One of our favorite bike events of the year is almost here: the Sea Otter Classic! Hosted in beautiful Monterey, CA, the Sea Otter Classic is a fantastic four-day event celebrating and promoting the cycling community.
SPOLIER ALERT: So this blog is not making the event team very happy right now, but our booth plans are so exciting that they need to be shared. It’s Slime’s 30th anniversary, and in celebration, we are throwing an Anniversary Party at Sea Otter. And you are all invited!
On Saturday, April 13, from 3 – 5 PM, be sure to stop by Slime booth #G29 for:
Can’t make it on Saturday? Don’t fear, there are a lot of other exciting happenings in the booth the rest of the event. Stop by any time to:
Did you bring your bike to the event? Use the Genuine Innovations Inflation Station to keep your tires fully inflated and get free tire sealant to prevent flat tires while you are at Sea Otter.
Sound exciting? We think so. We look forward to seeing you all in Monterey next week!
Back by popular demand! Slime and Genuine Innovations are celebrating the holidays with their annual 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway!
No gimmicks, no catches, just daily gifts to thank our amazing customers for their support this year.
Click this link to enter to win one of 12 gift packs below from Slime and Genuine Innovations. Simply fill out the form and you are entered!
One winner will be selected every day for 12 days beginning on December 3, 2018.
Day 1: Tire Inflator & Vacuum (2-in-1)
Day 2: Emergency Tire Repair Trunk Box
Day 3: (1) 8 oz. bottle of Slime Tubeless Premium Sealant, (1) roll of rim tape (Mountain) and (1) set of green aluminum valve stems
Day 4: AirChuck+ (Black/Silver) and (1) 20G Threaded CO2 2-pack
Day 5: Handheld Cordless Tire Inflator
Day 6: Flat Tire Repair Kit (Digital)
Day 7: Tubeless Tackle Kit and Side of Bacon
Day 8: Rugged Digital Tire Inflator
Day 9: Ultraflate and (1) 20G Non-Threaded CO2 2-pack
Day 10: (1) 8 oz. bottle of Slime Tubeless Premium Sealant, (1) roll of rim tape (Mountain) and (1) set of green aluminum valve stems
Day 11: Tire Inflator & Vacuum (2-in-1)
Day 12: Handheld Cordless Tire Inflator
Happy Holidays from Slime and Genuine Innovations!
Here at Slime, we love our line of Tubeless Sealant and Accessories! But don't take our word for it. Trust the seal of approval from Seth at Seth's Bike Hacks.
"There was a big opportunity for someone to solve all the problems with traditional tubeless sealant, and Slime nailed it. I don't need any of my hacks to get Slime Tubeless Sealant to work, it just does."
Here are his recommendations for great Slime bicycle gifts this holiday season:
Presta Valve Stems - Aluminum
Shed some grams and add some bling. These green anodized aluminum valve stems feature a conical grommet for solid valve hole contact and a tighter air seal. Sized 44mm in length and includes a removable valve core for versatility among different rim types.
Presta/Schrader Valve Core Tool
With a Schrader core remover on one end and a Presta remover on the other, you can’t go wrong with this zinc alloy valve core remover tool. Threads apart in the middle and contains two Presta cores with a rubber o-ring for a watertight closure.
Tubeless Premium Sealant
Slime's Premium Tubeless Sealant is everything you could want in a bike tire sealant. Protecting you from tears and slits, Slime's tubeless sealant is designed to stay liquid longer, seal faster, extend the lifespan of your tires and carry you farther.
Seth also had some recommended gift items for our sister brand, Genuine Innovations:
Tubeless Tackle Kit
One tubeless bicycle tire tool to rule them all. Compact and versatile, this is the ultimate tubeless tire repair tool. Never get stuck on the side of the trail again!
Side of Bacon
Feeling hungry after repairing those flats? Fill your plate with 20 of our top selling rope plugs! Plug pesky punctures in seconds and cycle confident for many rides to come. Eggs and toast not included.
As tubeless bicycles become more popular, so has the offering of tubeless bicycle sealants also increased. With more than a dozen to choose from, which one is the best tubeless bicycle sealant?
In its recently released tubeless sealant buyer's guide, Road Bike Action magazine reviews 12 of the latest tire sealants that you can find on the market. Spoiler alert: Slime was thrilled to find that it's new tubeless bicycle sealant placed No. 1! Check it out (click to enlarge)!
After returning from the Sea Otter Classic, I compared Slime’s new tubeless tire sealant against the Finish Line tire sealant. I knew my Stan's tire sealant was already dried in my mountain bike tires, so on Sunday morning, I took the tire off and cleaned out the dried tire sealant. I put about 4 oz. of Slime tire sealant in the front wheel and 4 oz. of Finish Line in the back wheel.
