Posted December 06, 2000 - 05:11 PM
If I wasn't such a cheap bastage, and bought a new tube in the first place, I wouldn't be facing another tire change!
Anyway, I went down to the shop and bought a Moose Heavy Duty Tube. It cost over twice as much as a standard tube ($18.95 US), but I am getting tired changing these damn tires so I figured that it would be worth it.
My question is, are these things worth the extra money?
My last flat was a severe pinch (there were some serious rocks at the Elsinore GP!) that probably would have flatted any tube.
Anyone have experience with these heavy duty tubes? Do they actually prevent flats?
Posted December 06, 2000 - 05:30 PM
Posted December 06, 2000 - 08:55 PM
Posted December 07, 2000 - 07:18 AM
Of course I can’t say for sure but I think these tubes do prevent flats and run them despite the very high price, I figure it’s good insurance. I also run heavier ply Dunlop Desert A/T in the rear in races w/ no flats yet (knock wood) as well as a generous amount of slime.
One thing I will say is that they are a bit harder to install, especially the front, because they are so thick. Put some air in it after you install but before you bead the tire back on to prevent pinching, that fat tube gets in the way of a tire iron MUCH easier, and nobody wants to ruin a twenty dollar tube.
Since I ride in a lot of Mesquite and cactus I usually end up with slow leaks at both ends. As long as the bike doesn’t sit for extended periods Slime is very effective in keeping the air in. I just wait for the next needed tire change to replace/repair them in this case, and air up with a portable tank before each ride (I’m picky about air pressure in the sand and check it each ride anyway).
Posted December 07, 2000 - 07:56 AM
Posted December 07, 2000 - 10:30 PM
I installed the tube last night and it was harder to install, but not too bad. I pulled it off without a pinch.
My van took a dive so the Blue Bomber is my ride to work for a couple days. Made it past a radar cop on my way in. Woooo Hooo! Thank god for the bicycle computer.
Posted December 08, 2000 - 07:16 PM
Moose tubes! Who needs em!
Darin from Missouri - 1999 WR 400F