Collectors,,,,what to do about large collection and tires going flat over time?

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teisco

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 21, 2010
427
Waterloo Iowa
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I am thinking "slime",,,,its a tire fixer but possibly messes up the tire, tube for future replacement or work.
 
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kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
2,944
50
Santa Cruz
Patch the leakers? Buy new quality tubes, if they still exist? I guess in theory the slime should stay inside the tube and only leak out a small bit onto the inside of the tire to seal? Never used the stuff....so I’m not sure.
 

vincev

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Nov 2, 2008
13,386
crown point<indiana
I would never use Slime.I think you will regret it. Bike tires lose air. If you ever ride road bikes you know to check tires every time you ride them. I would not worry about inflating tires until I plan on riding or selling the bike. I find that putting about 20 PSI in tires keeps them looking good and prevents them from falling over while not used while on the kick stand,
 

Kansan

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 14, 2015
109
Wichita, United States
For a large un-mounted tire collection or even just a few, try pipe insulation. Insulation dia and length is determined by tire size. Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware.........P.S. stash the tubes.
 

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REC

I live for the CABE
Dec 6, 2006
1,137
Lake Worth, United States
Collectors,,,,what to do about large collection and tires going flat over time?

Bitch and moan!
And then roll the compressor out to the appropriate shed. Tubes are replaced when things get too bad.
I routinely have a "pull out the bikes and blow up the tires day" about every two to three months and that is for about 260 plus tires. Not fun...

I love it when the last one is rolled back in with properly inflated tires.
By the way, They're due.
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Goldenrod

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 14, 2016
807
75
Schaumburg
Whizzer guys put an extra 60 lbs on our bikes so I only put thorne proof tires on all my bikes. They cost twice as much but over the last 30 years I have done half the pumping than the thin tires. I have 114 sets of tires to pump. Going 35 MPH with a blowout is a trip to the hospital. Thorne proof also save the tire from bending/flat tire cracks. Buy them on line but they must be pumped up over recommended pressure to grab because they are more firm. When Thornes deflate they only go 1/2 of the way down. It is like having a second tire in there. They can be used in another tire when that one wears out. I won't live that long.
 
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stoney

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jul 19, 2013
3,521
65
Fuquay Varina, NC, United States
As far as the tubes go, I have found that the Goodyear heavy duty tubes work great. I have put them in bikes and have not had to do anything to them for at least a year. I found them in Wallymart
 

Kickstand3

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2014
2,365
Grapevine Tx
I would never use Slime.I think you will regret it. Bike tires lose air. If you ever ride road bikes you know to check tires every time you ride them. I would not worry about inflating tires until I plan on riding or selling the bike. I find that putting about 20 PSI in tires keeps them looking good and prevents them from falling over while not used while on the kick stand,
If you have a blow out then what ! Slime everywhere
 
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Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,210
35
Longmont Colorado
Whizzer guys put an extra 60 lbs on our bikes so I only put thorne proof tires on all my bikes. They cost twice as much but over the last 30 years I have done half the pumping than the thin tires. I have 114 sets of tires to pump. Going 35 MPH with a blowout is a trip to the hospital. Thorne proof also save the tire from bending/flat tire cracks. Buy them on line but they must be pumped up over recommended pressure to grab because they are more firm. When Thornes deflate they only go 1/2 of the way down. It is like having a second tire in there. They can be used in another tire when that one wears out. I won't live that long.
Good info. Do you have a recommendation for 26 inch Thorn proof tubes? There's so many different products available. And yeah.... Slime sucks. I bought a slime brand tube (with the slime already in it) just cause it said it was a thicker tube and it's held air for almost a month now but I wouldn't recommend buying slime to put in your tubes. I have heard good things about a product called tru goo.
 
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kreika

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 7, 2016
2,944
50
Santa Cruz
Collectors,,,,what to do about large collection and tires going flat over time?

Bitch and moan!
And then roll the compressor out to the appropriate shed. Tubes are replaced when things get too bad.
I routinely have a "pull out the bikes and blow up the tires day" about every two to three months and that is for about 260 plus tires. Not fun...

I love it when the last one is rolled back in with properly inflated tires.
By the way, They're due.
REC
You have 130 bikes? Holy sheep dip! Cool! My wife flips out I have 15 or so. I’m glad a few are living the Dream. Lol
 

3-speeder

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 26, 2017
571
Lansing, MI, United States
The A-frame bike stands that @sm2501 had available will save your tires from cracking. Don't know that it would be practical to buy 260 of them though. LOL. :rolleyes:
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Edit. Should have said "Has" available:
 
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piercer_99

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Dec 27, 2015
2,074
59
Sanger, TX
Well, as butyl rubber naturally leaks carbon dioxide, I have pumps and fill them regularly.

Tubes are made of butyl rubber.

The permeability of a gas through rubber depends mainly on its diffusivity and solubility in rubber.

CO2COX2 has a significantly higher solubility in rubber than O2OX2 and N2NX2, whereas the diffusion coefficients differ not that much.

The result is that carbon dioxide passes ordinary rubber about 5 times faster than oxygen and about 15 times faster than nitrogen

Of course, you could just fill them with nitrogen and reduce the time of filling them up again as often.
 

Balloonoob

I live for the CABE
Jan 24, 2019
1,210
35
Longmont Colorado
Well, as butyl rubber naturally leaks carbon dioxide, I have pumps and fill them regularly.

Tubes are made of butyl rubber.

The permeability of a gas through rubber depends mainly on its diffusivity and solubility in rubber.

CO2COX2 has a significantly higher solubility in rubber than O2OX2 and N2NX2, whereas the diffusion coefficients differ not that much.

The result is that carbon dioxide passes ordinary rubber about 5 times faster than oxygen and about 15 times faster than nitrogen

Of course, you could just fill them with nitrogen and reduce the time of filling them up again as often.
There you have it folks. Don't blow up your tires using your own breath. It won't last as long and you might just pass out and wake up feeling like your head is tingling forgetting what day it is or what you were doing previously. Do like Ozzy does and use nitrous.
 
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scrubbinrims

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Sep 2, 2010
6,769
4900 New Kent Rd, Richmond, VA 23225, USA
This is a major problem for the hidden, not ridden crowd as when tires go flat, a bike can topple the whole stack like dominos.
I have a compressor with a long cord and fortunately most my bikes have drop stands so I only have to worry about the front, which I pump and rotate a few times a year to resist flat spots.
I think old tubes hold better as they are thicker and not as taut when full but I took physics a while ago and that's as far as I can take it...and you've already had a chemistry lesson on this thread.
Chris
 
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