I usually ride three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday or Sunday morning). I have three different bikes, so I don't always ride the same bike. The one I ride the most often is my Santa Cruz Tallboy C, which is the one that I tested the tire sealant on. The test bed was for 29er wheels with tubeless-ready Mavic wheels and Continental X-King tires (2.3 in the front and 2.2 in the rear).
The tire setting was quick and easy. The beads went into place easily for both the front and rear tire since both tires and wheels are tubeless ready. There weren’t any major leaks that I could hear, so I went through the motions of making sure the tire sealant covered the entire tire.
Sunday: I checked on the tires and the front tire (Slime) was set and it did not lose any air, but the rear tire pressure was low (Finish Line) so I added some air and shook the tire again, in hopes that any leaks that may have been letting air escape would get sealed up with Finish Line tire sealant.
Monday: I checked on the wheels in the morning and the tire pressure was down on the rear tire again, so I added more air. On Monday evening after work, I checked on the tires again and the rear tire had lost about 10 psi, so I added more air and shook the Finish Line tire sealant again.
Tuesday: I checked on the tires again and the front tire was fine, but the rear had lost a little more air (less then what was lost on Monday). I figured I needed to shake the wheel again to let the sealant splash around to seal any leaks. After that, I went on a two-hour ride and everything held up without any issues on the ride.
Wednesday: In the morning, I checked on the bike wheels and rear tire was low again. This time, I washed the rear wheel and tire and I placed it in water to see if it was leaking air, and it was leaking air very slowly in several areas on the tire bead. The Finish Line tire sealant did not seal the small air leaks between the tire and the wheel.
I took the tire off to make sure the tire bead was clean and it was. I cleaned the tire bead and the rim again to make sure nothing was in the way of the tire setting on the wheel. I went ahead and set the tire and went through the same steps as I did to set the front tire. I shook the tire to make sure the tire sealant would splash all around and this time, I set the wheel on its side to make sure the tire bead had enough tire sealant to seal any air leaks. Wednesday night, I added more some air and I placed the wheel on the other side to make sure the bead would seal on the other side.
Thursday: It looked like it was better as I just lost about 5 psi in the rear tire. I added some air and shook the tire to make sure everything was sealed. Thursday evening, I checked on the tire and it was low, so I added some air and I went for a two-hour ride. During the ride the tire held up.
Friday: I checked on the rear tire and it was low on air again, so I shook the tire to get the sealant all around the tire and wheel. Friday night, the tire was low again, so I added more Finish Line to the tire sealant and pumped the tire, then shook it all around to make it would be able to seal the bead properly.
Saturday: On Saturday morning, the tire was low but I added some air and I went on a ride. My ride was for about four hours. Toward the end of the ride, I could feel the rear tire pressure was low so I stopped on the trail and I added air. The tire held up to finish the ride. I once again shook the rear tire to give the sealant a chance to seal the tire the wheel so it would stop losing air.
Sunday: I checked on rear wheel and again the tire was low. I added more air and placed the tire in water to find that it was leaking from several spots coming out from the tire bead.
Monday: At this point, I had given the rear tire several attempts to seal the air leak. Getting frustrated with this, I took the rear tire off the wheel and removed the Finish Line tire sealant from the wheel and tire and added Slime sealant. I checked on the rear tire to see if there is any air was leaking from the wheel and it was from the side tire bead. I shook the wheel around to get the tire sealant to cover the air leak and placed the wheel on its side.
Tuesday: I checked on the tire and it looked like it lost a little air, but I added some more air and left it on its side to make sure the sealant would cover the air leak. Tuesday evening, I came home and checked on the rear and the air pressure did not go down. I went on my ride and came home with no issues. Thursday morning, I checked on the rear tire and air pressure had stayed the same as Tuesday and it did not drop.
Looks like I won't be able to do a comparison of Slime and Finish Line tire sealant to see which will last longer and seal the air leaks. Or you can already say Slime tire sealant won, since Finish Line was not able to seal the small at leaks between the tire and wheel.
Slime recently released a new tubeless bicycle sealant and it is creating a lot of excitement in the cycling industry. But it is also creating a bit of confusion because Slime already offers a classic tubeless tire sealant that you put in ATVs, riding lawn mowers, tractors, trailers, etc.
Can I put the tubeless bike formula in my wheelbarrow? Can I put the ATV formula in my tubeless fat bike tires?
Slime's two tubeless sealants are both excellent products, but they are very different. And since this is the high season for Slime-ing your tires, we wanted to make sure to clear up any confusion between the two tubeless products. Read on to learn more about which tubeless you need:
Tubeless for non-highway vehicles:
Originally blended by hand with a power drill and a drywall blade in a garage, this tubeless tire sealant has been stopping flat tires in UTVs, lawn mowers, trailers and more since 1989.
