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Old December 20th 07, 03:58 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Like a good boy, I gave both tires on my upside-down bike a quick
squeeze before heading off on my daily ride.

Drat! My front tire had gone flat as a pancake overnight.

Peering myopically at the tire, I soon found a broken-off goathead
thorn and dug it out with the end of a paper-clip.

After replacing the tube and pumping the tire up, I felt pleased
because the Slime tube had let me get home and fix the flat indoors,
where it was warm and comfortable, rather than by the side of the road
in the cold wind and melting snow.

I slapped the front wheel into place and thought that I might as well
pump the rear tire up, even though it was fine. The Presta valve
popped open at about 110 psi, which was where it should be, but I
still felt virtuous because I'd checked instead of riding off with a
possibly soft tire.

In fact, I felt so noble that I spun the rear tire slowly on my
upside-down bike, just to check for cuts or--

Drat!

http://i2.tinypic.com/6omzu54.jpg

http://i8.tinypic.com/86js66g.jpg

That little tuft of white fibers mixed in with green Slime makes it
hard to pretend that nothing is wrong. The whole tuft was stuck in the
tread and pulled out of the tube when I removed the deflated tube.

I decided that I was really pleased that _both_ my Slime tubes held
air through yesterday's ride, but I may not be quite as pleased
tomorrow if it happens again.

Anyway, the pictures let people see what Slime tube users mean when
they talk about the little white fibers.

Goathead thorn tip from front tire, tuft of Slime fibers from rear:

http://i13.tinypic.com/6lj0krb.jpg

Cheers,

Carl Fogel
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Old December 20th 07, 04:14 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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...once again Mr. Fogel DOCUMENTS his endeavors...Sir,I always enjoy
your post's.

Best Regards - Mike Baldwin

I'm a SLIME believer!

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Old December 20th 07, 04:23 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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wrote:
Like a good boy, I gave both tires on my upside-down bike a quick
squeeze before heading off on my daily ride.

Drat! My front tire had gone flat as a pancake overnight.

Peering myopically at the tire, I soon found a broken-off goathead
thorn and dug it out with the end of a paper-clip.

After replacing the tube and pumping the tire up, I felt pleased
because the Slime tube had let me get home and fix the flat indoors,
where it was warm and comfortable, rather than by the side of the road
in the cold wind and melting snow.

I slapped the front wheel into place and thought that I might as well
pump the rear tire up, even though it was fine. The Presta valve
popped open at about 110 psi, which was where it should be, but I
still felt virtuous because I'd checked instead of riding off with a
possibly soft tire.

In fact, I felt so noble that I spun the rear tire slowly on my
upside-down bike, just to check for cuts or--

Drat!

http://i2.tinypic.com/6omzu54.jpg

http://i8.tinypic.com/86js66g.jpg

That little tuft of white fibers mixed in with green Slime makes it
hard to pretend that nothing is wrong. The whole tuft was stuck in the
tread and pulled out of the tube when I removed the deflated tube.

I decided that I was really pleased that _both_ my Slime tubes held
air through yesterday's ride, but I may not be quite as pleased
tomorrow if it happens again.

Anyway, the pictures let people see what Slime tube users mean when
they talk about the little white fibers.

Goathead thorn tip from front tire, tuft of Slime fibers from rear:

http://i13.tinypic.com/6lj0krb.jpg

Cheers,

Carl Fogel


Carl any sensible person knows that tires only go FLAT at the BOTTOM of
a tyre. By turning your bike upside down the slime runs to the top. No
wonder it was deflated the next morning.

Elmo
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Old December 20th 07, 04:57 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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In article , Elmo
wrote:

wrote:
Like a good boy, I gave both tires on my upside-down bike a quick
squeeze before heading off on my daily ride.

Drat! My front tire had gone flat as a pancake overnight.

Peering myopically at the tire, I soon found a broken-off goathead
thorn and dug it out with the end of a paper-clip.

After replacing the tube and pumping the tire up, I felt pleased
because the Slime tube had let me get home and fix the flat indoors,
where it was warm and comfortable, rather than by the side of the road
in the cold wind and melting snow.

