Most of us have probably been there. You’re on a ride when one of your tyres begins to feel wobbly and deflated. You stop, and sure enough discover a puncture.
“No problem!” you exclaim, and set about swapping the tube for the new and unused one in your saddlebag. All seems to be going well, until you get to pumping up your shiny new rubber – when you find nothing happens. Your brand new inner tube is damaged in some way and won’t inflate.
Most cyclists have a box, bag, shelf, <other> of inner tubes in their home, ready and waiting for when puncture strikes. However, if you’re lucky enough to suffer so few punctures that they’re sitting on the shelf for a while, you should make sure they’re well taken care of to avoid the situation above.
Here are some factors to consider…
In Your Saddle Bag
- Avoid leaving tubes squashed into a saddle bag for long periods of time. Forcing the tube into a small space could cause weakness where the tube is folded and pressure applied. Try to use a saddle bag with enough space, and don’t leave them in there forever!