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Slime Tubes(7 posts)

Slime Tubesdirthersh
May 2, 2003 11:16 AM
I commute about an hour to and from work. The morning ride is in the dark and I have a pair of Specializied Armadillo tires to help keep flats to a minimum but the inevitable, small sliver sometimes sneaks in and causes a flat. I've noticed the ads for Slime Tubes and tho a bit spendy, seem like they might work well. Anyone out there tried these tubes and any good/bad things about them? Thanks..
hate themterry b
May 2, 2003 11:40 AM
I live in the center of the Goathead universe, so it's almost a requirement to use some kind of seal sealing tube. I will not use Slime brand - in my experience the slime seals presta valves.

Instead, I use Specialized Airloks - the goop is not as viscous, it does not ruin the valves and it works pretty well at sealing small thorn-style punctures. When I finally get one that does go flat, it will usually have 5-10 sealed punctures.

I get them at the LBS that reps Specialized, although I think you can also buy them online.
Me, too, but for a different reason.retro
May 2, 2003 11:47 AM
I've tried them a couple of times (I'm in the REAL center of goathead country), but given up. Biggest problem I had was that when I got a hole too big for the slime (it does happen), I couldn't get patches to stick on it. Apparently the goo that leaks out interferes with the bonding, or more comes out and lifts the patch. I've sanded until my fingers were raw trying to clean it off, but the failure rate was still >50 percent.
User errorLC
May 2, 2003 2:50 PM
1. Only open the valve with the stem on top.

2. You still need to carry a spare tube.

They do work for small holes.
Oh yea, where's the REAL center of GH country? (nm)terry b
May 2, 2003 7:23 PM
Have you ever ridden behind someone when their slime tube flats?MR_GRUMPY
May 2, 2003 5:16 PM
It's a little like when someone clears their nose when you're in the way.
ask onroads!the bull
May 3, 2003 8:43 PM
Kinda like the taco bell experience!