I'm writing you to let you know the CO2 and tube Billy Brendan provided me saved my butt!!! I was riding with a friend up in the Zuni Hills in New Mexico a few weeks ago. As we were screaming down this nice easy single track, a thick broken tree branch laying in the middle of the trail rolled up into my back rim. Big-time damage!
Luckily, I was fine, not even a scratch, but my rear derailleur and rear rim were not so lucky. The small branch snapped four of my spokes, ripping one spoke completely out from the rim and creating this big gaping hole. Stan's liquid EVERYWHERE!
So to recap, I was about seven miles into a 14-mile single track up in the middle of nowhere, the sun was setting, it looked like a bear had eaten my rim and derailleur, and I had an unrepairable chain (it snapped as well).
Thank God! Billy had provided me with CO2 and a spare tube at a recent event. I thought if I could at lease get the bike rolling, I could skateboard on one pedal and glide my way back to the trail head before it got too dark. I'll be honest, I was worried that the tube would not hold up. There was small jagged aluminum edges inside the rim along with the big gaping hole where the spoke was ripped out.
I consciously placed the tube in the rim and tire, then filled it up with CO2. So far no leaks! I started my seven mile hike with a combination of gliding where I could, and running with my bike at my side. I've got to say, man, I was really impressed with the tube and I'm now a believer. I was able to get back to the trail head about 9 PM. Would've been a lot worse had the tube failed.
I will always have this memory tied to Slime tubes/CO2. I am now a consumer for life! Thanks again buddy, I hope to see you at my next event soon!
Sedona, Arizona hosts some of the nation’s best bike trails, boasting more than 250 miles of prime singletrack trails tailored to both beginning and advanced riders. In addition to this wide array of routes set against a beautiful desert backdrop, Sedona is also home to an awesome bike shop called the Bike & Bean.
Offering bikes, apparel and accessories, Sedona’s oldest bike shop also features a coffee bar, a repair shop, a ton of rental bikes (all tubeless) and a wealth of espresso-infused cycling knowledge.
Slime West Coast Marketing rep, Billy Brenden, had the opportunity recently to stop in and meet the Bike & Bean team. “You know you’re in an interesting bike shop when you ask an employee what role they play in the shop and he responds, “I’m a mechanic and barista,” said Billy.
While in the shop, Billy had an excellent iced coffee made by Cody and an insightful chat with lead tech Scott, Cody and the local sheriff about the extensive bike trails. “The staff knows the trail system really well, guiding people to trails that meet their ability,” continued Billy.
Headed out to Arizona? Consider making the Bike & Bean your base camp. Let them help you plan your route, including local intelligence on current trail conditions and insight into ride time expectations (as well as a strong cup of java). You can be assured the Slime van will be stopping by next time it passes through town.
–Billy Brenden, West Coast Marketing Rep
Big thanks to Cam at this year's Mohican 100 MTB race. The night before the race, my wife heard air leaking from my rear tire, which was set up with Stan's sealant. I had noticed the tire weeping from several tiny pinholes, but at this point it was failing to seal this particular hole fully (I had freshened the sealant within the prior two weeks).
Looking for bike shops in the Loudonville, OH area, I found one several miles out of town, and worse yet, closing sooner than I could get there. I was hoping to find a new tire. I remembered someone selling tires near race check-in, however there was nothing close to suitable.
I walked a few feet down to the Slime setup and met Cam. Not realizing how new the Slime tubeless product is, I already had some confidence based on brand recognition. I was sure it would do a better job than my Stan's. Cam went over a few of the finer points and benefits of the product. I picked out what I wanted to buy -- an 8 oz. tube of sealant, a 20g CO2 cartridge, and a new cartridge valve -- except Cam wasn't there to sell me anything.
I followed Cam's instructions to thoroughly clean the tire of Stan's before using the Slime. The tire seated quickly and I didn't notice any weeping from the many small holes that were previously leaking. It took me a while to find the spot on the tire that had been leaking, and the Slime made quick work of sealing that up.
The tire held full pressure overnight and I raced 70 rugged miles with no issues whatsoever. I will have some leftover Stan's for sale, because I'm a Slime convert now. Thanks Cam and Slime.
The real view from the field.