No More NoMoreFlats

Jul 22, 2008
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I thought I learned my lesson about a year ago with MOOP one.I thought it was a fluke. Turns out it happened to my trike as well.

A word of advise. Do NOT use those solid rubber tubes on a wheel attached to your engine. In my experience a solid tube on a non motorized wheel (Front wheel on bikes that drive from the back) seems to do well.
I'll let the pictures do the talking here. Look at what happened to the spoke protector. It just wrapped up. Amazingly I rode about 5 miles home this way. Then after installing a slime tube on a new tire it rode so much better with far less rolling resistance.

Solid Tubes are NOT for these bikes,yo. It's good that you won't get a flat but if it does this and you are far from home you can ride home but you'll be throwing the dice on your rims.
 

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Technocyclist

Motorized Bicycle Senior Technologist
Jul 7, 2008
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I think kevlar belted tires are more appropriate for these motorized bicycles. I'm using Maxxis Overdrive...But there's another one I would like to try, the Schwalbe Big Apple. It's wider, 2.0 in.
 

Bikeguy Joe

Godfather of Motorized Bicycles
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Hmmmm, no more flats that go flat......imagine that.

Welcome to the world of American advertising.

Glad you didn't hurt yourself or your bike.
 

thatsdax

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I too have tried and tested the solid tubes. The handling is poor due to lack of side wall support. Feels like you are on ice when turning. I have since gone back to a thorn resistant tube lined with two older tubes. A total of 3 tubes in one tire. I get no more flats and handling is good. Doing this adds a lot of weight but the confidence of knowing I will get there and back is high. We have a lot of goats head thorns here in Colorado, and I have not had a flat yet using this method. I can just fly on my Titan putting as many as 70 miles a day with never a flat riding the pavement , trails, and where ever. IT works great !! Enjoy the ride...
 

MikeBike

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Oct 7, 2008
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it all depends on you type of tire you are using.

ok, if you get the standard tube(26" by 1.75") and you put them on a cruiser tire, i wont fit.

now these DONT ride good on MTN bike tires either.

ive only liked the ride if you get them in a "thin" tire, like a road bike. There really good on high pressure tire also.

there not all bad, its mostly the tires we normally choose.

26" cruiser or MTN bike tire ARE NOT made to go 40MPH, not alone for a long time. there best SAFELY rated for 25MPH at best.

now road tires, or "racing" tires are made to go at the speeds we like. and will take the abuse of we all do.

i agree with all of you, that there not proper for our bikes, but neither are the tires.
 
Jul 22, 2008
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I got a bit lazy and kept one of the solid tubes on one of my rear tires. Turns out this solid tube shook things around in back so much that it broke some welds on my fender! Then when I finally removed that monstrosity I find my tire ruined. My side-wall threads tore up all the way around the inside of the tire both sides enough where it's just all junk and pieces of rubber were all on the inside. So I salvaged a tire from my bike trailer,aired up a gel tube and OMG the difference. Air in your tires help TREMENDOUSLY and a bit of air to help rolling resistance makes a HUGE difference. It's so smooth now I really didn't realize just how much I was shaking.
My fender is fixed incidentally. Some L brackets,couple of holes and hardware it's not going anywhere.
 

xPosTech

The Old Master Motorized Bicycle Builder
Oct 23, 2008
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So if we see some MB with the rear rim with screws all around into the tires (like the dragsters using wrinkle-walls) we'll know they have No More Flat tubes in them?

Somebody gave me some Dean Martin LP's. Can I drill out the centers and use them as spoke protectors next to the sprockets?

Ted
 

KenX

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I too have tried and tested the solid tubes. The handling is poor due to lack of side wall support. Feels like you are on ice when turning. I have since gone back to a thorn resistant tube lined with two older tubes. A total of 3 tubes in one tire. I get no more flats and handling is good. Doing this adds a lot of weight but the confidence of knowing I will get there and back is high. We have a lot of goats head thorns here in Colorado, and I have not had a flat yet using this method. I can just fly on my Titan putting as many as 70 miles a day with never a flat riding the pavement , trails, and where ever. IT works great !! Enjoy the ride...
Those goat heads are tough. IMHO if they will stand up to those they will pretty well stand up to anything.
 

GearNut

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Aug 19, 2009
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Found this on ebay and I'm a little bit skeptical. Comments anyone?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Bicycle-Ant...602?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a86e04be2
I am skeptical to the point of saying do not buy it.
I read the description.
It is an experiment with Elmer's white school glue and webbed nylon strap. They want to sell you, admittedly, used nylon strapping and then procede to teach you how to paint it with school glue and label the end product a tire liner. Maby it would work? Maby not? They want you to tell them yes or no.
Do you feel like a guinea pig?

Get a Mr Tuffy liner. On all my bikes that I have installed them on, Mr Tuffys work very well. On my motorized bicycle I also use downhill racing inner tubes as well as a liner.
 

paintgun

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Oh I never intended to actually buy this. Just wondered about the idea. If it did actually work, I'm sure you could go to any hardware store and get the webbing yourself. And the glue can be got anywhere. And probably a lot cheaper than this guy wants.

I have looked into the Mr. Tuffy liners already. Thinking very seriously about them.
 

bluegoatwoods

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I'll bet some of you oldtimers remember the OP; Large Filipino. He was one of the good guys. Yet not a peep out of him in quite some time. SrDavo got in on this one as well. Another one of the good guys.

I remember others who could be pretty 'volatile'. And yet were still nice folks. But we don't hear from them.

It's kinda melancholy looking over these old threads.