Updated August 29, 2019 by Joseph Perry

The 10 Best Bike Inner Tubes

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This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in January of 2018. Whether you’re a professional cyclist or just occasionally like to take your beach cruiser out for a ride, the appropriate inner tube for your tires can make a huge difference. Keep your journey smooth and safe with something from our carefully curated list that ranges from affordable essentials through to self-sealing and puncture-resistant options great for daily commuters. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best bike inner tube on Amazon.

10. Michelin Ultralight

9. Venzo VTB

8. Vittoria PV

7. Foss Environmentally Friendly

6. Mongoose MG78253-6

5. Sunlite Thorn Resistant

4. Bell Universal

3. Schwalbe SV13

2. Slime Smart

1. Continental MTB

Editor's Notes

August 26, 2019:

No matter where and how you ride, you need some spare inner tubes on hand because you're going to get a flat at some point. Some people never leave on a ride without a spare, and others swear that it takes longer to patch a tube than to simply replace it. That's why having some extras on hand is a good idea--you're always prepared for the inevitable.

You might start with the Venzo VTB, which are high-quality tubes that come in a pack of 10. Or if you've got time trials coming up, you might want to train with the Vittoria PV Latex option, which could very well shave some seconds over the long haul.

In this update, we evaluated products based on quality, value, and reputation among users, and we've included something for everyone--from the die-hard road warrior to riders of fat bikes. We like the Slime Smart as a practical choice for kids and casual riders and gave it one of our top slots. As the name implies, it includes material that seals punctures in real time, greatly decreasing your chances of a flat.


Joseph Perry
Last updated on August 29, 2019 by Joseph Perry

An avid reader and outdoors enthusiast, Joe earned his doctorate in literary studies before making the lateral leap from academia to technical writing. He now lives and works in the inter-mountain West where he creates technical and marketing content, including white papers, solution briefs, and courseware for some of the world’s largest information technology companies. With more than 14 years of experience in the field, he has learned more than he ever thought he would know about such enterprise IT topics as cloud computing, storage, databases, business software, and networking. When he’s not writing about business computing, he can be found outdoors, probably hiking with his family and dog.


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