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I knew something was up on the ride home as the wheel started feeling strange.  Sure enough, as soon as I started pumping air in the tire, I found the puncture.  I’ve never patched a puncture on a tubeless tire before, so any help is appreciated.

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Tubeless is not straightforward to patch up. I guess you need visit the distributor/seller to replace a new tire?

Just out of curiosity, is there any tubeless fluid inside? it should 'heal' the puncture if it is not too bad.

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8 minutes ago, houseofjob said:

Can't say I'm totally familiar with the tubeless patching process either, but....:

 

Yet these kind of punctures are unlikely to ever happen on our weeks. Has anyone ever reported this kind of a puncture on a wheel?

Due to our low weight and speed, the only punctures we get are from thorns, staples, etc. Small stuff.

The rubber on our Z10 tires is tough stuff, and thick. I'm going to venture that I won't get a flat, just like I've never gotten a flat on my Monster (the tire is super beefy).

If I ever do get a puncture, I will use Tubeless Slime to fix it.

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28 minutes ago, JBoo said:

I knew something was up on the ride home as the wheel started feeling strange.  Sure enough, as soon as I started pumping air in the tire, I found the puncture.  I’ve never patched a puncture on a tubeless tire before, so any help is appreciated.

Do you know what caused the puncture? I'm really surprised.

I don't have a picture so I don't know how big the puncture is. My plan is to fill the tire with Tubeless Slime. Certainly that will be simpler than any other approach you may be considering.

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3 minutes ago, JBoo said:

I commute through a construction area, and I’m pretty sure I must have hit a nail or screw that came out some time latter.

Construction areas are the worst, they just dump all kinds of stuff on the street. :angry:

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1 hour ago, JBoo said:

Here’s a picture

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That is a gnarly puncture. Are you going to try Slime or a physical repair. I'd love to know how Slime works with this wheel. The product literature says it repairs tears and slits up to a 1/4-inch. Keep us appraised on how it goes.

Bummer for sure. Hopefully this will be your last puncture for this wheel.

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12 hours ago, JBoo said:

Here’s a picture

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Thanks for the picture.  That doesn't look like a round object made it, more like a piece of glass or metal.  If it was a screw you would have heard it hitting the concrete every revolution of the tire.  Probably slime it first, if it won't seal you have to try plugging it.

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15 minutes ago, Marty Backe said:

That is a gnarly puncture. Are you going to try Slime or a physical repair. I'd love to know how Slime works with this wheel. The product literature says it repairs tears and slits up to a 1/4-inch. Keep us appraised on how it goes.

Bummer for sure. Hopefully this will be your last puncture for this wheel.

I’ve got both slime and a puncture kit ordered, but I’m going to try Slime first as it is way less intensive as you said.  Oh well, I’ve gone 5000 miles without a flat, just sucks it happened on the new wheel.

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12 minutes ago, JBoo said:

I’ve got both slime and a puncture kit ordered, but I’m going to try Slime first as it is way less intensive as you said.  Oh well, I’ve gone 5000 miles without a flat, just sucks it happened on the new wheel.

Slime can often be found locally. I know that Harbor Freight and Pep Boys sells it. Probably lots of other places too.

5000-miles is awesome. I've had many flats in about the same period. Slime has fixed all but the last one.

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18 minutes ago, Dingfelder said:

Slime is at Walmart in both the auto and bike sections, and on Amazon too, and some hardware stores.  Maybe even some sporting goods stores?

Of course Amazon probably isn't local ;)

I do notice that the auto stores tend to carry the tubeless, variety which is needed for the Z10.

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24 minutes ago, Dingfelder said:

I'm not sure why the local part matters unless he needs to get on his wheel immediately.  He didn't mention it.

Are you kidding? :)  A new barely used Z10 and he's supposed to wait a handful of days for some Slime to arrive?

Man, I'd be driving all over California to get what I needed so that I could get back to riding ASAP.

I guess we all have different priorities :whistling:

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6 hours ago, houseofjob said:

Can't say I'm totally familiar with the tubeless patching process either, but....:

 

That's what the tire pros here call a camel shit patch. They usually dont advice using them, at least in cars. Had a screw in my car tire incident and ended up having to buy a new tire.

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3 hours ago, Marty Backe said:

Are you kidding? :)  A new barely used Z10 and he's supposed to wait a handful of days for some Slime to arrive?

Man, I'd be driving all over California to get what I needed so that I could get back to riding ASAP.

I guess we all have different priorities :whistling:

Gotta love your enthusiasm, Marty!

I sometimes feel the same way when getting a new spice or gardening or RV idea to try out.  

My EUC/unicycle experience has been constantly buffered by injury or other factors, so I've long since tamed the ants in my pants.

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The good thing is that tubeless tires can be fixed/patched from the outside with a plug and without removing the tire from the rim. Much less hassle than with a tubed tire. Haven't done it in a long time and never on a bicycle or EUC, so I would go back to youtube myself to check it out.

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21 hours ago, Marty Backe said:

That is a gnarly puncture. Are you going to try Slime or a physical repair. I'd love to know how Slime works with this wheel. The product literature says it repairs tears and slits up to a 1/4-inch. Keep us appraised on how it goes.

Bummer for sure. Hopefully this will be your last puncture for this wheel.

Tire slime did the trick, thanks for the help everyone!

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11 minutes ago, JBoo said:

Tire slime did the trick, thanks for the help everyone!

Great! :cheers:

Now, can you do me (us) a favor and provide a few details? :popcorn:

  • You did use the Tubeless Slime?
  • Any difficult getting the valve core out since access to the valve stem is not great? Any tips on removing the core and getting Slime into the tire?
  • What tool did you use to remove the valve core? My core remover is small and I wouldn't be able to use it, I think.
  • How much Slime did you add to your tire? I would guess 6 to 8 ounces.

Thanks.

 

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7 minutes ago, justanut said:

Grrr.. I just came back with a puncture too.. found a thumbtack stuck in the wheel.. started leaking the moment i pulled it out.. so i plugged it back in for now.. why.......??? ??? First puncture in years of Cycling / Wheeling..

Do u think I could use something like this? https://www.lazada.sg/products/tirecare-bicycle-sealant-puncture-preventive-solution-tube-tubeless-tubular-tyres-tires-i105925830-s107562428.html

Not sure if I will be able to remove the core through that small hole in the casing though..

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9 minutes ago, justanut said:

Do u think I could use something like this? https://www.lazada.sg/products/tirecare-bicycle-sealant-puncture-preventive-solution-tube-tubeless-tubular-tyres-tires-i105925830-s107562428.html

Not sure if I will be able to remove the core through that small hole in the casing though..

Why not just use Slime like @JBoo did?  Hopefully he'll get back to use with a few more details.

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