x23 inner tube stretch?

I recycled my dad's road bike (about 20 years left in storage) so I bought a complete set of new wheels. "Good" hubs and rims, not quality brand though but I've been told they're good and that's what ...
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New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube

The new 26" MTB inner tube is much bigger than my 26" wheel (and old 26" MTB inner tube). I don't understand why. How to shopcorrectly for new tube? The bike is 1990s Raleigh mountain bike. Edit: ...
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Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?

I have only bought my bike for a month and a half and within this time span, my innertube actually burst 4 times. The bike itself is relatively cheap so I doubt that the tires are of good quality. I ...
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Help! Tire Pressure

I have a sorta light weight 54cm fixed gear (18 pounds) and I weigh about 115 pounds. I have a set of continental ultra tires for my 622/14mm (700x23) bianchi rims with standard 20-25 tubes. The thing ...
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What kind of tires I can use with tubeless rims?

I bought a Trek FX 7.4 last summer, and now, as the conditions are getting more and more slippery, I'm thinking of getting a bit more winter-y tires. The rims are tubeless, but I'm a bit confused of ...
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Valve Extender for Kids Bike

I can't seem to fit my bike pump onto my son's bike. The tires are too small, and there isn't enough of a gap to put the head of a bike pump on the valve. Are there any valve extenders (not ...
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Do glueless tube patches work as well as glue ones?

Quite a few years ago I tried some glueless patches for repairing my punctured tubes while out on the road, and found that they rarely stayed on for very long. I know that technology has advanced a ...
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Why do my tires keep losing air, even after having the tubes replaced?

I had a problem a few weeks ago where my tires were flat and needed air every time I took my bike out of the garage. I brought it to the local bike shop, and they replaced my tubes. This made a ...