I slapped the front wheel into place and thought that I might as well
pump the rear tire up, even though it was fine. The Presta valve
popped open at about 110 psi, which was where it should be, but I
still felt virtuous because I'd checked instead of riding off with a
possibly soft tire.

In fact, I felt so noble that I spun the rear tire slowly on my
upside-down bike, just to check for cuts or--

Drat!

http://i2.tinypic.com/6omzu54.jpg

http://i8.tinypic.com/86js66g.jpg

That little tuft of white fibers mixed in with green Slime makes it
hard to pretend that nothing is wrong. The whole tuft was stuck in the
tread and pulled out of the tube when I removed the deflated tube.

I decided that I was really pleased that _both_ my Slime tubes held
air through yesterday's ride, but I may not be quite as pleased
tomorrow if it happens again.

Anyway, the pictures let people see what Slime tube users mean when
they talk about the little white fibers.

Goathead thorn tip from front tire, tuft of Slime fibers from rear:

http://i13.tinypic.com/6lj0krb.jpg

Cheers,

Carl Fogel


Carl any sensible person knows that tires only go FLAT at the BOTTOM of
a tyre. By turning your bike upside down the slime runs to the top. No
wonder it was deflated the next morning.

Elmo


Bicycles stand upon their sidewalls. Deflation happens from the top.

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Not true - I am a talented lawyer." - Sandy in rec.bicycles.racing
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Old December 22nd 07, 03:23 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:58:57 -0700, wrote:

Like a good boy, I gave both tires on my upside-down bike a quick
squeeze before heading off on my daily ride.

Drat! My front tire had gone flat as a pancake overnight.

Peering myopically at the tire, I soon found a broken-off goathead
thorn and dug it out with the end of a paper-clip.

After replacing the tube and pumping the tire up, I felt pleased
because the Slime tube had let me get home and fix the flat indoors,
where it was warm and comfortable, rather than by the side of the road
in the cold wind and melting snow.

I slapped the front wheel into place and thought that I might as well
pump the rear tire up, even though it was fine. The Presta valve
popped open at about 110 psi, which was where it should be, but I
still felt virtuous because I'd checked instead of riding off with a
possibly soft tire.

In fact, I felt so noble that I spun the rear tire slowly on my
upside-down bike, just to check for cuts or--

Drat!

http://i2.tinypic.com/6omzu54.jpg

http://i8.tinypic.com/86js66g.jpg

That little tuft of white fibers mixed in with green Slime makes it
hard to pretend that nothing is wrong. The whole tuft was stuck in the
tread and pulled out of the tube when I removed the deflated tube.

I decided that I was really pleased that _both_ my Slime tubes held
air through yesterday's ride, but I may not be quite as pleased
tomorrow if it happens again.

Anyway, the pictures let people see what Slime tube users mean when
they talk about the little white fibers.

Goathead thorn tip from front tire, tuft of Slime fibers from rear:

http://i13.tinypic.com/6lj0krb.jpg

Cheers,

Carl Fogel


Drat!

The tube that I put into the front tire was down about 50 psi the next
morning.

I took it out and couldn't find a leak when I looked, even when I
inflated it and ran it past my ear. I looked for any little white
tufts where the Slime fibers might have plugged a hole, but found
nothing.

So I inflated the tube and dunked it in the sink. Still no leak. I
pulled and stretched the tube under water to try to open any plugged
holes. No bubbles.

Odd, I thought hopefully, maybe the valve stuck open ever so slightly?

Annoyed, I put the tube back into the front tire, pumped it up, and
went for my ride. The tire looked fine.

Today, it was down about 50 psi again. I went through the whole
process again, looking for white tufts, dunking the tube in the sink,
pulling and twisting the tube, inflating it even more--and nothing. No
leak.

To hell with it. I put in another tube and went for my ride, leaving
the suspect tube inflated impressively so that it expanded enough to
touch the floor when hung from a vise handle.

