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Old 03-13-06, 04:23 AM   #1
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slime really works

I've been reading pro's and cons of slime, and I've heard some saying it works and others saying it doesn't. Well, I decided to put it to the test myself. I filled a tube with some slime, added some air, and spun it around to get the slime in the tube. I then took a fairly thick sewing needle, and starting poking the hell out of it. Green liquid starting pouring out all over the tube. I spun the tube real quick, and sure enough, the leaking stopped. Good stuff! I then took the same needle, shoved it in the tube agin, and moved it around to get a decent size hole. Slime started coming out, I spun the tube real quick, and the leak stopped. I'm impressed. For those in doubt, and tired of flats from thorns, slime works
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Old 03-13-06, 12:20 PM   #2
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but its soooooo messy/heavy
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Old 03-13-06, 12:31 PM   #3
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but its soooooo messy/heavy

Unless you're racing, why worry about the weight? And as far as the mess, if you do it right, it's not that bad. When I'm done, I only have a paper towel with a couple of green spots on it. I'd rather be able to enjoy my ride instead of wasting time changing flats on the trail. Everyone has their preference though
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Old 03-13-06, 01:32 PM   #4
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I don't know. I was on a trail yesterday with another kid who used that stuff. Had his tire pop. And the slime got in everything when he took the tube out.
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Old 03-13-06, 05:58 PM   #5
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It may have worked with your test, with no pressure being put on the tube, but I would think that with a 150+lb rider + the wight on a bike, it might not work as well. I haven't used Slime, so I could be out with the stars. I stick with the RinoLiners.

I've worked on bikes with Slime, and when you deflate the tube, that stuff gets everywhere
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Old 03-13-06, 09:13 PM   #6
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Slime seemed to work relatively well when I tried it a year ago. But it makes a huge mess (apparently it's water soluble, but it gummed up a cheap-o pump I used for it) and I could noticably feel that the wheel wasn't spinning in a balanced fashion.

Someday I'll get a Stan's no-tubes kit and give that a shot, but I'm not trying Slime again.
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but its soooooo messy/heavy

barnyard waste. It ways 4 oz per tire. And it isn't messy at all unless you are a mental midget.
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Old 03-13-06, 11:05 PM   #8
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Anyone have any opinions on kevlar tires? Armadillo tires from Specialized for example?

Better flat protection than slime? Mattp, how do you find the Riniloners? What do they weigh?
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Armadillo tires from Specialized for example?
I have a pair of Specialized Hemisphere Armadillos that I use for commuting (although, I'll admit that I've taken them offroad for some pretty easy excursions once or twice due to laziness). I've only had one puncture flat: a huge goathead that managed to make it through and I did the intelligent (or not) thing and removed it (yes, I was already home when I popped it out, so no problems). They seem to handle glass and thorns relatively well as long as you keep them at a high PSI (50+). They stick in, but don't make it through. That one that made it through was when they were inflated to around 40 PSI (I hadn't reinflated recently).

Refering to the Hemisphere Armadillo specifically, they had a tendency to pick up and throw everything (glass, sand, et cetera) when they were new. I've never been able to get it to seat perfectly (it goes on very easily, but rolls a little less than uniformly no matter what I do to them). The sidewalls seem pretty strong (survived a couple rock encounters), but if you're riding on the road or paved trails that shouldn't come up. They seem to handle small amounts of sand and water pretty well, couldn't handle deeper sand at all (they tend to sink straight down), gravel isn't too big of an issue, and I haven't tried them in the snow or mud. In the Winter I don't ride to work as much as a should, so I can't say how long mine will last.

They're probably a little overpriced straight from Specialized (although the shipping was very reasonable). My nearest Specialized dealer only carries their bikes, unfortunately (Bontrager is their tire brand, uh, hurrah ).
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Anyone have any opinions on kevlar tires? Armadillo tires from Specialized for example?

Better flat protection than slime? Mattp, how do you find the Riniloners? What do they weigh?
They are basically just like :

these

I ran a regular tube+that on a Specialized Hemisphere EX and haven't got a flat in quite some time. On my front I run a Specialized DH tube (pretty heavy) on a Maxxis Ignitor (not that great), and haven't flatted in probably 8 months.
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So given a higher PSI, armadillo tires do what they say they will. That'll be handy when i commute.
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Ive been running slime in my tires for well over a year now. Maybe even two, i cant remember the exact dates.

I haven't had a single flat since i put slime in my tubes, i love the stuff!
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can uhhhh you say pinch flat..

if and when you do get one.. that stuff is all over the inside of your tire..

be prepared to spend some time after the ride to clean the tire out and your tube off and your wheel

and thats if you carry an extra tube.. cuz we all kno that "slime works"
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