Michelin innertubes worth the price?

On Sat, 12 Jun 2004 00:52:03 -0400, "Bruce W.1" <[email protected]>
may have said:

>Michelin makes a latex innertube, for slightly more than
>double the price of a generic innertube.
>Is it worth it?

Not to me. You must decide if it's worth it for you.

> It's thinner, lighter, more flexible and all that. But is
> it any more puncture resistant than a plain old rubber
> innertube?

Demonstrably not.

>Would one stand less of a chance of getting a flat with
>this innertube?


Latex tubes also leak at a higher natural rate than butyl
tubes. For the rider whose usage is not daily, I consider
them a poor choice since they increase the likelihood that
the tire will be low or flat when the bike is next ridden.
For the daily rider and/or for one who does proper preflight
checkls and maintenance, it's just a matter of an increase
in reinflation frequency; not a big drawback there in my

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