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Old 05-11-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Question re-use tubes?

I find myself changing tires often, and always using new tubes. I use good Michelin tubes, sometimes only 3-4k. I ride interstate, back roads, dirt, and gravel. Any thoughts?

I use these tubes http://www.motorcycle-superstore.com...T.ac=SLIsearch
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:08 PM   #2
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I run a tube for 6 months max on road and 1 year off road. I do not run patched tubes just patch to get home, but I usually have a spare with me.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:16 PM   #3
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I have spare tubes to carry, but don't want to spend time on the side of the road patching tubes or replacing them with spares. I hate to just toss the old ones that look fine when I could use them, especially if I'm not very far from home. Just curious about reliability.
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Old 05-11-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
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I have patched hundreds of tubes and had tubes with several patches even. Reliability is not a problem.
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Old 05-11-2013, 02:01 PM   #5
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I have patched hundreds of tubes and had tubes with several patches even. Reliability is not a problem.
What type of patch do you prefer?
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #6
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Inspect the tube. If good, reuse. The biggest failure point (non-puncture) is around the valve stem. If where the valve stem meets the tube is in good shape and no other tramatic events to the tube, keep using. If the tube is starting to crack and split anywhere, most common at the point the valve stem joins the tube, time to toss it and get a new one.

I generally go 2-3 tires before I get a new tube. Providing the tire didn't spin on the rim shreading the tube.
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Old 05-11-2013, 03:45 PM   #7
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I'll use an undamaged tube for 2 sets of tires. For the third set, I rotate in the unused tubes that I carry as spares, and buy new ones to pack as spares.

I keep my spares wrapped up in ziplock bags so they don't get worn spots or chemical/oil contact.


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Old 05-11-2013, 04:13 PM   #8
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A patched tube stays on for the life of the tyre, unless it leaks.

A good tube stays for at least 2 tyres. Maybe 4! If there is no visible ware then it is good to go.

Patches? The type with separate glue.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:23 PM   #9
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I like hot patches .
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:52 PM   #10
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I like hot patches .
I thought that those were outlawed by the EPA, DOT, and WTFG (Works Too eFfen Good)?

I consider of the tube age also. I pulled 2 original heavy duty tubes out of a 2000 Softail which looked perfect, but I replaced them. But if they look good and are less than 5 years old, I'll re-use them.
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Old 05-11-2013, 04:58 PM   #11
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I had a box of 200 I bought years ago. Down to a couple left. I heard they're available overseas.
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:59 PM   #12
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What are hot patches?
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:03 PM   #13
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Sounds like the answer I was looking for, thanks!
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:56 PM   #14
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I have patched hundreds of tubes and had tubes with several patches even. Reliability is not a problem.
I run my tubes until they have a massive injury, this one just got retired because the hole in it was so big it kept ripping larger under the patch.

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Old 05-11-2013, 07:27 PM   #15
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I find myself changing tires often, and always using new tubes. I use good Michelin tubes, sometimes only 3-4k. I ride interstate, back roads, dirt, and gravel. Any thoughts?
I want your old tubes.
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