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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 09-04-2019, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Front, back or both tubes on a tour?

I heard somewhere that if you take one spare tube, it should be the front one because in an emergency it can be used to replace the rear tube. Is this true?
If so, what is the down side of this? Do you need to get the right tube in ASAP i.e. this is really only an desperate emergency fix.
If not, then I guess one of each is recommended on a tour.

My mechanic told me that the back one is the one you should take if you only take only one.
His reasoning is that the front one is far more readily available. I am in Europe and intend for a trip in Italy, so this could be a regional thing.

Can anyone comment on this

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I heard somewhere that if you take one spare tube, it should be the front one because in an emergency it can be used to replace the rear tube. Is this true?
If so, what is the down side of this? Do you need to get the right tube in ASAP i.e. this is really only an desperate emergency fix.
If not, then I guess one of each is recommended on a tour.

My mechanic told me that the back one is the one you should take if you only take only one.
His reasoning is that the front one is far more readily available. I am in Europe and intend for a trip in Italy, so this could be a regional thing.

Can anyone comment on this

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I carry a front because it can go in the rear. I'll always patch a tube if I'm able and have never actually had to use a new tube on the road. Also the rear tubes take up a lot of space and weigh a ton.

My advice is to do whatever gives you the most piece of mind.
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I did 3m tubeless conversion, so in best case scenario I put in a plug, inflate with portable compressor and continue on my way. On extended trips I carry a front tube and tire irons in case tire bead comes off and I cant get it to re-seat. Not as worried about rear bead but I could stuff the front tube into rear tire and limp back to civilization if necessary. If you are staying with tubes, bring a patch kit and a spare front tube is my recommendation (it's what I did before going tubeless). If you are really going off the beaten path bring patches and both front and rear
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Let me point put that a front tyre puncture is a very rare thing - it only happened to me once in almost 40 years of motorbiking, and I know this is also the case with most riders. I personally take both inner tubes with me as if I put the 21" in the back then I will need to change it soon with an 18" and prefer to avoid that.
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Let me point put that a front tyre puncture is a very rare thing - it only happened to me once in almost 40 years of motorbiking, and I know this is also the case with most riders. I personally take both inner tubes with me as if I put the 21" in the back then I will need to change it soon with an 18" and prefer to avoid that.
Just returned to a tubed bike about 2 and a half years ago and have had 3 punctures in the front in that time, go figure. Do almost no offroad
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Let me point put that a front tyre puncture is a very rare thing - it only happened to me once in almost 40 years of motorbiking, and I know this is also the case with most riders. I personally take both inner tubes with me as if I put the 21" in the back then I will need to change it soon with an 18" and prefer to avoid that.
that was my thinking. Maybe it is possible to do the 21" tube in a 18" wheel, but I imagine this is not a good idea to keep riding on it.
The folds would create a lot of friction points, also the folds may represent balancing problems on a highway.

Never heard of anyone actually doing this though. Would love to hear in this thread of anyone who has actually done this.

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Just returned to a tubed bike about 2 and a half years ago and have had 3 punctures in the front in that time, go figure. Do almost no offroad
What objects caused these punctures?

I've had many rear punctures, no front. I've read that the front tire stands the object up so it punctures the rear. Obviously that applies to some things and not others.
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I’ve had a run of bad luck and have had three flat front tires in four months, all on my ATAS. Prior to that, had two rear tubes go out on my KLR over the 9 seasons I had it.

On one of the three front flats, I did use a rear 18” tube and stretched it (very carefully). It was a short day ride and made the mistake of thinking I didn’t need all the gear I normally take.

Either way, on a longer tour I will have both front and back tubes. I tend to go to remote areas and have learned the need to be prepared for anything.

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I l carry both, front tube under rear seat, rear tube under front seat 👍💯
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