Old/New Tire Sealants + Cloud Photos

The inflation/sealer on the left dates from the 70’s or 80’s ?  The one on the right is the new version purchased from the big box store today.

The instructions read pretty much the same for both — never had to occasion to use the older one, and I imagine the propellant is long gone.   Still sloshes the fluid inside.

Apparently the stuff will seal and inflate the tube to a degree but not to the point of over inflation?

Both cans says to inflate to recommended pressure after emptying entire contents and spinning the wheel to distribute the sealant.

Might be easier than a disassembly road repair — assuming it actually works.   Here is hoping I don’t find out!   😉

Some Cloud Photos

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Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

7 response to "Old/New Tire Sealants + Cloud Photos"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: June 27, 2019

    I have had sealant added to my tires when I biked in ‘thorn country’ of New Mexico. That was after having attracted several of those goathead thorns (that we also have in Eastern Washington) that were abundant. I guess it worked as I had no more flat tires for that trip after the sealant. It is quite messy if one does need to change a tube! Some cyclists swear by it, some say it is an unnecessary addition and rue it. It worked for me then, I don’t use/need it now.
    Nice cloud photos.

  2. By: Scooter Posted: June 27, 2019

    Like Nancy, we’ve only used sealants once – and like Nancy, it was also in New Mexico. We flattened on goatheads on a day ride from Albuquerque, the first day of our tour, and decided we’d better get some protection before leaving the city. Must have worked – we didn’t flatten again for the entire tour.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 27, 2019

      At the Western Auto store when I was a kid I would see “thorn proof” tubes for bicycles — had no idea what thorns they were talking about — roses??? 🙂

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 27, 2019

    Rich, you inspired me to some tech talk, for whatever it’s worth:

    Remember, there are different approaches to sealant.

    The “old-fashioned” kind goes into the inner tube inside the tire. Slime is a popular brand, but — no air, just sealant — you need to inflate the tube (generally that means using a pump) after adding the goo. The Ultra brand in the photo can in theory simultaneously seal the puncture and re-inflate the tire, which can make it very convenient if you suffer a flat while on the road. These varieties of tube gunk are generally made for schrader valves and might need some extra effort to get the sealant through a presta valve.

    The modern “tubeless” version — such as Stan’s tire sealant — starts out as a milky liquid, of which a small amount goes directly inside the tire, with no tube. The rim and the tire need to be “tubeless ready” and compatible in order for the bead to seat properly and form a strong seal. Many (most?) mountain bikes run tubeless these days. Inner tube sealant shouldn’t be used in tires without tubes. I experimented with converting my Ogre to tubeless, but ultimately decided against it, at least for the time being:


    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 27, 2019

      Thanks, Ive never used a sealant, but have considered it.
      Back in the day at Craft Texaco in Bloomington, occasionally someone would bring in a tire for a permanent repair after using Fix-A-Flat — and yes, that was one hell of a gooey sticky mess inside that tire.
      Re: Tubless tires — I got to wondering how that issue was handled with the old real deal wire wheels on cars (because its quite a process for bicycle tires — sealing the spokes etc) — from what I could find out, those rims did use rim strips and tubes similar to a regular bicycle. No idea how its handled today, or if real wire wheels are even used.

      Edit: Even today the use of tubes with wire wheels on cars is highly recommended.

  4. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: July 1, 2019

    I used the non-inflating stuff a while back. Unfortunately the puncture, when it came, was a hole on the large size and goo spurted out all over the place. Very messy and not a fix.

    We have a squirt and pump version we bought for Sue’s electric bike in case of puncture in the rear wheel. That had a Presta valve and no wheels left in the shed have those now. So the container sits in the shed. I will hold onto it just in case we have another old / new challenge in 10 years time!!

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