In Defense of Tubes

It seems there’s a growing sentiment out there against riding tubes.  I ride tubeless too, but I’ve not been convinced that it’s the be-all-end-all.  Mostly, I ride tires that are on sale, and always, I carry a tube, sometimes two, when I’m riding.  I’ve gashed a tubeless or two over the years while in the back country, and a tube was my salvation.

Basically, what I’m saying is:  there’s no need to bad mouth tubes.  We all carry them to get us out when we flat.  Let’s give ’em some love.

Patch kits too!

(I’m currently riding a patched tube out back that went around Indiana’s AHT for 24 miles, and bumped and sliced through Michaux for three days.)

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