Ziptying a Spare Tube?

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  1. outty

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    Any reason why a fella couldn't just zip tie spare tubes to the bike somewhere? I'm trying to find a little tool box to tuck out of the way to stash a spare tube, some doo-dads and my tool roll but so far I'm coming up blank. Not much out there that isn't just a pannier.
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  2. aldend123

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    Some mountain bikers do this, and I'd assume road cyclists too. Enough that some smaller indie companies are making straps just for this purpose. But with a heavier tube and more chassis vibration, I'd bet the main issue is having the zipties start to saw in to the tube over time. I'd be nervous that I'd only notice the the zip-tie cut a slit in the tube when I needed it. Maybe wrap it a heavier material? Or use something like Rok straps?

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    There's other motorcycle options though. Wolfman and Tusk both make fairly popular fender bags that strap over the front fender and can hold a tube (not sure about the larger sizes). I have the wolfman one. I keep two tire spoons in the bag with the tube. Another option is a small tail bag, like the Wolfman Enduro Tool Bag. There's at least a handful of bags on the market in this style.

    Maybe you've seen this, but list of options https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com/t/1008/Fender-Packs
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  4. RVDan

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    Stuff the folded new tube into a section of an old tube to protect it and then do whatever you want to it.
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    vacuum seal it
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  6. Schmokel

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    Only issue I see here is trying to get it out. The sealer I use for our meats have to be opened with a knife. I'd be worried of slicing the tube.

    I keep mine in an old sock in the tool tube.
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  7. outty

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    Thank you for all the replies.

    I think I'm going to roll it up, put a layer of rubber where the zip tie makes contact, then shrink wrap it (can open w/o tools) then zip tie it to a little nook in the frame like in the photo above.
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  8. shovelstrokeed

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    An appropriate sized freezer bag or even a sandwich bag will do the job with a lot less chance of the zip ties cutting into the tube.
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  9. Yinzer Moto

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    On my WRR, there is a little shelf above the taillight and below the rear fender, it is a prefect place to stuff a spare tube. I hold it in place with a couple bicycle toe clip straps.
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  10. jet123

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    Voile ski straps usually do the reick
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  11. dravnx

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    If you can't manage to open a vacuum bag without slicing the tire, perhaps you shouldn't be changing your own tire. Rubber is also degraded by sunlight. I think a vacuum bagged tube stuffed into another container is an excellent idea.
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    Something opaque and enclosed. Grit and dust over extended periods will not be good. I'd look at a sandwich bag.
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  13. outty

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    This tube is a monster, I don't think they make sandwich bags big enough. It's a 4mm thick UHD 21" - I don't know why I bother carrying a spare, I couldn't pop this thing if my life depended on it.
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  14. aldend123

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    Put the heavy-weights in the wheels, but carry a light weight spare unless you're going somewhere really remote that you don't think you can risk running a light weight in the event you had to use it.

    If the zip will cut through a rubber tube, it'll cut right through a plastic bag within the day riding off road. Maybe a couple layers of thick plastic sheeting?

    They also make fender bags specifically to solve this problem :D
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  15. gmk999

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    I keep mine in a ziplock with a good amount of baby powder . I just burp the air out of the baggie and it travels just fine.
    I cary only one spare tube (for the larger dia tire) The powder helps to get the kinks/twists out of it if it has to go in the smaller tire.
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    I know this is a silly question - but is there more to installing rim tape than just putting it on? It's not sticky at all...there is no way it's going to stay put.
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  17. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy Supporter

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    It'll stay put.
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    tennistime99 Been here awhile

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    Saw another thread where someone made a cylinder out of PVC that they zip tied to the frame. It was large enough to put a spare tube and tire spoons in.

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  19. dbc

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    I usually stretch a layer of stucco tape over the rubber strip to hold it in place. It's made of thin plastic and holds up well.
    Available at most mega hardware stores.

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  20. outty

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    The strip that I bought was about 1/4" less in width and half the thickness of the old one - I put it on, but I also cleaned up the old one and put it back too. I'm satisfied with how it all went together.

    Thanks for the advice fellas.
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