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 Post subject: Slime
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:24 am 
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What are the pro's and cons of Slime? (the sort you inject into your inner tubes to prevent punctures, not the sort from Ghost Busters)


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 Post subject: Re: Slime
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:32 am 
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The Positive: Great for Schrader valve tubes.

The Negative: Although it can be done, its a real pain it the neck getting it in a Presta valve tube.


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 Post subject: Re: Slime
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:35 am 
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I think you can buy inner tubes that are pre-filled with similar stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Slime
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:11 am 
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A downgrade IMO. Slime & the like adds weight (rotating) in the wrong place, makes wheels heavier resulting in a slower bike. If or when it leaks out it also makes one hell of a mess.
Best practice is to carry a couple of spare inner-tubes and a good pump, changing a tube takes only a couple of minutes this way. Patch/repair at home.


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 Post subject: Re: Slime
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:21 am 
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Location: Completely in the dark, thanks to me good mate Terry....
If you get a serious puncture that even the sealant goo can't sort out, the result is very messy! Happened to me with a pre-filled Schwalbe self-sealing tube in a CX race at Hillingdon a couple of seasons back. I now use ordinary tubes with Slime tyre liner strips to keep the thorns at bay instead, much better all round.

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 Post subject: Re: Slime
PostPosted: Fri Mar 22, 2013 11:24 am 
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Pros, erm................ you can get it cheaply.
Cons, its not very good, it's probably the fastest drying sealant i've ever used. A few weeks after fitting, both tubes flatted, nothing came out of the hole, it'd completely dried out. That was 15 years ago, never used it since.

Try something that works instead, there are half a dozen other alternatives.

(And if you are running presta, get tubes with removeable valves and an applicator bottle. Just goes straight in. No fuss.)


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