There’s a few things in life that annoys me the most. MRT breakdowns, tasteless Mee Rebus and getting flats while I’m out in Beetee. So let’s talk about the recent MRT breakdowns… @#$%&^%$# KNNCCB #makdiapehserondeng !@#$%&. Ok done. Now lets talk about my other first world problem, getting flats while riding out in Beetee.
If you’ve ever been stranded amongst the tress in our lovely revered trail, you know how much it suck to hike out. Especially if you’re stuck with a flat tyre after the tunnel with no spares and no passing riders in sight. Honestly, you only have yourself to blame if you’re ever in that scenario. Too lazy to bring spares right? Eksyen some more la, now go hike out and figure out how you’re gonna cycle home. Ok, it happened to me once, and I was lucky to have met a kind soul at the carpark who had a spare tube. Thank you bro! You know who you are *kiss*
So what actually happened? I’m a tubeless kind guy and I’ve been using Stans for a quite a while. To be fair, they have saved my rides a couple of times. This time, it was different. My tyre had a huge cut and no amount of sealant was gonna seal that gaping hole up. All of sealant had spilled out and the scene looked like someone had tripped and spilled milk all over the trail. I was abit concerned looking at the mess I’ve made with all that latex seeping into the soil. I hope Stans is truly eco friendly.
So anyway, I was introduced to a brand that I’ve never tried before and the good guys at Bike2Bike invited me over for a quick demo (that involved a pen knife) on a new eco-friendly sealant that they stock. So what’s the brand? Joe’s No Flats Eco Sealant. Here’s what went down.
And I was impressed! One of their key selling points is that they’ll seal up punctures up to 6mm and the demo in the video was actually 1mm bigger than what was advertised. The great thing about the sealant is that they’ve advertised to be environment friendly, without any latex or ammonia in their formula. The blue liquid is not as goey as Stan’s and they don’t smell as bad. In fact, there was hardly any odour to it.
Here’s a little bit more info;
- Designed specifically for Tubeless Ready and converted to Tubeless tires.
- Instantly stops punctures – up to 6mm.
- Prevents air leaks from thin side walls.
- Ammonium free – no damage to the rim.
- Latex free – no risk for allergic reaction.
- Won’t leave sticky residue in the tire.
- Environmentally friendly.
- Compatible with a wide range of temperatures (-20ºC – +70ºC).
- Compatible with a wide range of pressures (15PSI – 120PSI).
- For effective puncture resistance, add fresh sealant every 3-12 months depending on quantity and weather conditions.
So in the spirit of eliminating punctures, I’ve decided to give this blue liquid a try and sneaked out a nice full bottle of Joe’s Eco Sealant while Daniel was not looking 😛 For those who are still on the fence about going tubeless and getting worried about messy liquid spilling all over your nice kitchen/living room floor, here’s how you can do it without the mess and invoking wrath from the missus 🙂 All you need is the 2 items below;
You can get the large syringe from any Watsons or Guardian store and the black little tool there is your valve remover. You can get this from any reputable local bike shop.
Step one: Install tubeless compatible tyre on your tubeless wheelset. Tyres from Maxxis are usually marked with “TR” which stands for “tubeless ready” or “TL Easy” on Schwalbe which means Tube Less Easy.
Step two: Pump up your tyre until it ‘pops’ on the wheelset. This can be a really loud bang (which can wake up your neighbours if you do this in the middle of the night) or a soft “bup”. Spin the wheel to make sure that it’s mounted properly on both sides.
Step three: Release the air and remove the presta valve core.
Step Four: Now that presta valve has been removed, you’re all set to add sealant.
Step Five: Pour selant. For most tyres, you can pour between 60ml to 120ml depending on your setup. There’s no right amount but with all things for prevention, more is always better than less. For a rough guide, you can pour about 60mL for tyres which are 2.4″ (26″, 27.5″) and 90mL above that for large volume tyres and 29ers.
Let the sealant flow into your tyres and simply re-install your valve core, pump up your tyres to your desired PSI, and wahlah! No mess at all and no need to get worried about splashing goey stuff all over your place.. So there you go, it’s not that hard to get sealant into your tyres 🙂
So we’ve poured in the blue juice from last week and I’m hoping that it’ll save my ride if I ever get a flat again. I haven’t gotten any flats since then (not that I want to) but In the meantime, I’ll rest easy after seeing with my own eyes on how Joe’s can seal up nasty cuts.