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Kid's flat bike tires and endless thorns
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Dave 50 8n    Posted 12-05-2003 at 12:50:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can't seem to keep the kid's bike tires inflated. They keep getting thorns in them and getting pinholes or less in them.

The thorns break off in thetire and continually puncture the inner tube.

I've tried that green goo, which doesn't work and that puncture-proof inner tube, which also doesn't work. I guess I need "self sealing" inner tubes. it's getting expensive, and you can almost buy a new bike for the cost of replacing all the tires and tubes.!!!

Any suggestions?

(I know, I know, have them stay off the thorns...)

jayhawkerroy    Posted 12-11-2003 at 09:47:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got our grandkids' No more Flats solid inner tubes at Wal-mart. Ran between $13-15 each. Need to know exact tire size to get the fit right. Also got some on clearance, so your Wal-mart may no longer sell, but they are worth checking out. Beats $2 or more per inner tube and have it last a few hours of riding time.

Linda in UT    Posted 12-05-2003 at 20:46:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
I do have sympathy for you. I don't know how old your kids are, but maybe, just maybe, it would help if they learned how to repair flats on their own bike tires? My dad didn't do that kind of stuff and, besides, he worked 6 days a week. So, it was left up to me to fix anything that broke on my bike. It really was good for me to learn how to do that kind of stuff, and as I got older no one could have told me I couldn't try to fix anything! I grew up in a sandy area full of goat heads and most any other kind of sticker that exists on this earth. Fixing my own didn't keep me from getting flats, but it did make me more careful where I rode my bike.

I hope I don't offend you - just some thoughts from looking back on my childhood and lessons learned.

Randy    Posted 12-05-2003 at 16:35:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
One place said Sears Thornproof (they're flatproof).

Randy    Posted 12-05-2003 at 16:23:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
They might have a solid type tire for bikes. Got them for my mowers. Not the hard rubber tire. I'll see if I can find them.

DAve 50 8n    Posted 12-05-2003 at 15:45:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks for the hints. I think I'll re-try the slime and put more in the tube and go to REI to get some tube liners. I saw those kevlar tires...$30! I'm not at that frustration level...yet.

Goat head thorns? I think we have them too...they have like 3 shrarp prongs on a "head" and look like something from "hail." :-)

Also have starthistle...ugh.

Thanks again!

Dave 50 8n    Posted 12-05-2003 at 23:14:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
FYI: I got some plastic tire liners tonight. $15/pair. May return them.

I sat and thought about it for a while, and I think I'll 1st try to cut up milk jugs into strips and caulk them inside the tires.

Hey, am I cheap, or what.

kraig WY    Posted 12-05-2003 at 15:05:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I was a kid I put pet milk (evaporated milk) in my bicyle tires. It worked pretty good. Now I use slime for my tractor tires. It works good too.

Stan ETenn    Posted 12-05-2003 at 14:51:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sawbrairs here. They go through my front snapper tires. I tried the slime. Works pretty well. Put on new tires and so far all is ok.

Greg F.    Posted 12-05-2003 at 13:32:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Kevlar tires and the extra thick puncture resistant tubes. I did my daughters bike two years ago and she only needs air about once a year and we have those nasty goat head thorns.

TB    Posted 12-05-2003 at 13:00:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try Tire slime. Have used it in past in ATV, bikes and traler tires and has woked well.

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