I think I’ve hit the big time in terms of weight-loss-for-the-euro with my latest payday purchase.
As the tagline says, Tubolitos are ‘not your normal tubes’. First of all, they are not even made of butyl or latex, but something intriguing named thermoplastic elastomer. They had me at ‘thermo’.
I haven’t received the tubes yet, but I’ve done my due diligence. They are supposed to be ‘hard’ and therefore easy to chuck inside a tire. There is virtually no chance of getting a pinch flat from bad installation because of this rigidity, not to mention the orange color that would give away a blob of tube sticking out from the rim.
They are also tiny when rolled up, which will make room for another banana in my pouch.
But these tubes also cost a fortune in tube terms – over €20. I bought three (2 for the bike, 1 for my pocket) and racked up a bill of €72. Luckily it’s a business expense.
But check this out: when compared with the 3 ‘normal’ tubes I use at the moment, I’m going to save a relatively whopping 195 grams. That’s about how much pasta Shoko and I eat for lunch. I’m sure this will end up in a PB on Ventoux my next time up.
And finally, I’ve been told by those in the know that weight lost on stuff that rolls, and in particular the wheel area, is the best kind. It has to do rolling resistance, but that’s as far as I go.
I’ll get these tubes in a week and try them out when the rain stops. If worse comes to worst and they do nothing for my segment times, at least the stem color will go with 44|5’s logo.