Tubes Slime fix a flat???

Discussion in 'Bicycle Repair' started by lsoult, May 16, 2011.

  1. lsoult

    lsoult Member

    Since I never changed a tube in my life, I can't really see myself changing one on the side of the road when I'm trying not to be late for work. Anybody know anything about SLIME tire sealent they sell at wally? Im thinking about adding it to my on-board tool kit. Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

  2. Al.Fisherman

    Al.Fisherman Active Member

    Emergency it'll be ok, but I wouldn't use it if I had the time for a proper fix. That junk makes such a mess. JMO
  3. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    I have good lock with slime. Not everybody does.
  4. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

  5. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    Slime is a good product. It works as claimed... and then some.

    Here, where we have goat's head's, puncture vines, whatever you wanna call that plague, it is superior to a brand new tube.

  6. Oddzball

    Oddzball Member

    Goats heads? You dont happen to live in arizona do ya? That would be kinda funny.
  7. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

    A full on slime proofed wheel will cost you about 20 bucks a wheel. That's splitting a 10 dollar bottle of slime between two tires, getting a pair of tire liners, and getting double thick tubes.

    I use Amerityre solid one piece tires. Costs 21 bucks a piece and I haven't had a flat in 2 years.
  8. lsoult

    lsoult Member

    Sorry i didnt 'search before posting' but I was on my android phone and the search field dosent work... It get frustrating. Thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
  9. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    once you put slime in a tube, you will not be able to get all of the air back out of it (like to deflate the tube to replace the tire). the slime will clog up the valve stem making it almost impossible to get it flat enough to remove the tire from the rim.
  10. Gnildir

    Gnildir New Member

    Hey Psycho, do you know what a tire valve tool is? You can get one really cheap from a tire shop. Just ask them to make you one.. There's those valve-caps with the tool on it, just super-glue it on an old car valve-stem, and viola, you got yourself a tire valve tool. It's really handy as some tire valves can go bad, so I would just change them out... It takes me a few seconds to do it. Oh, when you are removing a valve out of an inflated tire with slime in it, be sure to position the valve so it's up, otherwise, you will get a good coating of slime all over yourself and your bike.
  11. wheelbender6

    wheelbender6 Well-Known Member

    The slime does clog the valve after a while. However, you can fix that at home, rather than on the side of the road. To me it's worth it to avoid roadside tube changes. To each his own.
  12. darwin

    darwin Well-Known Member

    Tire liners, thorn resistant tubes and kevlar tires and your good to go. For FD it beefs up the rear for better traction as a plus.
  13. lsoult

    lsoult Member

    I like the idea of solid tires but it sounds heavy. I didnt even know they make kevlar ones. I guess if there's a market there'll always be people coming up with things to sell you.
  14. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    There's at least some kind of trade-off with just about anything you do. :)
  15. DuctTapedGoat

    DuctTapedGoat Active Member

    The kevlar compound tires are made by Armadillo, I ran them the first week the hit the shelves a few years back - they are epicly awesome. Technically, I ran those with tire liners and double thick tubes - but the point is, they were great and I never got a flat.

    I've been on my tires for two years - there's no drag as they are a very solid core, but they aren't as heavy as you would think. I've seen solid tubes that are much heavier, have a lot of drag - and that's before you add the outside tire weight.

    I was checking this product out, and if I go aired tires again I will at least try it. This is similar to how Kevlar was marketed - the guy would actually get shot to prove it worked. Which leads me to remember that I still have to take a .22 to my tire to show how much I swear by them.
  16. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    Tnx Goat!

    I will look for that armadillo you advise.

    ...u can use my 9 ! LOL
  17. motorpsycho

    motorpsycho Active Member

    yes i do know what a tire valve tool's actually called a valve core remover.
    i disagree tho because even when you remove the valve core the slime will still clog up the valve stem because it's so thick and gooey.
    My friend put slime in one of his tubes and the air would not come back out of the tube even with the valve core removed. we ended up getting one side of the tire bead off the rim and we cut the tube in half to get it out of the tire so we could replace the tire.
    what's wrong with a good old rubber patch kit?
    heck, tubes are dirt cheap...just buy a couple and replace it when you get a flat.
    to me, this would be less work that wrestling with a tube filled with slime.
    I hate that stuff!
  18. lsoult

    lsoult Member

    Wow... that stans stuff is pretty impressive.
  19. rustycase

    rustycase New Member

    I spent abt an hour picking goat's head from a tire and it's tube yesterday. It's gonna take three patches, that I can see... Roughly 50cents apiece for them.

    I'm a real tightwad and probably won't ever drop $25 plus shipping for a quart of Stan's product even though it could resolve the problem I'm dealing with for up to 16 tubes.

    (Can't fix stoopid!)

    Has anyone reviewed the MSDS for those products?
    They have GOT to post it, by law.
    (Oops! Sry, that's politics I've been warned not to talk abt here.)

    Anyhow, WHAT are the key ingredients which might be found under the kitchen sink that could accomplish nearly the same goal ?

  20. lsoult

    lsoult Member