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Old 10-11-15, 04:28 PM
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Add Stans/Slime to tubes for limited purposes

I've been downhilling for a couple months now --- its a blast, but this coming weekend signals the closing of the slopes (Angel Fire NM) closest to me

I went there 2 weeks ago , but had trouble with snakebite flats a couple of times and was stuck changing tubes on the trail --- Hitting a water bar or small rain rut at speed, then psssshhhhhhhhhh


I am running standard duty Nevegal tires in 2.5 width and conventional presta tubes-- The tires are light and would be great on an enduro rig or a lighter All Mountain rig, but are a bit thin for a DH bike unless its used at a place thats not very rocky (Angel Fire is VERY rocky - kinda steep in spots too )

I know what the real solution is -- mount up a set of DH specific tires and tubes and hit the slopes -------- but

I dont live in an area where those are over the counter items , mail order would have me brushing up dangerously close to my departure date if i ordered some up today


Also -- i have a budget situation ---If i could "band-aid" the gear i have to last one more weekend, i then have until May to upgrade the rig a bit ---- I bought a used bike and have already spent large dollars on re-habbing the suspension, so not much left in the kitty for a bit


So what say you guys' and gals? --- Anybody ever make a small puncture in a tube, load it up with Slime, then patch the hole back up? (non removable Presta cores) -- that used to be the modis operandi when Slime first came on the scene 20 or so years ago, but will use tubeless sealant if its better - i have some of that too

--- and im not converting this bike to tubeless --- it will sit for months at a time without getting a leg thrown over it --


Thanks all -- and as mentioned , i just need it to last one weekend , - 8 -10 DH runs (thats a lot admittedly , as rough as AF is )
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taos has shops go early get a good set of tires and have them set up tubeless

proper tires will keep the rubber down where it should be 8 runs 800 does not matter if you crash due to improper tires your contact with the ground
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Running plenty of psi ?

Tire weight means almost nothing right ? Get the right tires before you break your neck
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I had some Slime tubes and they lasted quite some time. I don't remember how long...but it seemed like years. They are on the heavy side. You shouldn't have to patch the tubes if you put Slime in there. I recall seeing several wet spots on my tires...but they held air fine.
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Thanks gents ----

I appreciate the replies --- Alas --- the big "L" called life got in the way again ---- I'm building a house for myself and my wife and the concrete sub-contractor called and can excavate and pour my driveway this week (400 ' x 12' - if it was a regular 50' city lot driveway i would be golden ) --so given the flaky nature of dealing with guys' like that --- i gotta hang back

I tell people all the time who complain about the cost of cycling or motocrossing or other similar endeavors -- "Go build a house from scratch" - its a whole different level of wallet pain

On the flip side, there is a newish freeride park open in NW Arkansas - Bentonville or Rogers area i thought --- It will require me to bring a trail bike rather than the gravity rig, but it sounds worth while --- I'm so pumped for pure DH now though, but spending the off season at some AM parks and at the BMX track learning some basics is not so bad i guess (already justifying not making the trip --- i know -)

Regarding psi's and tubeless , etc etc --- I'm a Clyde and have pretty opulent dimensions -- i was running 55 psi in my tires when i was having trouble with the flats , so more psi would soon have me bouncing all over the place --- I gotta get this thing dialled in properly -- maybe tubeless with 55 psi would give me a better ride --- but i confronted folks much lighter than me on the trail who were having issues with burped tires and still stranded

After running down the shuttle lift trails and then going on a regular trail ride, -- everything feels much slower and more laid back (because it is ) -- i cant wait to get the rush back
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