So, I have seen some discussion on the forum about not leaving spare tubes folded up because they weaken at the folds and can fail.
So my question is, how do you store your spare tubes? Do you inflate them just enough so that they hold their shape, then hang them up somewhere?
I'm just a newbie looking for ideas, thanks!
I have put nearly all of my spare tubes in tires and on rims. I believe they will last much longer there. I don't know a good way to carry a spare tube in the car, but they do seem to degrade on the folds. Some off the older tubes seem to resist the fold problem better than some of the newer ones. Some tubes don't like to take a patch. They are not all the same.
Mine are stacked on a shelf with just enough air in them to keep them round.
I put air in them and put them on a shelf with spare tires and wheels.
I had lots of new old stock tubes still in their bags waiting to be used. When the time came, I found they had all perished at the folds. I went to the local tip, and got a couple of rusty old wheels with bald tires that yielded their tubes. They were in great condition!
On the early cars I keep a tube and flap in each spare tire that I carry on the running board. I keep the tubes lightly inflated which helps to keep the tire casings in shape as well.
I had about 30 N.O.S. tubes.
Where the bags were open, and the air could hit them they were also cracked in the folds.
But where they were sealed, in the box or in bags they were good as new.
I lost at least 10 packages of tubes due to them drying and cracking at the folds. They were stored by a previous owner. I will never leave them in the bags ever again.
I store my tires and tubes under the house. It is cool and out of the sun. Store the tubes with a little air in them. Sun and heat are the worst enemy of the tires and tubes. Anywhere that is cool and a little damp and dark is good for the rubber. Do not lay on the dirt. Most of the time it will not hurt them but they get messy. I have tires and tubes under there that Ive had 20 plus years and still look like the day I put them there. Tires and tubes may be like cigars. My area under the hose is like a Cigar Humidore for rubber .??
I have never seen a tube that will last when left folded. Some will last longer than others, but eventually, all will crack at the folds. I learned this 50+ years ago. Storing them inflated is by far the best way to go. JMHO Dave
Just for interest, storing tubes in mounted tyres would seem to be the way to go. I bought a pair of Hayes rims with new old stock Goodyear tyres mounted on them. The tyres were so hard that if I dropped them they would break!!
The tubes had as new metal stems, so I carefully levered the tyres away from the beads and cut them off the rims, to reveal two as new thick red rubber tubes which had never been punctured. They are both in service on my 1917 shooting brake and never need any inflating between use.
I have no idea how old they are, but they were certainly well protected and preserved.
Allan from down under.
Wow ! Interesting story Allan. A shooting brake still running on red rubber tubes!
I think heat adversely affects inner tubes. Consequently I open the plastic bags they come in and dump talcum powder in -close the bags- and store the folded tubes in the closet of our spare bedroom where they enjoy CA/CH.
. . . what the hell is a shooting brake?
George, if you Google shooting brake, Wickepedia will how you what a shooting brake is. Mine has the seats down the side as described, rather than across the car as is usual in a station waggon.
Allan from down under.
Here's a definition of the "Shooting brake" term: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shooting-brake
And here's a thread with pictures of Allan's car: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/312165.html?1348035431
by the way, I'm also storing my tubes slightly inflated on a dark shelf to avoid cracks in the folds.
George -- I recommend that you unfold your tubes, while they will still hold air.
Thanks all for the advice, I unfolded my spare tube and (gasp) flap, inflated the tube just enough to hold its shape, wrapped the flap around the bottom of the tube in the position it would fit once installed, and set the combination on top of my two old spare rims & tires in my basement.