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I carry a spare tub under my saddle strapped to the rails

Its folded as small as it can possibly go with no base tape showing , similar to this

https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https%3A%2F%2Flh5.googleuserconte...

 

The problem i have is my bib shorts seem to be rubbing on each side causing wear to them

 

Cant really mount it anywhere else as all pockets are used for other stuff and bottle cages are both being used on every ride and i like the look of it strapped under the saddle

 

Any ideas, tips?

 

 

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srchar [856 posts] 2 months ago
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Put it in a sock.

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philhubbard [143 posts] 2 months ago
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Old ground coffee wrapping is a usual favourite

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flobble [137 posts] 2 months ago
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philhubbard wrote:

Old ground coffee wrapping is a usual favourite

That's a top tip. In my case not for tubs, but for tubes stored in a saddle pack with tools - stops them wearing a hole in the spare tube.

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BehindTheBikesheds [2013 posts] 2 months ago
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velcro strap and secure around seat tube or top section of down tube?

Personally I carry a sealant foam cannister that expands to inflate whilst sealing the hole, never bothered taking a spare tub and the cannister takes up a heck of a lot less space.

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kev-s [298 posts] 2 months ago
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Cheers guys

Will give the sock method a try, although i do like the look of a tan wall tub strapped to the saddle, kinda shame to cover it up

Not keen to carry it anywhere else on the bike due to looks

Tubs fitted on the bike are pre treated with sealant, the spare is for when/if i get a big slash that the sealant cant fix, also carry a can of vittoria pitstop just in case the spare tub needs to be used and then that gets a puncture

I like to be prepared for most things as some rides i can be 50 miles from home and 30 miles from the nearest train station and i tend to ride when most people are at work (i work shifts) so cant call anyone to come and collect me

Had to ride 15 miles once with 2 deflating tubs, the last 5 miles they were pretty much completely flat, so now i always like to be prepared

 

 

 

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daccordimark [71 posts] 2 months ago
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I used to just strap it on without a covering and never had a problem with shorts rubbing on the tyre but then I have very weedy thighs. I now use a sock because it helps stop any wear from the buckle on the toestrap apart from anything else.  Doesn't look too bad:

https://photos.app.goo.gl/W8w1bBc1P296aKdH3

Mark.

 

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Rapha Nadal [847 posts] 2 months ago
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Buy clinchers.

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Tjuice [259 posts] 2 months ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Buy clinchers.

I am struggling to work out how to glue the clinchers onto the tub rim...

For my spare tub, I ended up buying one of the super lightweight Tufo tyres from the Elite range (possibly the Elite Jet, but they also do some lighter ones that are supposed to be track specific).  I can fold this tyre up roughly as small as a regular inner tube, so it takes little space.  I also carry a little bottle of sealant, so the tub is really just an emergency back-up.  Admittedly, rather an expensive back-up, so best to buy when one comes up cheap on ebay or in a sale.

 

 

 

 

 

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racingcondor [239 posts] 2 months ago
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Clinchers will never catch on.

I put a loop of velcro around mine and then store it in an old SealSkinz sock which keeps it dry as well as tidy. I started doing that after an old Continue Giro (so cheap as anything) I'd had as my spare perished from water/UV damage.

You could also use an ultra light TT tub as an emergency only option, some of them roll up very small (Tufo might work for that).

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HowardR [204 posts] 2 months ago
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When I rode  tubs I used to shove then down the front of my [woollen] shorts - Damd uncomfortable but I like to think that it looked impressive.  

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terneil [1 post] 2 months ago
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Try folding it with the valve 1st on the inside  then put it in a plastic bag. 

 

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ConcordeCX [816 posts] 2 months ago
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HowardR wrote:

When I rode  tubs I used to shove then down the front of my [woollen] shorts - Damd uncomfortable but I like to think that it looked impressive.  

https://youtu.be/dAargSCXQaQ

 

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matthewn5 [1201 posts] 2 months ago
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That's not the best way to fold a tub. It should be double, like this:

https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/821401-best-way-fold-carry-tu...

The key to avoiding chafed thighs is to use a 19mm tub as your spare, not one of your 25 or 28s.

A pair of very strong small rubber bands works wonders in compacting it.

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kev-s [298 posts] 2 months ago
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Tub is a 23mm Vittoria Rally folded like the pic in the above link

No room in jersey pockets due to them being full with other things

At the moment ive strapped it to my tool bottle, works well and dosent get sprayed with water/dirt

 

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HowardR [204 posts] 2 months ago
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Feel free to put this suggestion in the box labeled "Stupid Ideas" ~ but ~ when I used tubs I found if I wanted to carry a second, or even second & third spare tub.... The old technique of twisting it into a figure of 8 and wearing [it/them] over my shoulders worked very well. 

It may not be the most slipstreamed solution and it may be better to avoid using previously used tubs that have a sticky base tape - but - it leaves ones pockets free &  is comfortable enough that you'll soon forget [it/their] there.

If you do try it - and if it works..... don't blame me if you develop a mysterious urge to wear woollen kit & don some goggles.

 

 

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kev-s [298 posts] 2 months ago
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As already said pockets are full

1st pocket, energy gels, used energy gel wrappers and loo roll (been caught short once before, never again!)

Middle pocket, phone and wallet

3rd pocket,  Mp3 player and amp

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/1003/escrs/mp3_zpszcxp83s7.jpg

 

So there is no room left and these are things i will not ride without so none can be removed

Dont fancy having a tub around my shoulders

As said the tub is now strapped to my tool bottle and seems to work well

 

Thanks

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rtw [42 posts] 2 months ago
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kev-s wrote:

Cheers guys

Will give the sock method a try, although i do like the look of a tan wall tub strapped to the saddle, kinda shame to cover it up

Not keen to carry it anywhere else on the bike due to looks

Tubs fitted on the bike are pre treated with sealant, the spare is for when/if i get a big slash that the sealant cant fix, also carry a can of vittoria pitstop just in case the spare tub needs to be used and then that gets a puncture

I like to be prepared for most things as some rides i can be 50 miles from home and 30 miles from the nearest train station and i tend to ride when most people are at work (i work shifts) so cant call anyone to come and collect me

Had to ride 15 miles once with 2 deflating tubs, the last 5 miles they were pretty much completely flat, so now i always like to be prepared

 

 

 

 

Wow, you are carrying a lot of stuff 'just in case'. Personally when I was riding tubs frequently, I had £50 in paper money under the insole in my shoe. Double puncture, or anything that couldn't be fixed meant a taxi. The day was spoilt anyway.

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kev-s [298 posts] 2 months ago
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I like to be prepared for almost anything and would be pee'd off if i had to cut a ride short just because i didnt have the tools/parts to fix the issue and then to add insult to injury have to pay to get back home!

 

All sorted now anyway so thanks for everyone's input

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racyrich [311 posts] 2 months ago
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Wear 2 jerseys. Inner's pockets for phone, wallet, keys and change. Outer's for 'stuff' - tub in your case, food, divested clothing.