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    Slime...

    Anyone else use it? It has saved my tires a million times... I now swear by it.

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    I've had one really good experience with it, lasted an entire year on my back wheel.

    I've also had a few where it just didn't work at all, I guess it's really hit and miss with the stuff.

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    Yep. For the mountain bikes, it is the only way to go. It does have a shelf life and needs to be replaced after 8 months of so. It loses it's effectiveness if not.

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    I use the slime tube strips. Haven't had a flat yet.

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    oh so when I get my new wheels I should just replace the tubes too? It's about 5 months in so it should still be good

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    I know there is goopy slime that I hear works well, the tube strips that I think work decently, and the slime tubes which I heard are horrible. If you want to replace the tubes you can.

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    I got the stuff in a bottle... it involves taking out the valve in the stem

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    Been using it in the desert with good success (goat heads). I tryed without it and got a flat right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doahh
    I got the stuff in a bottle... it involves taking out the valve in the stem
    that's what I use. Just be careful not to add too much as it will throw the balance of your tires off. It doesn't take much to do the job.
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    before I go iding I alwayse lift the tires and spin them a lot to get it spread out

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doahh
    oh so when I get my new wheels I should just replace the tubes too? It's about 5 months in so it should still be good
    I usually just run the tire until it flats. If I KNOW that the slime is really old than i will pitch that tube and start with new tube and slime. After all, it ain't a lot of fun draining slime out of a tube. You can if you are ultra cheap, but i don't like the mess.

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    Useless. I bought 2 tubes last fall for a ride that has more goatheads per acre than anywhere on the planet. Payed $7 each for them and they flatted before I even used them (leaky seam in one of the tubes which I patched). On the ride, I flatted again on both by the time I was back to the car. I've since taken the front one out (it flatted again) and I'm about the take the rear out since it flatted on a mild little ride with my daughter at a local open space (not goatheads there).

    Worst $14 I've ever spent...and I've bought plenty of stuff that was pretty useless over the years. If I've got to patch tires anyway, why deal with the green goo? I'm going back to Tuffys.
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    I've ridden my mountain bikes over 20,000 on unpaved gravel and dirt roads here in Kansas the last few years, that are full of stickers (goat heads). I have been spared from flats many, many times by Slime or Goo. There have been many occasions where the tire lost only a portion of the air and was able to be re-inflated without incident.

    That as opposed to stopping, removing the wheel/tube and patching. I've patched, many a tube, mind you, but all of the times I was spared from it, have made me a HUGE believer in Slime. On my road bike, I don't run the stuff. There aren't as many problems on pavement and so there is no need.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis
    I've ridden my mountain bikes over 20,000 on unpaved gravel and dirt roads here in Kansas the last few years, that are full of stickers (goat heads). I have been spared from flats many, many times by Slime or Goo. There have been many occasions where the tire lost only a portion of the air and was able to be re-inflated without incident.

    That as opposed to stopping, removing the wheel/tube and patching. I've patched, many a tube, mind you, but all of the times I was spared from it, have made me a HUGE believer in Slime. On my road bike, I don't run the stuff. There aren't as many problems on pavement and so there is no need.
    I've always been reluctant to use the gloop because I use presta tubes and it's hard to get the stuff into them (or was). I decided to give it a try because Slime is making presta tubes and the area were I was going has lots of tackburs (yet another name for the devil weed ) But the ones I bought have prevented not a single flat. And we aren't talking a reduction in pressure. The tires have gone completely flat each time. I've even had slow leakers which the gloop is supposed to work wonders on. Not a single one of the holes has been large either. The stuff was a total waste of money. I might as well have filled the tubes with water for all the good it's done.
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    You can slime presta tubes yourself. It isn't easy, but you get the knack. http://nosin.blogspot.com/2006/02/ho...esta-tube.html

    It sounds like you had a bad experience. But as my earlier post illustrates, in the long haul, they save you flat tires. They don't work EVERY time but like i said, they save you flats. Lots of them if you ride a lot on roads with stickers.

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    think I'll just carry a spare tube.. don't need any extra weight especially on the wheels.

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    Would a spare tube weigh less than the slime?

    (Devil's advocate here.. I'd carry a spare tube, regardless...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis
    You can slime presta tubes yourself. It isn't easy, but you get the knack. http://nosin.blogspot.com/2006/02/ho...esta-tube.html

    It sounds like you had a bad experience. But as my earlier post illustrates, in the long haul, they save you flat tires. They don't work EVERY time but like i said, they save you flats. Lots of them if you ride a lot on roads with stickers.
    The ones I've tried have not sealed a single solitary puncture. If they can't do as advertised, they are of absolutely no use to me. Other people like the goop. My only experience with them has kind of confirmed what I thought about from when the green goo came on the market years ago. Not my cup of tea. Too messy and ineffective. Plus you squirt the stuff all over when you burp the prestas.

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    I can slime a presta and/or shrader and not get a drop on me. It just takes a little practice.

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    Ive had terrible luck with the stuff. I have been known to run a little Stans in my tubes though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BugsInMyTeeth
    Would a spare tube weigh less than the slime?

    (Devil's advocate here.. I'd carry a spare tube, regardless...)
    well the spare tube wouldn't be rotational weight...

    That being said ... I just came from my basement and you guessed it flat front tire... I rode a couple of miles through briers on Monday, that must have done it.

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    I rarely get flats because of thorns/glass (once every 9 months probably). I pinch flat though probably once every other month, so slime does me no good.

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    I tried Slime with 700C x 23 tubes (Presta valves). I had trouble with shreds of rubber from the Slime mixture getting into the valves so that the valves would not seal. I added slime to my own tubes. It is not impossible, but it has a learning curve. Removing the nut from the valve end creates more problems than it solves. I, too, am staying with Mr. Tuffy tire liners to keep me safe from the many goat's head thorns we have. For those interested, Specialized makes its own version of a Slime-type product that does not need to be replaced every few months.
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    I've been running slime for a few years. I used to get the tubes, but I'm currently running the self injected stuff. I"ve had great success. The mpu on my commute is goat head city. The one time I didn't use slime, I was flat within 15 min. both tires. I had a set go almost 3 months last year. Currently on month 4 with the injected stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Portis
    I can slime a presta and/or shrader and not get a drop on me. It just takes a little practice.
    It's not the putting it in that is messing. It's when I tap the valve to unseat it for pumping up the tires. The valve has a little Slime in the tube that squirts out and makes a mess, albeit a small mess but a mess all the same.

    Lots of people use Slime and swear by it. I'm just not one of them.
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