A motorcycle tire hardly functions without the inner tube, unless it is a rare tubeless tire. An inner tube refers to the balloon like structure that is present inside the tire. It can be both deflated and inflated with the help of a valve. The Inner Tubes are basically your air cushion. When it is inflated underneath the tire, it delivers you with a safe and comfortable ride. However, with so many tire and wheel sizes out there, it can be daunting to identify the one that would be appropriate for your bike.
To find out, make sure that the tube fits the tire perfectly to avoid any kind of pinching or overstretching, as both the instances probably would cause punctures. Also, the material of the Inner Tubes needs to be suitable for your riding style. If you’re taking part in any time trial or road race, then the weight requires consideration, or else, if you’re up for mountain biking then puncture protection tops the chart of priority. Inner tubes are available in several sizes and come in primarily two types of main valve. Their size is dependent on the wheel’s circumference as well as the tire’s width and vary accordingly. Now the circumference or diameter of the wheel vary depending on the type of your bike, i.e. whether it is a touring bike, road bike, child’s bike or mountain bike. Apart from this, there are several sub divisions as well; the options are in abundance.
The tire width also adds up to the variety – narrow road tires, wide road tires, downhill mountain wide bike tires, etc. If you get the wrong size of the Tire Tubes, you would be in trouble. In order to understand the size of the inner tube that would best suit your bike, two observations are required to be made. First, the tire sidewalls and second, the bike’s specifications. The marking on the tire sidewall would enable you to identify the diameter as well as the width of your bike tire. Also, the specifications as mentioned in the product package of the bike would help you to identify the type of Inner tubes suitable for your bike.
The Tire Tubes are primarily available in two types of material –butyl rubber tubes and latex rubber tubes. The former is often considered a readily available and cheap form of replacement. They are resistant and strong and are also available in lightweight versions. The latex rubber Inner tubes are more flexible when compared with butyl rubber tubes and they are quick to adapt to the changing shape of the tire. They usually have thinner wall, offering weight savings. Also, it has been found that they have comparatively low rolling resistance which makes them faster.
If you want to protect the Tire Tubes from punctures, then you can use the proper sealant. All you need to do is pour the sealant inside the inner tube and it would quickly seal the small holes by forming a clot over it once it dries up.