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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-26-2015, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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Flat tire question

Quick question :

Do any of you guys carry a bottle of Slime or Fix-a-Flat in the unfortunate event of getting a nail or screw in a tire when miles from home?

If so which product works best to at least get you home?

I searched the forums but didn't see much discussion...
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 06-26-2015, 03:06 PM
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I've used fix a flat in the past with results good enough to get a tire fixed, but that's just me.
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Carry something. Having a flat in the middle of nowhere is a pain and can be dangerous. They only work with tubeless tires. Although I have put a can in a tubed tire and been able to make it to the nearest tire repair.
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Some shops charge extra to change a tubeless tire with fix a flat in it. I would say, though, if you have an inner tube you would want to replace the tube anyway so fix a flat may be the way to go. But with tubeless tires I carry a plug kit and a small manual air pump like the kind that people carry on bicycles. If it's a really slow leak, a person could air up the tire, drive SLOW and stop periodically and top of the air just to get to the shop. I would use extreme caution, though, in the latter method, especially if you are in a hilly and curvy area, and you would need to monitor the tire closely in case it started leaking faster.
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My wife and I have AAA Premium or Plus, whatever it is.. And it has paid for itself over and over.. Between me having project cars towed between my house and my parents/in-laws and to shops and what not. I plan on adding the Motorcycle coverage soon. I would highly recommend it.

In regards to your question, Slime should work in tubed or tubeless tires (they sell it for bicycle tires). Fix-a-flat will only work in tubeless tires. And as mentioned, some places HATE the tire sealer stuff. Primarily because if they are going to patch the tires (on the inside) they have to clean it out and it's a royal PITA. I know it's not recommended, but for a tubeless tire, I would carry around a patch/plug kit. Some people would argue that plugging a tire is stupid. But, if that's what it takes to get you out of a pinch and off the side of the road.... I have plugged dirt bike and cruiser tires before without any issues. I had a plug in the rear tire of one of my bikes for well over 6 months before I replaced the tire and didn't have any issues. Just remember if you plug it to keep a closer eye on the tire pressure..

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I carry a slime kit that came with a small 12 volt compressor. I also carry a tire plug kit. So far I have not had to use it but I won't leave home without it. There are a lot of areas up here with no cell coverage.
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how about putting in a preventative so you don't get a flat in the first place?

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Thanks All, very helpful and informative -

Time to check out if I have tubed or tubeless tires on the bike!!

I went with Progressive Bike Insurance and they offer included tow service,
so thats helpful - as long as there is cell phone coverage to call them!

Amazon sells those Slime kits and canisters for pretty cheap, so will get one of those to throw in the saddle bags as a safety backup.
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how about putting in a preventative so you don't get a flat in the first place?

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Thanks All, very helpful and informative -

Time to check out if I have tubed or tubeless tires on the bike!!

I went with Progressive Bike Insurance and they offer included tow service,
so thats helpful - as long as there is cell phone coverage to call them!

Amazon sells those Slime kits and canisters for pretty cheap, so will get one of those to throw in the saddle bags as a safety backup.
It'll be listed on your sidewall, but generally speaking, most spoked rims have tubes and most non-spoked rims have tubeless. But, there are rare exceptions.

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