Would Switching to Slime Tubes Prevent Pinch Flats?
Since switching to 700c x 25 tires a few weeks ago, I've been plagued with pinch flats. I'm 6'2-6'3 and about 240 lbs. Some people on this forum suggested pumping my tires to the maximum pressure each morning, and this has been very successful at preventing flats. Unfortunately, I got another pinch flat this morning. The roads I ride on aren't the best, but I didn't strike any large potholes or anthing like that.
My question is this: would slime tubes go a long way towards fixing my problem? The pinch flats I get are so small, and I'm thinking that slime tubes would be just the thing to seal them up.
What does everyone think? Would switching from standard tubes to slimes solve my problems, or is it not that easy?
Are you sure it's snake bite?
I have ridden 20mm tires at 200+ and never had any problems. If you are hitting large pot-holes or sharp-edges surfaces, then yes, I could see a problem. At 200+ you can't hit square-edges objects hard.
Things I would check:
- air pressure. Is your gauge reliable? Are your tires rock-hard to thumb pressure at 100+ psi?
- Are your tubes fresh?
- Is your rim-strip covering the nipples holes?
- do you have any debris embedded in your tire?
- are you orientating your tires on the rim in the exact same spot so you can tell if the hole is coming from the exact same spot in regard to the rim/tire each time?
I don't think that Slime is really the solution to your problem, only a band-aid to mask it.
hard to say....