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Old 06-18-07, 10:13 PM
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Stupid slime tube

I last rode my commuter last Thursday, Sunday I re-greased the hub bearings front and rear and both tires were fully inflated, about 75 PSI on Crossroads 26x1.95. Tonight I am checking the bike so I can commute in to the office tomorrow and the front tire is totally flat. It wasn't hard to find the leak since there was a green spot on the tube. Whatever caused the puncture was no longer in the tire. So I am thinking this tube "sealed" itself Thursday or some time prior and got me home, but this seal failed hanging from the ceiling in my garage 4 days later. Not sure if I should be thankful I didn't have to fix a flat on the side of the trail, or ticked that it didn't permanently fix a very small puncture in the tube. Is this a typical slime tube experience?
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Old 06-18-07, 10:16 PM
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Slime is useless. You should always be carrying a patch kit and spare tubes anyways.
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Old 06-18-07, 11:46 PM
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Yep. I used to work in a bike shop, and slime caused more problems than anything else in customers' bikes. Most customers ended up just getting thick ("thorn resistant") tubes after that. Slime clogs up valves, weighs the tire down, and collects at one spot when the bike sits.
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Old 06-18-07, 11:51 PM
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My only experience with slime filled tubes is on an old MB I bought a couple months ago. BOTH tires were flat the next day, so I assumed the seller just aired them up for the sale.
Both tubes had a LOT of slime in them. I'm assuming it was a "double dose" since the heavy spot must have weighd 1/2 pound when the tires sat for a while.
I ended up putting 3 patches on one tube and 5 on the other! (It became a challenge)
I had the tube immeresed in a big tub of water finding the leaks. I'd put a leak on the lowest point and the bubbles just kept streaming out. I would have thought the slime would have at least slowed them down some????
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Old 06-19-07, 12:16 AM
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While I like some Slime products, I think the idea of putting something inside tubes is horrible.
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Old 06-19-07, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by bfromcolo
I last rode my commuter last Thursday, Sunday I re-greased the hub bearings front and rear and both tires were fully inflated, about 75 PSI on Crossroads 26x1.95. Tonight I am checking the bike so I can commute in to the office tomorrow and the front tire is totally flat. It wasn't hard to find the leak since there was a green spot on the tube. Whatever caused the puncture was no longer in the tire. So I am thinking this tube "sealed" itself Thursday or some time prior and got me home, but this seal failed hanging from the ceiling in my garage 4 days later. Not sure if I should be thankful I didn't have to fix a flat on the side of the trail, or ticked that it didn't permanently fix a very small puncture in the tube. Is this a typical slime tube experience?
More than likely the slime got you home. It seals a lot of leaks that you never know about. So what is the problem? Personally, on my mountain bikes i would spend a lot of time on the roadside fixing flats if it weren't for slime/goo.
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Old 06-19-07, 05:59 AM
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The only thing that goes in any of my tires is air.
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Old 06-19-07, 02:28 PM
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Slime is a pain in the arse and only works sometimes if the puncture is very very small. But, it can get you home sometimes. I've stopped using slime and invested in better puncture resistant tires.
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Old 06-19-07, 03:11 PM
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In some places in the world, slime is necessary. I lived in Albuquerque NM for 5 years. the drivers there are insane and riding is not fun. They have sandspurs and goatheads out there. Nasty plants that are everywhere and are attracted to the pressure inside a tube. I had my wheelbarrow tire punctured by the damn things. If they can flat a wheelbarrow tire, there aren't too many bicycle tires that can hold up for long.

My solution was to stop riding, which made the slime unnecessary and kept me from being run over by a drunk driver.

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Old 06-19-07, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by stokessd
In some places in the world, slime is necessary. I lived in Albuquerque NM for 5 years. the drivers there are insane and riding is not fun. They have sandspurs and goatheads out there. Nasty plants that are everywhere and are attracted to the pressure inside a tube. I had my wheelbarrow tire punctured by the damn things. If they can flat a wheelbarrow tire, there aren't too many bicycle tires that can hold up for long.

My solution was to stop riding, which made the slime unnecessary and kept me from being run over by a drunk driver.

Sheldon
There is a 5 gallon can of this stuff in almost every LBS shop area in Northern AZ. On the other hand I know an LBS here in PA that if you bring a wheel in for repair with a slime tube, you will be shown the door.
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i hate the stuff. green evil. i had a set of slime tubes on one of my road bikes when the front blew out in a corner around 25mph in a local city park. by the grace of god i kept it upright and stopped on the side of the road. after taking the tube out for inspection and finding nothing, i noticed the green slime leaking out from where the presta valve body screws into the tube stem. yes, that's where the valve body screws into the tube stem, not from around the little sealing screw on top of the valve body, but from under the valve body itself. i cleaned it, tightened it, half-filled the tube and tire and limped cautiously around to my car. once i got home i immediately tossed the tube and removed the rear tube as well and threw it away. standard tubes from now on and i carry a patch kit.

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Old 06-20-07, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by stokessd
If they can flat a wheelbarrow tire, there aren't too many bicycle tires that can hold up for long.
We have those nasty plants in socal too. One word. Armadillo.
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