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What bicycle tire tubing to buy?

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself - DIY' started by Texasguy, Mar 2, 2013.

  1. RJP

    RJP Scuba Media & Publications

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    Don't BUY them. Just go to a bike shop, tell 'em you're a diver and what you want them for, and ask for some mountain bike tubes from their garbage. They will happily supply you with some.
     
  2. j2s

    j2s Loggerhead Turtle

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    Motorcycle/ATV shops or places that repair riding mowers/wheel barrels may also carry old/worn or new inner tubes.......You can take a piece of webbing in and see how it fits........
     
  3. Texasguy

    Texasguy Solo Diver

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    You are wrong, I did not skip math. Though I did skip on English 1st through 8th grades.
     
  4. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I knew what you meant.
     
  5. KWS

    KWS ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hey Texas.

    I did the same thing wen i waas looking for tube for the harness to hold spare lights. i just opened the box in the store. i cut some spares and tossed the tube so i cant look and tell you what i got. If i remember the tube size onthe box is teh deflated size. I also got the large tube. 26" tire to avoid the problem with the cut sleve tryig to turn. I think i got a 1 3/4 or a 2" tube.

    Hope this helps. I took a piece of the web belt into the store with me to measure.
     
  6. Texasguy

    Texasguy Solo Diver

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    Do they sell tires cut to size? :)
     
  7. JohnN

    JohnN Solo Diver

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    You still got more schoolin' than Rick Perry :D
     
  8. purbeast

    purbeast Barracuda

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    I realize this is a very old thread, but I am wondering exactly what size of bike tubing to look for to make belt loops on my 2" harness on my BP/W setup.

    From the research I did I saw a previous post saying 26x1.75-2.35 however I did not see any sizes that met that.

    I'm looking to make loops as close as possible to this here:

    DGX Hogarthian EPDM Loop For 2-Inch Webbing | Dive Gear Express®

    I have one of those but want to make a few more for my crotch strap excess as well as just have some backups, so looking to get something that will be comparable to those since those fit perfectly.
     
  9. purbeast

    purbeast Barracuda

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    I actually went to a bike store yesterday and just asked if they had any busted tubes and they gave me about 6 of them, 2 of them being the right size. I cut some strips out of one of em and it ended up working perfect. No idea what the actual size is but I have more than enough now lol.
     
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  10. rsingler

    rsingler Scuba Instructor, Tinkerer in Brass Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    It's the part after the "x" that matters.
    I like at least 2.3" "size" though it doesn't mean what some have suggested. It's not pi x diameter for the circumference of that sized inner tube. The "size" refers to the type of tire it goes with. The inner tube will be smaller. A 26" x 2.3" inner tube will slide on webbing okay, but will be a tough stretch over a backup flashlight. Unfortunately, getting a 3" balloon tire inner tube may be too loose to grab what you're storing.
    For that reason I actually DO go to Wal-Mart. Their cheap Chinese inner tubes are thin enough to stretch better than the thicker rubber in more expensive tubes.
     

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