Are they really rubbish or is it just me?
Had the Worst Bike Ride EVER yesterday. Long story which ended with me being a girly wimp and crying on a road in the middle of nowhere on the South Downs.
Anyway. Just wondered if anyone could shed any light on inner tubes (all Halfords) all getting holes in the same place in the last seven tubes I've used over the last six weeks or so. At the site of the valve, but on the tyre side, rather than the wheel/valve side. No sharps in the tyres and anyway, if there were, the hole would be in a different place every time as the tyre's in a slightly different position whenever you put it on. Happens in both wheels.
I'm not the most experienced cyclist/mechanic but my puncture repair/tyre changing etc has been ok over the last 18 months. Can I?
Is is me or is it that Halfords tubes are rubbish? One even burst (brand new one - had only been put on on Saturday) suddenly burst while I was in the car driving to the bike club meet yesterday morning. Same location on the tube but this one was more of a tear than a hole. Tyre wasn't pumped up hard and anyway, I was in a freezing cold car.
I am very frustrated.
Sounds like a quality issue there Hen. If you still have them take them back to Halfords and let them know what's been happening.
I use Schwalbe tubes for many years and can recommend.
I used a halfords (same here in nl) inner tube once as I had run out of the ones I normally use and it leaked like a sieve... I would go as far as to say that in this case you do pay for what you get...
I use schwalbe and conti inner tubes, no problems....
Artful Hen wrote (see)
Well, you've both made me feel a bit better. I DO have the receipts (have bought four this weekend) and have five tubes I can take in to show them.
THanks FB. Funnily enough, I've just been to the LBS who were as mystified as me. They're tiny little pin prick holes apart from the one that burst spontaneously in the car yesterday. Also, they're 'on top' of the tube rather than at the side where you'd expect a pinch to be. So he thought it must just be a bad batch of tubes.
However he did tell me never to use levers for putting a tyre back on (pinching was always something I was worried about) and showed me how to do it. I'll see if I can do it later by myself. Perhaps my hands will be strong enough with all the massage I do!
Thanks, FB - have stocked up on Bontrager ones. Buy two, get one free. Yes, went over the tyres which are both fine.
Let's hope that's an end to it. Onwards and upwards. Felt like throwing the bike under a train yesterday!
Directly opposite the valve?
Could your excess Christmas weight, if you have some **legs it away from threads containing AH** be flattening the tyre out. It could be the internal end of the valve puncturing them. Admittedly shouldn't happen but then you did get them from Halfords.
Only thing I can think of.
Haven't had a puncture all winter on the Turbo.
"""" I was getting a puncture every 100 or so miles last year as a result of worn tyres."""""
you didnt do 100 miles trainng last year Barlos
Thanks Carl. In the shop Mark did have a good old look at my tyres and did find a piece of sharp gravel embedded so I'll have a much better look at them in future. But it still didn't explain why the punctures were always in the same place, on both wheels. Still - I've moved on and have put it behind me now.
The tyres still have some life in them because shortly before Roth I changed to some Conti 4000S and only took them off when I started turboing again.
Interesting re the little screw washer thing.
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