Review: Slime Self-Sealing Tube for Bicycles


Here in Arizona, we enjoy bicycling, we also enjoy one of the densest populations of spiny flora on the planet. This combination is absolutely terrible for bicycle tubes. This is a review of one product I have found for my bicycle that works quite well and allows us to maintain pressure even when we encounter the inevitable patch of cacti or mesquite laying across a pathway. As with most of my reviews this product was purchased by myself and has been tested for several years with my children and self.

First, let’s get the downside out of the way, these tubes cost on average $15 for two depending on size, we as a family have 26” x 1.75-2.25 tires on our bicycles. We chose mountain and beach style cruisers over road bikes for several reasons, the largest being the lack of maintained roads in many places where we regularly travel. Using M.D. Creekmore Amazon link you can find them here! Now, if you are a regular bicyclist you will know that these tubes are actually not that expensive when you look at what you are getting in return.

Extended use alone makes these a valuable investment. They are not great for road bikes or competitive bicyclists simply because they are heavier and can seem unwieldy after installation. Personally, I have never noticed balance changes. While they are somewhat heavier again, the benefits outweigh these perceived negatives. The company warranties them for up to 2 years after installation. Honestly, I can say that prior to using these I was spending $5-9 every other month on new tires, even with patch kits, which can still be used on these if necessary. Given the sheer amount of unseen thorny threats, these have paid for themselves several times over.

We keep a full set available at all times just in case, and I have a full sized 200psi hand pump that will work in a pinch for vehicle tires as well. I also have a small hand pump and toolkit with patches that sits next to the small trauma kit under my bicycle seat. I should mention I got all of our bicycles for little or no money, two were purchased from local pawn stores for under $30 after a little elbow grease both work great and two others were either gifts or were added on by others in trade. So if you ever see our family riding “designer” bicycles, remember, “designer” can be had for far under new pricing if you are willing to look!

I can highly recommend Slime Self-Sealing Tubes for your bicycles! We enjoy them as a family and yes, I do ride a bicycle, after all, you have to stay in some type of physical shape and this is a lower impact approach.

Free the mind and the body will follow…

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Jesse Mathewson

Arizona since 86', lifetime prepper, camper - criminal justice advanced degrees, numerous certifications, 1+ million rounds (shooting for decades), prior contractor, instructor, current volunteer, disabled, honest, father of two husband of one - all budget and prepared. Jesse Mathewson reviews because regular people need someone in their corner as well!

35 Responses

  1. GA Red says:

    Good to know – thanks for the review. On our first outing as a family on bikes, I managed to have a flat tire. While we don’t ride regularly now, we do try to carry a repair kit now, along with a small FAK.

  2. JP in MT says:

    Jesse:

    I first discovered this stuff when I was down your way for a year. Got a bike to get back and forth to work as we only had one car, and found those “tumble weed thorn” things. Usually about 1/2″ long and went right through a tire! Seemed like I could only go 2 days without a flat until someone showed me this stuff.

    Speaking of “no-flat”, have you seen the new ATV tires the Army is looking at. Announced a couple of years ago, but starting to be produced. I would really like to try a set.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      JP exactly! And man does it work!

      I would love some of those for our 4 runner!

  3. Linda says:

    I wasn’t sure where to post this but I thought either MD would see it or Jesse would know. Did MD stop putting a weekly homesteading article here where everyone can respond and read? Just wondering if I missed something. I rarely post but I read it weekly and enjoy it and what you learn.

  4. Livinthedream says:

    Good to know, Jesse. Thanks!

    Are the dust storms getting you?

  5. Moe says:

    Jesse:
    Have you ever tried the solid core tires for bikes?

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Moe, I have they are heavy for our bicycles but work great for the cart I use behind the bikes!

  6. Always Forward says:

    We’ll definitely get some.
    Have we missed something about the what we did to prep this week column?

