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    Senior Member howardgene63's Avatar
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    Had my first flat tonight, must have been a locust thorn under the snow, luckily I was back at the house when it went flat. I need to decide what to carry on the bike for an air supply, I can't decide between a hand pump or a gutted slime 12v compressor. I was also wondering what you guys carry for tire patches the ones I bought at the parts store don't seem to good. The tire tool I welded the rachet head to seemed to work good, and the sockets didn't get in the way.[img]<a%20href=[/img]">[img]<a%20href=[/img]">[img]<a%20href=[/img]">[img]<a%20href=[/img]">

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    Use the fix-a-flat stuff. It's worth a try. I hate fixin motorcycle flats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwizard View Post
    Use the fix-a-flat stuff. It's worth a try. I hate fixin motorcycle flats.


    Have you had good luck with Fix-a-Flat in MC tube tires?



    It just seems so much quicker and easier than the whole trailside tire removal and inner tube patch/replacement routine, you'd think there would have to be a downside!



    Has anybody else been taking Fix-a-Flat along for the ride instead of tire spoons and that whole kit?
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    I put ride-on in my tires. It tells you how much to put in and balances itself. Havent had a flat since but I cant say if its the ride-on or luck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    Has anybody else been taking Fix-a-Flat along for the ride instead of tire spoons and that whole kit?


    I do, but luckily I haven't had to find out if it works or not....



    Apparently there are two varieties of Fix-a-Flat, one for tubes and one for tubeless.



    My take is that it may work well enough to get you home, but then you have to replace the tube.
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    Here is my testimonial about using RideOn. I got a flat front tire on my TW200 from a thorn puncture a few months ago. I was camped out in a remote locaton and drove my bike about 1 mile back to camp on the flat tire. Fortunately, the flat occurred on the same day I had planned to return home so I decided to fix it later. I returned home and got some RideOn to put in the tires. I did not take the tire off and fix it. I just put RideOn in the tire. Before I installed the RideOn, the front tire would go flat in about 15 minutes. After I installed RideOn, I drove the bike around the block a couple times. At first, the tire slowly began to leak less. I aired up the tire a few more times and drove the bike some more then after about 30 miles, presto flat fixed the easy way!



    Here is a video showing how RideOn works. https://www.youtube....h?v=2mid3XqDlyk Nice to know your tires can take a 9mm pistol round and not go flat. Now that's reliability!



    Here is a demo using RideOn in a motorcycle tire https://www.youtube....h?v=4tQ6hFqifE8 The recommeded dosage of RideOn for a TW200 with stock tires is 8 ounces in the front and 12 ounces in the back. The dosage chart (based on tire size) is found on the RideOn website.





    Moral of the story: Put RideOn in your tires and don't worry about punctures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonBenito View Post
    Have you had good luck with Fix-a-Flat in MC tube tires?



    It just seems so much quicker and easier than the whole trailside tire removal and inner tube patch/replacement routine, you'd think there would have to be a downside!



    Has anybody else been taking Fix-a-Flat along for the ride instead of tire spoons and that whole kit?


    Never used it in a tube; but had good results with tubeless. The tire guys hate it when they have to change the tire. I am definitely going to have to try out the Ride-On. I wonder if I need to take the wheel weights off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwizard View Post
    I am definitely going to have to try out the Ride-On. I wonder if I need to take the wheel weights off?


    Here is another demo about balancing tires with RideOn. This guy tries RideON with and without wheel weights. http://www.youtube.c...h?v=YqkBfEHYzxw

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    I just put a bottle of ride-on in each tire and called it good. Still carry the small slime compressor because do like to air up and down for pavement/dirt. Bringing tools/tubes/patch kit looks like a big hassle and not sure if could fix the rear anyway on the trail.
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    Since we have totally derailed Howard's thread I have a question about Ride-On for all of you that use it:



    Does it cause a problem with plugging up the valve stem when you air down? It seems like it would. (In general it seems too good to be true.)



    Thanks

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