fear the Col Sanders
So, my bike says I should use a 23cm tube in my wheel. I went to a bike shop (not my favorite local one) and they had some Bontrager tubes, one was an 18-23 and another was a 23-25.
Does this mean I could use either? Is one preferable to the other?
I hate being so dumb on these things. I can't wait until I know what I'm talking about.
Just because I look dumb doesn't mean I'm not...
Yes, you can use either.
There is a great deal of slop when it comes to manufacturing tubes. You'll find substatial differences between manufactures with tubes labled the same.
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Thanks for the information.
Are there certain brands you are like? Or is that a personal thing like running shoe brands?
Slo is right. One thing to consider is that the smaller size might be a gram or two lighter and result in a half second time savings over 50 miles. In other words you won't notice the difference.
As for me, I usually buy basic tubes ie. Bontrager. You could get thin and more expensive tubes that might save you a few more half seconds.