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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-21-2004, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Anyone use fix-a-flat (or similar)

My front tire is losing air. About 5 PSI per day. Tire is in good shape (4600 miles) with no visible holes or screws or nails..etc...

Has anyone used fix-a-flat or Slime on a front tire?
Is this OK to do or highly unadvisable?

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Re: Anyone use fix-a-flat (or similar)

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My front tire is losing air. About 5 PSI per day. Tire is in good shape (4600 miles) with no visible holes or screws or nails..etc...

Has anyone used fix-a-flat or Slime on a front tire?
Is this OK to do or highly unadvisable?

Thanks in advance, troops
I'd only use any of those products in an emergency, and if ya do use em, make sure that you have the wheel checked for balance.

One thing ya might do..is check the valve...sometimes they can work loose, so ya retighten, and your good to go...

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I've never re-tightened a valve.
Is it screw-on? Righty-tighty?
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I've never re-tightened a valve.
Is it screw-on? Righty-tighty?

Welp, I've seen it happen...

And yes, all air valves screw in...

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I wouldn't want to take a tire that is losing air out for any kind of hard riding. Partly because it might fail, and partly because I'd be thinking about it every time I took a turn. And your tires aren't what you should be thinking about in that situation

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I wouldn't want to take a tire that is losing air out for any kind of hard riding. Partly because it might fail, and partly because I'd be thinking about it every time I took a turn. And your tires aren't what you should be thinking about in that situation
Yup, me too...But He does have 4600 miles on that pup, and it's still in good shape..??? I get about 3000 miles out of a frt tire max on the street, so maybe he doesn't ride that hard..

No offence to the poster...just stating my

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Generally, the bike sees little hard riding. I work 45 miles from home, so most miles are highway. Even the rear tire is in good shape.
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I put this stuff in the rear tire of my two bikes that NAPA sells, it comes in like a 32 oz bottle. Looks like Elmer's Glue. Used by the State Patrol here and elsewhere. Put it in a healthy tire, when you get a hole, it plugs the hole. I got tired of getting nail and screw hole flat tires, mostly in the middle of Bumfuck, Egypt. Stuff has caused zero problems as far as balance issues, and no more flats. Plus peace of mind when I am riding across Texas or the middle of Oregon over some mountain pass in 100 degree weather or pouring rain.

But an air leak of 5psi/day is not anything to belittle, it is a significant leak tha either the valve stem is leaking or there is a hole somewhere. If I already have a hole with a leak, I fix it with a tire plug and try to buy a new tire when I get around to it.


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I've been fighting a leak in my cage's tire the past two weeks that leaks VERY slowly, and here's what I've learned about holes in tires:

1) Always, always, always get it plugged AND patched, if you're not going to fit a new tire.
2) Do the work yourself or have it done at a QUALITY location.
3) Sidewall holes ends the life of any tire.
4) Any liquid put into the tire that "instantly fixes flats" will cost you more to have removed when you get your tire replaced (assuming you don't do it yourself).

#4 is true, at least, in my neck of the woods. I will guess that fuster might not experience that, or he wouldn't be using whatever that solution is, or he thinks the $ trade-off is worth it (and it might be!).

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I don't ever use that stuff in the bike, if I get a flat on the road I'll plug it and ride home nice and easy, then I replace the tire asap. Sounds to me like a good excuse to jump for another set a rubber. But then again it prolly is the stem.

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