Trailside Flat Repair Question...

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  • clark4131

Posted March 18, 2006 - 05:18 PM


I recently had the opportunity to do a flat repair during a ride when I was hell and gone from my trusty Harbor Freight tire changer and related goodies. The biggest issue I had was trying to come up with some sort of bead lube. We tried water, but that just made mud under the wheel. Thankfully, it was a front tire, so the tire went back on a bit easier than if it were a rear. But, the whole ordeal got me to thinking about carrying some sort of small container with some bead lubricant. I thought about a small aerosol can of lubricant like WD-40 or TriFlow, but the idea of carrying a miniature bomb in my Camelbak was a little disconcerting, plus I don't like to use any petroleum-based lubricants to mount my tires, if I can avoid it.

I did some googling and couldn't really come up with anything that was tool-kit friendly, so I'm working on my own concoction. I'm trying to figure out something that is in relatively solid form that will go on like a tube of chapstick, but will be water soluble and provide good lubrication at the same time. I've got a few good ideas, but do you all think something like that would be marketable? If I can make a few bucks off of my ingenuity, why not, right? If it works out, I'll sell it to TT'ers for cost. Lemme know your thoughts...SC

  • Indy_WR450

Posted March 18, 2006 - 06:25 PM


Just carry a cheap hotel mini soap bar with you! :thumbsup: Soap and water is very slick! :thumbsup:

  • mkporn

Posted March 18, 2006 - 08:02 PM


Your riding a bike with a quart or more oil in it.... Little dippy doo out of the motor and you are good to go if you actually need lube. It will not kill your bike if you use 2 teaspoons... :thumbsup:

  • creeky

Posted March 18, 2006 - 08:27 PM


I carry a small plastic tube of Goop or GO-JO hand cleaner, it works great to lube the tire beads as well as cleaning greasy hands.

  • mjslim

Posted March 18, 2006 - 09:05 PM


How about a small squeeze container with a little bit of powdered soap or a dribble of liquid detergent - just add water, shake, and squirt.
Hey Steve, if you use this idea and make a million bucks you owe me a beer...............

  • dl19

Posted March 18, 2006 - 10:00 PM


Hit your local tire store. Ours is Les Schwab, and fill a small squeeze bottle with their tire lube. We buy a lot of tires, and so they give us what we want for free, but at the most maybe a buck for a small bottle. Don't use a squirt bottle, but a normal twist top style. Simply use water to wipe it off if you want before airing tire up. It sticks and makes less of a mess then soap and water (next best thing). Best stuff around period.

  • black_n_blue_thumper

Posted March 18, 2006 - 11:07 PM


I was hell and gone from my trusty Harbor Freight tire changer and related goodies.

Does that Harbor Freight changer work pretty good. I was looking at that. I bought one of their hydraulic :thumbsup: motorcylce tables and love it, with a few minor mods of course.

  • mjslim

Posted March 18, 2006 - 11:23 PM


Does that Harbor Freight changer work pretty good. I was looking at that.

Yes, please elaborate. Need another excuse to go to good ol' Harbor Freight. Ah, there's nothing like the smell of them far eastern tools..................just what kind of funky chemicals they use over there? Come to think of it, I've never seen so much as an ant or any other live insect within 100 feet of their building :thumbsup:

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  • dl19

Posted March 18, 2006 - 11:31 PM


That is because most of their stuff comes from China and they still use DDT. Not knocking Harbor Freight as I just received their 10 ton porta power.

  • clark4131

Posted March 19, 2006 - 07:16 AM


It works OK. The biggest problem I found is that I can't clamp the wheel down tight enough to keep it from turning during tire mounting/removal. I'm working on a solution...SC

  • ncampion

Posted March 19, 2006 - 07:51 AM


For tire lube, go to local auto parts and get some of the little packets of waterless hand cleaner that they sell. They're perfect for a fanny pack and you can use them to lube the tire and clean your hands after!

  • farkawi

Posted March 19, 2006 - 09:18 AM


Camel tire lube is good stuff. I've only seen it in gallon sized tubs with a swab that is used with water to lube the tire. You could scoop out a small amount and carry it in your tire bag in a plastic container and leave the tub next to your HF tire changer. BTW, I have the HF tire changer without the M/C attachment. I just use it to break beads on street bike wheels. The old standby bucket and tire irons are what I still use to change tires.

  • simon@vic

Posted March 19, 2006 - 08:14 PM


was it that bad? i have changed way to many on the side of the trail and haven't found it to be hard.

what tire was it? and how old?

  • bageera

Posted March 20, 2006 - 08:44 AM


Another solution is a small flask shaped plastic squeeze bottle from REI... Fill it with baby powder. Use it on your tire to slip the bead, and make your "Superman" underware and boots feel and smell good as well.

  • Rider1958

Posted March 20, 2006 - 11:47 AM


I use the tiny can of WD-40, and use duct tape around the top of the lid and can to make sure it doesn't come off and turn into a "Bomb" as you said. Not only is it great for reinstalling the tire, it's great to have chain lube with you when your chain gets dry.

  • hankdog

Posted March 20, 2006 - 01:51 PM


I carry a little squeeze bottle of liquid camp soap that I bought at a local outdoor store for about 97 cents. After I fix the tire, I can wash my hands with H2O from my camelback!


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