or Connect
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Off-Season Sports & The Lighter Side › Cycling › Tire tube "slime" products?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Tire tube "slime" products?

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 

The folks over at Sports Chalet in Rocklin, Calif work on my family bikes and keep us all on the road. They have recently suggested that I would have a lot less flat repair to sort out if I would install Slime tire tube sealant in all my bike tubes. What say you? Thanks...

post #2 of 14

What kind of riding? What kind of bikes?

 

Do the flats come in waves (e.g., three on the same wheel on the same bike within a week)? If so, it usually means there is a root cause that you are not finding when you change the tube - e.g., glass fragment in the tire, spoke poking through the rim strip, etc.

 

Are you getting a lot of pinch flats? If so, bump up the pressure.

 

How often do you check your tire pressure? (Hint: You need to do this every single ride.)

 

This probably going to be received as the predictable EpicSki purist response, but I say something else is wrong if you're getting a ton of flats. Putting Slime in your tubes is like fixing a boot problem by wearing two extra pairs of socks. It may get you through the day but you're not doing yourself any favors in the long run by using it as a standard M.O. Heavy, messy, potential for unbalanced wheels, expense, etc.

 

If you are all riding mountain bikes on singletrack and getting a lot of thorn punctures or something, then recommend you go full-Monty tubeless with the glop of your choice. (Stan's works for me.) Otherwise, something is fishy. My two cents.

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

What kind of riding? What kind of bikes?

 

Do the flats come in waves (e.g., three on the same wheel on the same bike within a week)? If so, it usually means there is a root cause that you are not finding when you change the tube - e.g., glass fragment in the tire, spoke poking through the rim strip, etc.

 

Are you getting a lot of pinch flats? If so, bump up the pressure.

 

How often do you check your tire pressure? (Hint: You need to do this every single ride.)

 

This probably going to be received as the predictable EpicSki purist response, but I say something else is wrong if you're getting a ton of flats. Putting Slime in your tubes is like fixing a boot problem by wearing two extra pairs of socks. It may get you through the day but you're not doing yourself any favors in the long run by using it as a standard M.O. Heavy, messy, potential for unbalanced wheels, expense, etc.

 

If you are all riding mountain bikes on singletrack and getting a lot of thorn punctures or something, then recommend you go full-Monty tubeless with the glop of your choice. (Stan's works for me.) Otherwise, something is fishy. My two cents.


They tell me these are mostly thorn punctures; summertime riding...

post #4 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by GaryO View Post
 
 


They tell me these are mostly thorn punctures; summertime riding...

 

Smooth - tread roadie tires?    You're better off with old-school tire scrapers than slime.     Do you get goatheads?

Get better tires.

 

post #5 of 14
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post
 

 

Smooth - tread roadie tires?    You're better off with old-school tire scrapers than slime.     Do you get goatheads?

Get better tires.

 


I'm beginning to be sorry I asked...I'm out

post #6 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by GaryO View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by cantunamunch View Post

 

Smooth - tread roadie tires?    You're better off with old-school tire scrapers than slime.     Do you get goatheads?


Get better tires.


 


I'm beginning to be sorry I asked...I'm out

Why are you out? You asked for input. We are asking more questions so that we can give you the best input and you are not answering them. Meanwhile we're giving it our best shot on what we have to go on.

Edit: Here's your answer: No.
post #7 of 14

Get slime tubes.

post #8 of 14

Said the shop guy who knows how to read a customer.

post #9 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

Said the shop guy who knows how to read a customer.

 

The customer doesn't change his own flats. I have all of my bikes tubeless, but somehow I don't think the OP is interested in converting his bikes to tubeless. If he lives in goathead country slime tubes might be all he needs maybe his LBS knows what works there. I've personally never used or even sold one.

post #10 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by epic View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post
 

Said the shop guy who knows how to read a customer.

 

The customer doesn't change his own flats.

 

Yeh, I got that, but I was hoping he'd noticed what  it was on the road that might cause them.      Glass?  Construction debris?  Automotive accident debris?  Goatheads?   

Better tires work better than slime tubes for long razory sharp things,  and I've got both urban (construction debris) and coastal (oyster shell "gravel" and random crustacean bits) rides I can prove it on.

post #11 of 14

goatheads?

post #12 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by skier_j View Post
 

goatheads?

 

tenacious thorns indigenous to the Southwest

post #13 of 14
Quote:
Originally Posted by epic View Post
 

 

tenacious thorns indigenous to the Southwest

aha I had to look it up!

post #14 of 14

Try one bike - Slime works great for things like thorns.  See how it works and decide based on some data.


Edited by canadianskier - 5/13/14 at 6:16am
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Cycling
EpicSki › The Barking Bear Forums › Off-Season Sports & The Lighter Side › Cycling › Tire tube "slime" products?