All about our innertubes
Buyer's Guide | Innertubes
Do you need a new innertube for your bicycle? We can provide you with any innertube you need. From a tube for your road or mountain bike to your urban, e-bike or even the bicycle of your child. An innertube is always useful. As a spare tube or just when you need to replace the innertube of your bicycle. But when buying an innertube online it can be a struggle to find the correct size. We’ll help you with this.
When selecting the right innertube for you bicycle you need to find some answers first. First thing is to determine what size of innertube you need. When selecting the right size of the innertube, you need to know the size of your wheel in mm, the ETRTO-size or the size in Inches ("). On our innertubes you will find all these measurement methods.
Size - ETRTO ( Industrial )
The European Tyre and Rim Technical Organisation (ETRTO) is an international institute which standardizes the sizes of tires. The ETRTO sizes are very precise because the sizes are based on the diameter of the rim instead of the outer tire. Een example could be 42-622. The first number here stands for the width and height of the tire in mm and the second number for the diameter of the rim in mm.
Which innertube fits my tire?
Once you know the ETRTO-code of your tire you can determine the size of innertube you need. Because innertubes are very stretchable they can always fit a range of widths and sometimes even wheel diameters. Some tubes will display 28-622/630 or even 20/28-622/630. These numbers show a range of rim diameters and tire widths in which the innertube will fit.
Size - MM ( Race )
This measurement looks a lot like the ETRTO sizes but are only used for road cycling nowadays. Just as the ETRTO system the diameter of the rim is used. For example 700 X 25C could be a size. The first number is the diameter from the outer tire in mm and the second number is the width of the tire in mm.
Size - Inch (") ( MTB )
The classic method is to measure in inches. This is nowadays almost solely used in the MTB world and USA. This is how it works: the size is made up of two or three elements. Always think of the wheel diameter and the width of the tire. Sometimes a third is used and that would be the height of the tire. An example of this could be 28X1½ or 28x1½x1¾. The first number is an old measurement of the outside diameter of the tire. The second number is the width of the tire and the third number is the height of the tire.
Innertubes are mainly made of one of two different rubber materials. You can use either natural latex rubber or synthetic Butyl rubber. At BBB Cycling all our innertubes are made of Butyl rubber. Butyl rubber tubes don't leak as much air as their latex counterparts. Butyl innertubes have become lighter over the years and there are even ultralight Butyl tires on the market. But they still don't leak as much air as the latex tubes. We have two variants in our innertube assortment. This way you are able to choose for a normal tube or a superlite one.
When you know the right size for your new innertube you have to select the valve type you need. Every innertube has a valve through which you inflate your innertube. A Dunlop, Schräder or Presta valve, all with their own pro’s and con’s..
Presta valve / FV
For the Presta valve (also known as French valve) we use the shortcut FV. This type of valve is mainly used on road and touring bikes. An innertube with this type of valve is suitable for high pressures. When inflating an innertube with this valve you need to open the valve by unscrewing the nipple on top.
Available in: 33 mm, 48 mm, 60 mm and 80 mm lengths. R - Removable valve for use with extenders.
Schräder valve / AV
For the Schräder valve (also known as Automotive valve) we use the shortcut AV. An innertube with this type of valve is mainly used on cars. The type of bikes that make use of these valves are mountain bikes and other kinds of bikes with wide tires. This type of valve makes it easy to inflate your tube at a gas station without any use of extenders.
Available in: 33 mm, 48 mm, 60 mm and 80 mm lengths.
Dunlop valve / DV
For the Dunlop valve (also known as Dutch valve) we use the shortcut DV. This type of valve is known for its wide usage in the Netherlands. All urban bicycles and e-bikes in the Netherlands (and other countries) use this kind of valve. You can use any floor pump to inflate innertubes with this valve.
Available in: 31 mm and 40 mm lengths. BV - Bent Valve.