    • Livinthedream says:

      No. They stopped posting that column here. Thd old site picked it up. MD is planning to start a similar thread on Sat’s soon, per his post above.

      • Kytriya says:

        I missed that column as it would motivate me to do something – anything. lol Currently I’m prepping finances as I need to get those under control and learning how to garden. I’m still rubbish as I don’t know whats what. lol I also forgot to mix the dirt and fertilizer better, Oops! Next year!

        • Anonamo Also says:

          Kytriya, It is not too late this year…. mix your soil and put it in pots in the window… can grow lettuces and radish and more in a sunny window. they only take 25-45 days! but like cooler weather, that is why i said inside in a window…
          Pepper plants will grow in a south facing window all winter and you can plant them out in the spring and have a leg up… You can learn a lot from a few plants… Just don’t over fertlize… and you have already bought that one on mixing…

  7. Jack says:

    I used tire slime in the states before my relocation to the Philippine Islands. Good stuff! Sure wish I could find it in stock here. We have been adding bicycles for each mini-person as soon as they develop the skill to ride safely. Even on great new roads, there is a lot of tire destroying hazards. Jesse, you may have inspired a new business idea, SLIME could benefit a lot of people here.

  8. Prepared Grammy says:

    That’s what I need!

  9. tweell says:

    I’m a fan of tube protectors – a flexible plastic liner that fits into the tire before installing the inner tube. A caveat is that the tube protector can damage your tube if installed incorrectly. The method that works best for me is putting it in, marking it, cutting off the excess liner, then putting it back and covering the ‘join’ with a couple layers of duct tape.

  10. mom of three says:

    We don’t ride much but good to know in case we plan on biking.

  11. Ray White says:

    Jesse, why not go with solid tires, especially for off-road use? Weight? Comfort? Not that these Slime self-sealing tubes don’t sound cool but solid tires will never go flat. Just askin’.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Ray, weight is a factor and solid rubber weighs 5 times as much – that said my tow behind cart has solid rubber tires being installed! *have used solid rubber for smaller bikes in the past and they work fine but still have a shelf life* so at this point, price *solid are $40-60 apiece or were, these are $15 for two and weight is why

    • Kytriya says:

      He said in an earlier comment that they were heavy and that he does use them on the trailer in back instead. I’ve decided that for me, I don’t care about weight. I’m tired of tires that don’t stay pumped up. lol

      • Jesse Mathewson says:

        Kytriya, agreed. I will likely invest as funds become available however. We are on year 3 with the slime tubes no replacements yet! *grid down the tires would wear out before the solid rubber tubes for sure

  12. Greg M. says:

    Jesse, thanks for another good review. I have a bicycle that I use occasionally for the grocery store or other odd trips. Always seem to need to put in new tubes. Now I might be able to make more than one trip without replacing the tubes. LOL…….We have only had sprinkles here in our part of SE AZ but looking forward to the monsoon rains.

    • Jesse Mathewson says:

      Greg. We have had small rains last few days finally. Ahhh I love monsoon season in SE Arizona 🙂

      And yes. It saves time and money overall for these tubes

  13. MaineBrain says:

    Good info to know, Jesse. Thanks for the review.

  14. Daddio7 says:

    I bought a bulk one half gallon container of Slime. It came with a dispenser pump on top. You just remove the core from the valve stem and after slipping the dispenser hose it pump in the right amount for the size tire you are protection.The tubeless tires on my 12 year old lawn tractor are cracked and leak air. Pumping some of that in them keeps them from going down. I even used some in my car tire. It had a nail hole that was too small to plug.

    • Anonamo Also says:

      We have also used it in the riding lawn mower wheels. It worked ok.. sure beat changing the tire every week because of a weight shift…or having flats…

  15. Mikki says:

    In Sacramento, where I lived for a few years, ‘goatheads’ are the big hazards for bikes. Multiple spikes around the nub. Anyway, I discovered Slime and never looked back. Its the best invention since sliced bread!