Replacing You Bicycles Tires Inner Tubes | When & How Often Should I Do This

How Often Should My Bicycle Tires Inner Tubing Be Replaced/Changed?

Generally speaking your recommended to change the inner tubing on your bicycle tires every 3 to 5 years, to be on the safe side. However this will greatly depend on the condition and quality of your existing inner tubing that you currently have

Changing the inner tubing on your bicycle tires every 3 to 5 years is merely a recommended safe time frame, however if your inner tubing is 3 to 5 years old, has been working absolutely fine up to now and has no patches, or a small number of patches on it, then there is no need to replace a perfectly good working inner tubing

Always exercise a little bit of common sense to your own personal circumstance, if your inner tubing is giving you a lot of bother then it’s possibly time for a change. Inner tubing, depending on the quality and daily maintenance can typically last 5+ years without giving you any trouble, if it is probably looked after and made out of good quality material

If you have decided to replace or change your inner tubing, it’s always recommended that you use a good quality inner tubing. This is likely to last many more years than a cheaper alternative and give you less issues regarding the patching in the future    

How Long Do Inner Tubes Typically Last?

The inner tubes on your bicycle tires are able to last many years without dry rotting, cracking, or losing structural integrity. Inner tubes can typically last 5+ years without giving you any trouble, if installed and maintained properly 

If you have experienced issues with your inner tubing on a regular basis, then a common problem may be that the installation of the inner tube. If the inner tubing was installed incorrectly then this could well be the root cause of the problem. A poor job at installing the inner tube can sometimes pinch and stress the inner tubing causing to lose air and flatten. Additionally it may well be the quality of the inner tubing (the quality of the material the inner tubing is made out of) as well 

What Size Of Inner Tube Do My Bicycle Tires Need?

Choosing the right inner tubes for your bicycle tires is pretty straightforward and simple, when buying a new inner tube, it will state the inner tubes tire size requirements. It will state a required bicycle tire wheel diameter and width requirement for the inner tube. Additionally you have to take note of the size on your bicycle tire to make sure they both match up (bicycle tire size + inner tubes tire size requirements)

An example of size requirements on an inner tubing could be the following, 25 x 1.80-2.125, you would interpret this information like this: 25 is referring to the bicycle tire width, in this case it would be a 25 inch tire size. The 1.80 is referring to the width of the bicycle tires, this would mean that inner tube would be suitable for a tire width between 1.80 to 2.125 inch. As long as your bicycle tire matches up to those requirements than your inner tubing will fit perfectly fine

How Much Are Inner Tubes?

Inner tubes come in all sorts of different sizes and for different bicycles tires types (mountain bike tires, road bike tires), however the price ranges are pretty consistent between them all. Typically inner tubes cost between £2 all the way up to £10 (max)

Should I Change/Replace The Inner Tubing When Buying A New Bicycle Tire?

The answer to this question greatly depends, it depends on the age and condition of the existing inner tubing that you have. If the inner tubing is working fine, giving you no issues and does not show any signs of dry rotting, cracking, or losing any structural integrity then I would just replace the bicycle tire

If the inner tubing have several patches, then I would consider changing the inner tubing. Having more than 4 previous puncture patches on the inner tubing is a good indicator that it’s time for a change, especially when buying a brand new tire. An extra little tip would be to change the rim strip/tape when getting a new bicycle tire, this can save you getting any flats on your inner tubing later down the line 

Many large bicycle tire companies with often tell you to change the inner tubing everytime you change/buy a new bicycle tyre, which is good advice, however keep in mind that’s what these companies ultimately want, more sales and more money from people like you and me

How Often Should I Use Inner Tube Sealant Liquid?

Typically inner tube sealants are designed to prevent and repair punctures up to 3mm, the inner tube sealant (liquid) inside the tire coats the tread area as the tire rotates finding the puncture hole and sealing it preventing any further punctures. You should only use more inner tube sealant if you have another puncture on your bicycle tire, otherwise you do not need to use anymore inner tube sealant on your bicycle tire

Avoid using an inner tube sealant too often as the build up of sealant fluid can coagulation inside of the bicycle tire, which is the process of a liquid changing to a solid or semi-solid state. This coagulation process of the inner tube sealant can result in deforming the shape of the bicycle tire. Regular use of the bicycle can counter this effect as the bicycle tire is spinning round and not left in a stationary position to allow the coagulation process to happen

Some of the inner tube sealants have a recommended manufacturer usage of every 6 months, and some may vary on the recommended time lengths and daily use. However, you’ll want to keep in mind your own personal circumstance and situation with your own bicycle, if your bicycles inner tube is working fine and you have no punctures, then don’t use an inner tube sealant. However if your inner tube is on the ropes (that is to say 1-3 years old), it may be worth your while to give a boost in protection to the inner tubing   

How Do I Insert & Use An Inner Tube Sealant Liquid?

Nowadays there are easy ways to insert an inner tubing sealant into the inner tubing with absolute ease, some of the main manufacturer/brands of inner tubing sealant have a built in system to do so

Slime, which is a leading inner tubing sealant manufacturer/brand have a built in insertion process on the lid of the bottle, the lid acts as a screable attachment to the bicycle tires air valve, this allows you to effortly inject and insert the inner tubing sealant  

Another option is to use a short plastic tubing (usually provided) that is the same width as the bicycle tires air valve, you simply attach it onto the air valve and squeeze the bottle contents of sealant into the tire valve and inner tubing  

I hope you enjoyed this article and if you have anything to add, then leave a comment down below. All of the information has been thoroughly researched and I have plenty of real world experience on this issue to add as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy!

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