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Old 10-19-2010, 04:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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do I need to put tubes in my new tires?

I just bought a ultima 80 spoke 21" front wheel. I was going to buy an 80-90-21 tire. Do you have to run tubes on a wire wheel?What is the safest route? Any downsides to running a tube? Thanks.
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Old 10-19-2010, 04:55 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Yes you have to run a tube with spoke wheels no downside other than the normal spoke wheels ... Have to check your spokes from time to time to make sure there tight...
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There are manufacturers that make spoke wheels that don't require tubes. Rare tho.
The downside to tubes is the difficulty in roadside repairs compared to tubeless.
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There are manufacturers that make spoke wheels that don't require tubes. Rare tho.
Rare and extremely expensive. Most claim to be sealed spoked wheels, but they really aren't and end up leaking requiring a tube anyways.
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Lots of discussion to replace tube each tire change. I'm in the school that replaces with a new one each time, on a road bike. I do not want any chance of an old stretched tube getting a crease in it and losing air on a nice day riding or when I want to get somewhere.

The dirt bikes where patched and repatched. They always had a crease somewhere. But I was never very far from transportation and would ride them flat.
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Lots of discussion to replace tube each tire change. I'm in the school that replaces with a new one each time, on a road bike. I do not want any chance of an old stretched tube getting a crease in it and losing air on a nice day riding or when I want to get somewhere.

The dirt bikes where patched and repatched. They always had a crease somewhere. But I was never very far from transportation and would ride them flat.
Always a good idea to have a new tube and I would also add look into dyna beads to balance your wheel, you won't need to add spoke weights... I use them in all my bikes and have put them in over 30 customer bikes with no complaints... You can go here to purchase them or find a local dealer to get them... http://www.innovativebalancing.com/motorcycle.htm
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I've ridden bikes since before tubeless tyres and always replaced the tube when fitting a new tyre. The old tube then served as a spare if I got a puncture. Fortunately that is less frequent with recent tyres, which have better puncture resistance.
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