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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-18-2019, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
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Emergency patching a Harley spoked wheel tire?

With a tube tire, a normal patch kit ain't going to help much.

Has anyone tried one of these Slime or other brand pressurized cans than supposedly plug a hole and fill the tire?

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 07-20-2019, 10:31 AM
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Don`t even bother, you have a tube, you fix the flat by removing the tube and replace.

But you already knew that from when you were a kid riding and fixing bicycle tires...
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You are at milepost 60 on I90 in Montana, its 10:30 at night, and its raining, and your tubed tire goes flat.
Towing services say "call us in the morning" and even then they are many miles away.

So then, you either carry tires irons, a bunch of tools, and push your bike on its side to remove and repair the tire ... (not likely)
or you leave your bike in the rain on the side of the road until the next day, hitch hike the next day to some town, and wait for the next day
or, you try a can of Slime.

That's the question I am asking.

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Use the Slime for tubes.
Remember you have to have canned air or a 12 volt mini compressor to refill the tire
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In an emergency fix a flat will get you home if not too far. Definitely new tube asap. Put a couple of hundred miles coming back from the keys one year, got to where I could get help. Talk about a butt clincher.
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or you leave your bike in the rain on the side of the road until the next day, hitch hike the next day to some town, and wait for the next day
or, you try a can of Slime.

That's the question I am asking.
That is when you will find out if it will work...

There is no way of knowing if it will work because you can`t predict how much damage has been done to the tube.

This is why the original spoked wheels from my `89 Heritage are in the attic...

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This is why the original spoked wheels from my `89 Heritage are in the attic...
I am afraid William or Arthur will kill me in my sleep if I take the wire/whitewalls off my Deluxe.

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I am afraid William or Arthur will kill me in my sleep if I take the wire/whitewalls off my Deluxe.
Nah, if they could have fabricated cast wheels, they would have..

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Tubeless spoked wheel kits are/were made.
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Tubeless spoked wheel kits are/were made.

https://www.advpulse.com/adv-product...spoked-wheels/

that article doesn't sound encouraging.

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