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Puncture resistant, lighter, eco friendly inner-tubes from Foss

Everybody hates punctures, which is why newer better puncture-resistant inner-tubes are constantly being invented, and the gravelly side of the road is littered with their flaccid carcasses as for a variety of reasons they fail to beat the general all-round user-friendly convenience and cost of a normal inner-tube.

The latest tubes to step up to the challenge are these ones from Foss, who claim their tubes are not just puncture resistant but also lighter and more environmentally friendly than your normal inner-tube, quite the triple whammy. Each is a bold claim by itself, but as the Foss website proudly proclaims they’re “a unique, energetic, strong conqueror”. And who would dare argue with that?

First off, Foss tubes claim high puncture resistance because they’re made from a highly polymerized un-vulcanized rubber composite, which is special because if punctured the tube material forms an air-tight seal around the thorn, nail or puncture intent sliver of glass, retarding the speed of the leaking air. This means that you won’t know you’ve punctured as long as the offending item is still in the tyre, or at worst it will go down incredibly slowly, allowing you to get home. However should you get a hole you’ll need to fix it with one of the special self-adhesive patches that are available at £3.98 for six.

The Foss tubes are environmentally friendly because the modified thermoplastic elastomer compounds (TPE) they are constructed from means they can be recycled with other TPE products, thus minimizing waste & protecting the environment.

And if all that wasn’t enough Foss say their tubes weigh about 30% less than other tubes, and they have blue valves, which is cool.

Foss tubes cost £19.99, so they’ll need to be about 4 or 5 times better than a standard tube to be worth their while, which is not an insignificant challenge, even for a strong conqueror. The tubes come with their own special rim-tape which is designed to stop the tube slipping and pinching in the tyre and are available in 20x1.35-1.75, 20x20-25c, 26x1.35-1.75, 26x1.95-2.25, 29x1.95-2.25, 700x20-25c and 700x35-45c sizes.

These Foss inner-tubes come with incredibly specific instructions for fitting, which doesn’t help with the trepidation brought on by newer improved lighter better inner-tubes thanks to experiences with new improved lighter better inner-tubes in the past, swearing by the roadside in the cold and dark, and rain. But we’ve got some of these blue tubes for the road bike and some for the cyclo-cross bike to hopefully put those demons to rest.

www.velobrands.co.uk

Jo Burt has spent the majority of his life riding bikes, drawing bikes and writing about bikes. When he's not scribbling pictures for the whole gamut of cycling media he writes words about them for road.cc and when he's not doing either of those he's pedaling. Then in whatever spare minutes there are in between he's agonizing over getting his socks, cycling cap and bar-tape to coordinate just so. And is quietly disappointed that yours don't He rides and races road bikes a bit, cyclo-cross bikes a lot and mountainbikes a fair bit too. Would rather be up a mountain.

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Faroon [22 posts] 3 years ago
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Can I put Stan's sealant in them? Or more to the point, if I do put stan's sealant in them, will it still work???

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mrchrispy [444 posts] 3 years ago
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10 maybe I'd have a punt but 20 quid????

for that reason....I'm out!

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chrismday [44 posts] 3 years ago
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I hope that's not a smooth valve stem that your pump blows off at about 80psi. Looks like it  2

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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Un-vulcanized?? They have still to get Spock's approval then?  4 4

I'll get my coat and on the way I say, unless the are indestructible, £20 is a bit expensive

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mikeprytherch [223 posts] 3 years ago
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Oh my god... just read the instruction manual

http://www.foss.com.tw/fabricating/DABO.pdf

The price is stupid, the fitting terrible, if you do not follow instructions they will blow up and you will be killed !

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andyp [1444 posts] 3 years ago
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Nice. My stock of Air-Bs is finally starting to dwindle so these look a lovely replacement.

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Angelfishsolo [132 posts] 3 years ago
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Am always happy with my Michelin A1's at £3.99 a pop  1http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Models.aspx?ModelID=20484

I will pay >£20 for a tyre but never an inner tube.

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mr-andrew [300 posts] 3 years ago
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A quick look round teh interwebs reveals that they can be had for a tenner. Still pricey though, but I do like that blue

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chris75018 [99 posts] 3 years ago
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I do hate how hard it seems to be to recycle normal tubes, but playing devils advocate, how much more environmentally friendly is an innertube shipped from Taiwan vs Michelin ones shipped from France?:?

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andyp [1444 posts] 3 years ago
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Does anyone actually recycle tubes? Seems to me that most people throw them into trees for the fairies to remove.

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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andyp wrote:

Does anyone actually recycle tubes? Seems to me that most people throw them into trees for the fairies to remove.

Yes, its quite an interesting thing, but not recycling in its normal sense

http://bicycling.about.com/od/thebikelife/tp/Reuse-And-Recycle-Possibili...

http://www.recyclescene.com/how-to-recycle/dont-trash-that-tread-recycli...

http://pinterest.com/minlii/recycling-bicycle-parts/

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notfastenough [3673 posts] 3 years ago
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I wouldn't dream of chucking one away while I'm out unless there is a litter bin. Messing up the countryside is a shitty thing to do.

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fluffy_mike [96 posts] 3 years ago
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I've never seen an inner tube discarded in the countryside, nor seen a fellow cyclist do anything but take a damaged item home with them

you'll be saying cyclists throw plastic bottles in hedges next

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dyes [1 post] 3 years ago
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Feel free to order tubes from the shop here: http://tinyurl.com/fosstubes. They are wheelbuilders in Poland (www.facebook.com/kolarowerowe).

The best way would be to simply send email to sklep [at] daveo.pl and order directly desired amount. Guys speak perfect English there and are able to give you discounts for bigger purchases.

Available sizes:
* 26/1.95-2.25 - £10
* 26/1.35-1.75 - £10
* 29/1.95-2.25 - £10
* 26/2.0-2.5 [new size!] - £13
* 700/23C-25C - £10
* 700/35-45c [new size!] - £10
* 700/20-25c [new size!] - £10
* 700/20-25c [new size!] - £10
* Patches (6 pcs) - £2

Apart of the low prices each tube contains free rim tape. Shipping to UK shouldn't be more expensive than £20.

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Al__S [1008 posts] 3 years ago
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I looked at that installation manual. Crikey. That's a bit mental...

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Cadence Minge [3 posts] 3 years ago
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What's 'mental' about the instructions? A bit of massage at 0.5 psi and make sure the line is in front of the valve. Other than that, I do all the rest when installing a 'normal' tube

Maybe a minute longer by the side of the road as a result, but ... err ... you should be doing that less often if the technology works

More important than weight though is rolling resistance

More important even than that is Rule 8: the colour matches my frame (I'll know, that's what matters)

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andyp [1444 posts] 3 years ago
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'What's 'mental' about the instructions? A bit of massage at 0.5 psi and make sure the line is in front of the valve. Other than that, I do all the rest when installing a 'normal' tube'

This.

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jezza666 [24 posts] 2 years ago
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Need long valves - any ideas - I have tried a valve extender but it won't fit in the rim and I don't want to drill the hole.....