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    Junior Member cigardog57's Avatar
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    Does anyone reccomend using Slime in the tubes on the TW?





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    I hate slime. It makes it so if you get a flat, you can't patch the tube, and it rarely works on anything but a tiny pinhole. I would rather carry one of those split tubes with me. Another trick is to put two tubes in and leave the innermost tube flat. Then, when you get a hole in the first tube, you air up the second one and ride home. It makes your wheels heavier, but if you're dealing with getting alot of flats, it's worth it.

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    Slime has always worked great for me. I have had it seal holes as big as a 16 penny nail quite well.

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    I'll take the middle road on the argument. On a long and remote trip, I'll carry slime and put it in the tire if I get a flat and then air hoping that it will stop the leak or slow it down enough to let me limp back to civilization. I use slime in my bicycle tires and it eventually hardens up, clogs the valve stems, and needs to be thrown away with the tube. I suspect it would do the same thing to an MC tube and I don't want anything too off center - out of round - or gummy in my tube that might cause a failure beyond a normal puncture flat. Maybe someone will wax about the merits of rideon (made for motorcycles and placed in the tube before the flat). I would consider that stuff before inserting Slime in a nonroadside emergency situation. JMHO. Tom
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    Slime? No way. RideOn? Only if willing to inspect tires on a regular basis. RideOn will seal a flat, and a foreign object shoved around in the hole only tears up the tube worse, possibly to the point the RideOn will no longer seal the hole.



    I went on a dualsport ride with about 125 bikes. Half took advantage of free RideOn. 6 flats that weekend, not a one on a bike with RideOn. One bike developed a leak in a tubeless tire, the rider then installed RideOn, and the rider went ahead and wore the tire out over time with no other repair.



    RideOn is water based and can be rinsed off so a punctured tube can be patched, but there is a good chance that a tube that RideOn won't plug is also too far gone to be patched.



    I've not had a flat since I began using RideOn, and I've pulled several objects out of my tires over the years.




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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    Slime? No way. RideOn? Only if willing to inspect tires on a regular basis. RideOn will seal a flat, and a foreign object shoved around in the hole only tears up the tube worse, possibly to the point the RideOn will no longer seal the hole.



    I went on a dualsport ride with about 125 bikes. Half took advantage of free RideOn. 6 flats that weekend, not a one on a bike with RideOn. One bike developed a leak in a tubeless tire, the rider then installed RideOn, and the rider went ahead and wore the tire out over time with no other repair.



    RideOn is water based and can be rinsed off so a punctured tube can be patched, but there is a good chance that a tube that RideOn won't plug is also too far gone to be patched.



    I've not had a flat since I began using RideOn, and I've pulled several objects out of my tires over the years.
    Yeah I have heard that ride-on is better but where is a good source for it? I have been unable to find it locally.

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    RideOn does seem to be a better product.



    http://www.ride-on.com/



    Thanks for the help!!



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    What I really wonder is how you guy's with the giant atv tires break the bead trailside to fix a flat let alone get the tire back on the bead with a hand pump or co2 filler out in the wilderness ?



    I have slime in my tires now, if I had known about RideOn last year I would have put it in instead.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rich View Post
    What I really wonder is how you guy's with the giant atv tires break the bead trailside to fix...
    Hi Rich,



    I have read every ATV tire thread I could find, and researched ATV tires in general. I have a spare rim and am going to give one a try.



    From what I have read, ATV tires (on ATV's) are run at 7-12 psi. And with the extremely tight fit on the TW rim, I think you could ride on the flat tire and it wouldn't come off the rim.



    Lizrdbrth seems to have the experience to answer your question.



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    I have the Duro on the rear and Maxxis 6006 front. I have Slime in both tires and also carry the Slime air compressor / bottle of Slime with me.



    Honestly the Duro is on the rim so tight that there is no way I'd want to attempt getting the tire off while on the road. I run at about 8-10 psi on the trail and I think the tire would even hold up for a bit completely airless! So, I carry the compressor and Slime in the event I do have a flat.



    I use the air compressor frequently and always check it before going on a ride as I do air up to 15-18 on the road and air down on the trail.



    BTW, the Maxxis 6006 is also so stiff walled that I think one could ride out flat on it...
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