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:confused: I'm about to replace my tires and while taking out the old ones I've noticed the tube slightly "glued" to the inner face of the tires. I've heared once from a bike mechanic that pourring a little Tulk inside the tire, or slightly coating the tube with it, would prevent a tube from blowing up (due to excessive friction heat with the tire). Does this make any sense?
What do you use when replacing tubes or tires?

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worked for me

i am currently using lunar light tubes 94 grams. when installing i used a bit of baby powder. the tubes and tires went on better than usual and i have not had any problems with any blowouts. i will use it in the tires every chance i get. when taking the tubes out of the tires without baby powder i found they stick. problem solved.
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Just be careful of which baby powder you get.

Much of the baby powder is now cornstarch, not talc. When cornstarch gets wet, it will dissolve (and things will grow in it.)

As a side note - is there anywhere to get unscented talc?
 

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Some baby powder on the tubes is a good idea. It keeps the tube from sticking to the tire an helps prevent the tube from friction damage. I usually put my spare tubes in a sandwich bag ready for installation.
 

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completely makes sense...been using talcum powder in my dirtbike for years now.

it allows the inner tube to move a little within the tire...need this relaxation
 

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A long time ago, I used powdered graphite instead of talcum powder. It had the advantage of retaining it slickness even after water has gotten into the wheels (e.g. from stream crossings). The problem was that it retained its slickness too well. You will never get a patch to stick to the tube after a flat :D
 

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Lost81 said:
A long time ago, I used powdered graphite instead of talcum powder. It had the advantage of retaining it slickness even after water has gotten into the wheels (e.g. from stream crossings). The problem was that it retained its slickness too well. You will never get a patch to stick to the tube after a flat :D
And it will grow old on you as it's freaking difficult to wash off your hands...
 

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Denisovich said:
Just be careful of which baby powder you get.

Much of the baby powder is now cornstarch, not talc. When cornstarch gets wet, it will dissolve (and things will grow in it.)

As a side note - is there anywhere to get unscented talc?
Baby/talcum powder's not a good thing to breathe in (you're actually not supposed to use it on babies for that reason). I use straight Corn Starch, have had no difficulties whatsoever with exposure to wet.
 
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