Boasting our classic bright green Slime color, this blue label sealant is thick, with physical particles inside that mechanically seal punctures and stop slow leaks. It is designed to prevent flat tires for 2 years!
This sealant is not for bicycles because tubeless bike tires present different challenges than other tubeless tires (see more below).
Tubeless for bicycles:
Slime recently released an exciting new tubeless tire sealant specifically designed for tubeless bicycles. The different needs of tubeless bike tires, such as the butyl rubber tire casing, bead settings and tire pressures, resulted in a formula much different from the original tubeless one above.
A mint chocolate chip color, this new sealant is thinner than the blue label one and offers both a mechanical seal and a chemical seal. Since you are only using a small amount of sealant per tire, this tubeless sealant needs to be more mobile for full tire coverage and it needs to be able to properly seal the bicycle tire bead.
Wondering how Slime’s next generation tubeless sealant compares to the other tubeless competition on the market? Learn more here.
What about the old version of Slime Pro? That tubeless sealant was fine, but we have innovated significantly and the new tubeless sealant is awesomely better! (Also, on a side note, if you have tubes in your bicycle then don’t use any of these sealants. Look for the Slime red label prevent and repair sealant for tubes).
The good news? Both tubeless tire sealants contain Slime’s best features: Both work in extreme temperatures. Both are safe and easy to use. Both are environmentally friendly and clean up with water. Both last longer to ensure better puncture protection.
No more flats with Slime!
Here at Slime, we love the community we live in. That is why we partnered with the United Way of San Luis Obispo County to help give back to our local neighbors and friends in need. This year, every single Slime employee (100%!) volunteered to make a donation straight from our paychecks to United Way.
But it gets better. Our parent company, Illinois Tool Works (ITW), also wants to help us make a difference. So for every dollar raised for United Way, ITW doubles that donation dollar-for-dollar.
That means if someone gives $1, we can make it $3.
Give $5? Now it is $15.
This year, our Slime offices raised more than $56,600 for charity, which ITW upgraded to more than $170,000!
We have tried every fundraising idea we can think of - Paper airplane contests, bake sales, auctions, walk-a-thons, maker projects, dodgeball, egg drop, you name it! This year, we even put together a county-wide Casablanca Casino night.
Slime employees are working hard to make a difference in our community!
The Slime bicycling team just returned from the Sea Otter Classic 2018 in Monterey, CA and it was a terrific time!
The Slime booth was busy as we Slimed bicycles, jogging stollers and wheelchairs; assisted cyclists struggling with tubeless setups before their race; hosted cycling VIPs like Seth from Seth's Bike Hacks; and answered every flat tire question imaginable. But one of the best parts? Handing out our new tubeless sealant.
We gave out hundreds of free 4 oz. tubeless sealant samples over the four days of Sea Otter. After learning about the tubeless sealant's wider coverage and how it lasts longer than the other sealants on the market, attendees couldn't wait to get their hands on the stuff!
All in all, it was a great event filled with great people. It was very clear from the event that the cycling industry is healthy and vibrant. Best Sea Otter ever!
Check out some of our photos below:
We asked bicyclists: “If you could improve your tubeless bicycle sealant, what would you change?” The result is Slime's next generation in tubeless bicycle sealant:
• Lasts longer
• Wider coverage
• Works in extreme temperatures
And many more amazing features. Too many features to list in this blog post, so we created a cool webpage with videos, articles and more information about the tubeless sealant here.
Slime’s new tubeless bicycle sealant is designed to stay liquid longer, seal faster, extend the lifespan of your tires and carry you farther.
Take the tubeless challenge and Switch to Slime! Once you try our next generation tubeless bicycle sealant, you will never go back! For a limited time, you can try the sealant for FREE.
Cyclists and bike shops are the lifeline for innovation at Slime. We rely on feedback, suggestions and criticism from the bike community to drive the direction of our new bike product releases.
Communicating strictly through distributors sometimes means a loss of connection with our valued bike shops. Distributors must focus on an incredible wealth of brands, so we don't always hear what bike shops need and bike shops often do not hear about new product releases and improvements.
To improve this situation, we are pleased to announce a new online marketing portal called IBD Connect. Designed to help bike shops learn and sell more, IBD Connect is the new one-stop-shop for all your Slime product needs. Shop for product, get photos and videos to educate staff and consumers, and learn how to better merchandise in your store. Through IBD Connect, bike shops can:
Interested in signing up for IBD Connect (it's free!)? Watch this short video to learn how:
The real view from the field.