WILL YOUR SPARE HOLD AIR?
Straight Talk About Frame Straps
A frame strap is a great way to carry gear on your mountain bike. Moving gear from a backpack or hip pack to your frame lowers your center of gravity, increasing stability while decreasing pressure on your derriere.
Using a frame strap can free up space in other packs, making room for more stuff… like food! Saddle-mounted bags are often incompatible with dropper posts. Their seatpost straps can interfere with dropper function, or even damage seals, and if you blow through your bike’s suspension travel with the saddle down (who doesn’t?) your pack may get damaged from buzzing the rear tire.
It’s always smart to have a backup inner tube with you, even if you’re running tubeless. When all else fails, a spare tube can mean the difference between walking and riding. If you haven’t needed to use your spare tube in a long time, you may be unpleasantly surprised to find that it no longer holds air. An inner tube strapped to a frame with even a little bit of exposure may have a hole from a crash, or may have developed cracks from UV rays. Or maybe it’s covered in grit, which can drill a hole in a tube after it’s been installed in a tire.
Biketube Brand’s TubeSock is cheap insurance that your spare will be mint when you need it most. Made from elastic abrasion-resistant material, it’s sized perfectly to keep mountain bike tubes compact and protected. There’s even room to stuff levers and other non-abrasive gear inside.
Don’t be the RIDER whose spare won’t hold air!