I just looked at it again after several hours. No sign of a leak.
Somewhere on the 80 inches of black rubber must be a tiny pinhole,
plugged with Slime.

Aaargh!

Cheers,

Carl Fogel
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Old December 24th 07, 01:09 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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On Fri, 21 Dec 2007 20:23:20 -0700, wrote:

On Wed, 19 Dec 2007 20:58:57 -0700,
wrote:

Like a good boy, I gave both tires on my upside-down bike a quick
squeeze before heading off on my daily ride.

Drat! My front tire had gone flat as a pancake overnight.

Peering myopically at the tire, I soon found a broken-off goathead
thorn and dug it out with the end of a paper-clip.

After replacing the tube and pumping the tire up, I felt pleased
because the Slime tube had let me get home and fix the flat indoors,
where it was warm and comfortable, rather than by the side of the road
in the cold wind and melting snow.

I slapped the front wheel into place and thought that I might as well
pump the rear tire up, even though it was fine. The Presta valve
popped open at about 110 psi, which was where it should be, but I
still felt virtuous because I'd checked instead of riding off with a
possibly soft tire.

In fact, I felt so noble that I spun the rear tire slowly on my
upside-down bike, just to check for cuts or--

Drat!

http://i2.tinypic.com/6omzu54.jpg

http://i8.tinypic.com/86js66g.jpg

That little tuft of white fibers mixed in with green Slime makes it
hard to pretend that nothing is wrong. The whole tuft was stuck in the
tread and pulled out of the tube when I removed the deflated tube.

I decided that I was really pleased that _both_ my Slime tubes held
air through yesterday's ride, but I may not be quite as pleased
tomorrow if it happens again.

Anyway, the pictures let people see what Slime tube users mean when
they talk about the little white fibers.

Goathead thorn tip from front tire, tuft of Slime fibers from rear:

http://i13.tinypic.com/6lj0krb.jpg

Cheers,

Carl Fogel


Drat!

The tube that I put into the front tire was down about 50 psi the next
morning.

I took it out and couldn't find a leak when I looked, even when I
inflated it and ran it past my ear. I looked for any little white
tufts where the Slime fibers might have plugged a hole, but found
nothing.

So I inflated the tube and dunked it in the sink. Still no leak. I
pulled and stretched the tube under water to try to open any plugged
holes. No bubbles.

Odd, I thought hopefully, maybe the valve stuck open ever so slightly?

Annoyed, I put the tube back into the front tire, pumped it up, and
went for my ride. The tire looked fine.

Today, it was down about 50 psi again. I went through the whole
process again, looking for white tufts, dunking the tube in the sink,
pulling and twisting the tube, inflating it even more--and nothing. No
leak.

To hell with it. I put in another tube and went for my ride, leaving
the suspect tube inflated impressively so that it expanded enough to
touch the floor when hung from a vise handle.

I just looked at it again after several hours. No sign of a leak.
Somewhere on the 80 inches of black rubber must be a tiny pinhole,
plugged with Slime.

Aaargh!

Cheers,

Carl Fogel


Aaargh! Another Slime tube got me home before it went flat. I'm
practically gritting my teeth with pleasure

At noon I noticed this damp patch on my rear ti
http://i1.tinypic.com/6o0heys.jpg

Sure enough, the tire had lost about 50 psi since Saturday.

Here's the tube from the tire, about an inch wide as inflated, showing
the little tuft of Slime fibers where a goathead lanced it:
http://i14.tinypic.com/6yph1fk.jpg

Meanwhile, the other damned Slime tube that lost 50 psi twice in two
days is still happily holding full pressure in a spare tire on a spare
wheel. Maybe motion is needed to expose the pinhole that I can't find
even in a sink.

Cheers,

Carl Fogel
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Old December 24th 07, 04:52 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Carl, really why not buy thorn proof tires like any normal sane
rational person.
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Old December 24th 07, 04:56 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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datakoll aka gene daniels wrote:

Carl, really why not buy thorn proof tires like any normal sane
rational person.


Would "Dear Carl" be able to post long missives about his punctures to
the group if he solved the problem?

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