School's in - School me on inner tubes please!

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by More_Miles, Apr 19, 2013.

  1. More_Miles

    More_Miles über-n00b

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    Hey all,

    That time again when I need to replace the skins on the ol' beast (R100RT). When ordering tires, I'm also looking at inner tubes. What a mess! Everything from about $10 to, well, $30-$40. I'm aware of the differences between synthetic and natural rubber (tear resistance, air seepage, etc) but really, what's the difference for street use in alloy rims between a $10 and $30 air bladder?

    Cheers all!
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  2. muschelschubser

    muschelschubser Been here awhile

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  3. jbcaddy

    jbcaddy Long timer

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    my natural sarcasm forces me to say $20 :evil

    Sorry, I could not help myself
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  4. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    I'm currently running a $3 Thai-made innertube in the front tire of my GS. It seems to hold air every bit as well as any other tube I've ever used.
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  5. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better

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    Some folks swear by heavy duty tubes for everything. Personally, I'm of the school of thought that standard duty tubes are better for on-road use. Less heat build up according to that line of thought. Can't verify that, though.

    I even ran standard duty tubes in the F650 when I still ran it off road a fair bit.

    Go ahead and spring for rim strips while ordering tubes - if you don't, you'll surely find one or both in sad shape. :deal
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