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    Carrying a Spare Tube

    I'm looking for a way to carry a spare tube as it won't fit in my seatpack. I'd also rather not have it in my backpack because sometimes I'll ride with just a bottle and I'm just as likely to take it out to make space when I'm on my 29er and forget to put it back in.

    So, aside from getting a larger seatpack how do you guys carry tubes?
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    I have an extra water bottle cage that I keep one in. It is folded up tight, in a small soft pouch, and then sealed in a ziplock. No point in bringing a tube if it isn't protected. All this fits very snug in the cage. I was planning on using zip ties to secure it but they aren't even needed.
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    Thanks, think I've even got a suitable container that will fit in the cage
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    I like the idea of using the bottle cage.

    I was hoping I could just use a 29er tube in a pinch to get out of the woods and back to my truck where the massive fatty tube was LOL

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    Has anyone used motorcycle tubes? You'll have to drill out the rim, but that's no biggy.
    I have a custom cruiser with a 24" x 3" rear tire on a 85mm wide rim that I used one on with great success. They're also cheaper!

    I only ask because I will soon, hopefully, be a fat bike owner, if only the manufacturer would make more than 10 bikes at a time.

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    Cary only Q-tubes superlight as a spare - because they are thinner they can actually fit inside a wide mouth water bottle for safekeeping. There are also non water bottle "tool kit" bottles that fit just like a water bottle.

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    I can carry a fat bike tube, tire lever and multi tool in my Lezyne L-Caddy. It's designed to carry two 29er tubes so there is just enough room in the main compartment to carry the fat tube. I put mine inside a plastic baggy to make it easier to get in.

    Looks normal (at least to me) mounted on the bike.

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    I haven't done it with my fatty yet bc I haven't figured out the best way to carry one...but I wrap my 29er tubes in a sock and stick them in my camelback.

    The sock helps protect the tube from rubbing through and it doubles as a rag when your hands are filthy.

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    Mini frame bag


    P1020468 by druidh_dubh, on Flickr

    Holds tools, levers, mech hanger, tube, chain link and a couple of other bits and bobs.

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    Is there space in the L Caddy with a fat tube in there? I normally carry a spanner, multi-tool, tyre levers, surgical gloves and some patches in my seat pack
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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbaz View Post
    I like the idea of using the bottle cage.

    I was hoping I could just use a 29er tube in a pinch to get out of the woods and back to my truck where the massive fatty tube was LOL
    you can use 29r tubes anytime, no need for anyting fat specific.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drofluf View Post
    Is there space in the L Caddy with a fat tube in there? I normally carry a spanner, multi-tool, tyre levers, surgical gloves and some patches in my seat pack
    The bottom pocket has enough room for me to put my multi-tool, wallet and 2 co2's. I put the patch kit and tire levers in the main pocket with the tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianick View Post
    The bottom pocket has enough room for me to put my multi-tool, wallet and 2 co2's. I put the patch kit and tire levers in the main pocket with the tube.
    Now have one on the way
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    I have enough room to carry a Q-Tube and multi tool in a large Topeak saddle bag. I carry my Crank Bros. pump in my pack or in jersey pocket.

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    I carry the Bontrager 29x2.8 tube as a spare and it fits in my small/medium size seat pack with levers, Missing link and minitool. No inflate for the fat bike since I would need more than a few so I have a Lezyne floor drive mini pump mounted on the bottle cage mounts

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    Quote Originally Posted by Solrac the red View Post
    Has anyone used motorcycle tubes? You'll have to drill out the rim, but that's no biggy.
    I have a custom cruiser with a 24" x 3" rear tire on a 85mm wide rim that I used one on with great success. They're also cheaper!

    I only ask because I will soon, hopefully, be a fat bike owner, if only the manufacturer would make more than 10 bikes at a time.
    Yes, 21" motorcycle tubes fit the fats nicely. Wider is better. I like the 3.25/3.50-21, but the 2.75/3.00-21 also works as does the 90/90-21
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pjbaz View Post
    I haven't done it with my fatty yet bc I haven't figured out the best way to carry one...but I wrap my 29er tubes in a sock and stick them in my camelback.
    I do the same thing, except I stick the sock down the front of my shorts... er... what? Nevermind.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fat Bob View Post
    I do the same thing, except I stick the sock down the front of my shorts... er... what? Nevermind.....
    hope the sock is large enough so when inflation time comes it can handle the volume.

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    Bigger seat pack;

    Works great. Don't even know it is there. Better than having it taking up all the room in my Camelback. Having my spare tube always with the bike it fits (I ride 26, 29, & Fat) is them main advantage!
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    How much does it weigh?
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    How much do the 21" motorcycle tubes weigh?

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    I just throw it in a baggie and wrap black tape around it to the seatpost or any part of the bike I wish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    How much do the 21" motorcycle tubes weigh?
    I was just going to ask this same question. Surely they must weigh more than the Schrader-valved 2.5"-2.8" QBP DH tubes…
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    How much does it weigh?
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    I bought a non-heavy duty 130/17 tube for my Supermoto, and it definitely weighed 500+ grams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    How much do the 21" motorcycle tubes weigh?
    a whole friggin lot, 2-3 x what a bike tube weighs

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    I keep mine in a Sunlite 1/2 frame bag which still allows 2 bottle racks below, it's sold by J&B and cheap compared to the Q bag (tho there's is nicer)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    How much do the 21" motorcycle tubes weigh?
    I recall a weight similar to SurlyToobs - but can't find where I wrote it down. Maybe I'll remember to weigh one again.
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    I make sure the tube is completely devoid of air, put a stem cap on the valve and fold it flat in about a 6" length of folds. I use two elastic straps made from cut pieces of old tube and put those on each end of the folds. This keeps everything compact and flat for storage wherever. I keep mine in my hydro pack. I ride 29er typically but I only carry a 26" tube so it packs lighter and smaller. It's just for emergency get-back-to-the-truck situations anyway. I've had to use it only once, and that was when I ripped a hole in the side of my tubeless race tire on a concrete curb on the way to a bar to have beers. I've never had to use it on the trails in the 4 years I've been tubeless now...

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