I kept getting punctures in my bike tyres because of all the hawthorn
thorns, so I bought a tube of 'slime'. I put it in the tyres before I
read the instructions, unfortunately. When I did read them it said put
it in with the valve holder at the top of the wheel so it runs down to
the bottom where the wheel gets all the punctures. But I'd done the job
with the bike upside down, so although I happened to have the valve
holder at the top it was of course, in reality at the bottom. Has anyone
with experience of 'slime' any knowledge of whether this will prevent
the stuff form working?
On Wednesday, 16 May 2018 02:55:47 UTC+1, Bill Wright wrote:
The stuff distributes around the inside of the tyre as the wheel rotates and remains liquid until there is puncture when it solidifies in the hole.
AFAIK, the reason for the valve being at the top is to make injecting the stuff easier.
The stuff I have recommends removing the valve, injecting the gloop, spinning the wheel and then replacing the valve.
Never underestimate what can be accomplished with a pair of mole grips and a
The slime must react with the air presumably in a short period of time in
service to seal a puncture, but what makes it possible for it to be introduced
to the tyre and not react with air in the process or with the air in the tyre
when it is reinflated?
On Wed, 16 May 2018 07:31:27 +0100, "Jim GM4DHJ ..."
But the chances are you won't need put air in the tyre so often as the
Slime also reduces the natural porosity of the tube ... and taking the
valve out to clean it once every so often (not that I have *ever* had
to) is a small price to pay (IMHO) than even getting one puncture.
I typically run slimed tubes in Schwalbe Marathon / Plus (puncture
resistant) tyres on all my bikes (and tandem) because I care less
about good rolling resistance than I do getting home with no
YMWV of course. ;-)
Cheers, T i m
The two statement aren't contradictory.
The first statement is a suggestion. That it CAN be used in the appropriate
The second statement is an exhortation that it SHOULD be used in ALL
non-highway vehicles. The emphasis here being on the word ALL.
The implication being presumably that there are some road going vehicles
where its use would be unecessesary, or impractical. But that this limitation
doesn't apply to non-highway vehicles for some reason or other.
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