Oh No! Flat Tire
I was biking in the valley on my usual route. As I turned onto a side road, I felt then noticed my front tire going flat on me! Oh no!
First I just tried to add air back into the tire. LUCKILY I was carrying my tire repair kit with me. I was not having any success into just pumping air. I was inspecting the tire-as you should-to see if I could spot what caused the flat-nail, sharp object. Sure enough, there was a small piece of glass or quartz sticking up out of the tire. Okay! Maybe after removal, it will hold air. Nope!
Slime Easy Flat Fixing
I was only a few miles from home. I could have called the husband for extraction. (Or I could have swapped out the inner tube.) Then I remembered the Slime. Hey, this is a good opportunity to try Slime for the first time!
What is Slime?
Slime is a sealant that you import into the bike tube which will “seal up” punctures to 1/8 inch (per their website).
How to Use Slime
It was extremely easy to use! I followed the instructions on the bottle. The lid of the Slime Container has a core valve remover. That is step one, remove the core valve. My husband had given me one for the bike. I had no idea WHY I needed it. Now I do!
Core Valve Remover
Slime comes with a tube that you fit over your valve and the container. You simply squeeze the tube and green slime flows into the tire tube. It’s kind of neat to watch.
My bike tire only needed a 1/2 bottle (4 oz, it’s stated on the bottle). You can then replace the tube back on the bottle and cap it up, no Slime all over the place. I then added some air, and rotated the tire around as instructed, to coat the whole inner tube.
I added the Slime, replaced the core valve, and added air back to the tire. Success! I pumped up the tire and completed my bike ride.
Bike Tire Kit
These are the components you need for a bike tire repair kit. Okay, you really only need the tire pump, new inner tube, and bike levers. This is what I carry in my bike repair kit. If you have a new inner tube, you don’t need the patch kit. Simply swap out that failed tube for the new one and repair later at home.
Know how to change a Flat Tire!
I have said this before and it’s so true! Know how to change a flat tire! Take the tire off and put it back on! Yes, it’s not a fun job. If you practice this at home, in the comfort of air conditioning, changing a flat in the middle of a hot afternoon on a busy road can go much faster.
Disclosure: This is my independent review of the product Slime. I was not compensated for this product. I just had my Slime encounter and wanted to pass on the knowledge on how it worked for me.