Cheapest Online Store For Bike Tubes

I tend to get a lot of flats and regularly buying individual tubes from local stores gets to be expensive. Online you can pretty easily get tubes for 30-70% cheaper than physical stores. I’ve searched fairly extensively to try and find the cheapest tubes available online.

The best option seems to be JensonUSA. The offer a range of Duro tubes for both road and mountain bikes. They come in three versions:

  • Presta valve road tubes
  • Presta valve mountain tubes
  • Schrader valve mountain tubes

Each version comes is offered in various sizes and valve lengths, so odds are good that JensonUSA will have something that works for you. Each tube is only $2.99. Free shipping kicks in at $50, so an order of 17 tubes will ship free. Alternatively, you could buy a few tubes and something else to qualify for free shipping.

PricePoint sells tubes under its name starting at $3.50 for a basic 26″ mountain bike tube. Depending on the type and size of the tube, it’ll cost somewhere between $3.50 and $6 at the moment.

Nashbar sells its own brand of tubes, most for $4.79. These are also available in many types and sizes. Shipping is free on orders over $49, so an  order of 11 or more tubes will ship free.

Amazon is usually a favorite of mine for bike accessories and other small bike related gear. However, it isn’t fantastic for tubes. They have a huge range of brands and sizes available, but prices usually range from $6-$13 per tube. If you have Amazon Prime, you can get these tubes with free two day shipping, which could be a major perk if you need them quickly. I’ve probably bought about 10 tubes from Amazon over the years. My experience has been good, but I don’t plan to use them for tubes again now that I’ve bought in bulk from Jenson.

All in all, JensonUSA seems like the clear winner for cheap decent quality inner tubes. At local stores, I pay anywhere from $4.50 to $10 for a tube. Getting them for $3 a piece feels like a great deal. One thing to note is that Jenson’s tubes just come wrapped in a rubber band. I see that as a convenience, but if you like having the cardboard box, you may want to consider the other options.

Feel free to comment below if you have any other suggestions related to bike tubes!