Adding Stan’s No Tubes Sealant to Tubes

Yes, I do realize the irony of the name of this post, adding No Tubes to tubes. It never sounded that odd until I saw it written out.

Stan’s No Tubes liquid latex-based sealant is the best proactive way to avoid flat tires on any bike, including road bikes. At our Ladies Night last night, a 2 oz bottle of this liquid magic was included in each of the 100+ goody bags for those that came. Originally intended for tubeless tires, we have found this very effective in tubes.

notubesbottleThis great stuff can be quickly and easily installed into a tube without making a mess.

  1. Make sure your presta valve has a removable core. All of the replacement tubes we sell have removable valves, but most of the bikes come with non-removable cores. Sealant can be added if you have a non-removable core although it is messy and difficult. I won’t explain how to do that today. Removable cores have flat sections that you can put a wrench on two sides, the threads are ground flat. In picture 1, this shows the flat sides.
  2. Remove the core from the valve using pliers, a wrench, or a valve core tools if you have one. I used a comically large adjustable wrench in the photo.
  3. After removing the valve core entirely, inspect that the valve stem is free from blockage.
  4. Add sealant to the tube. The mountain tube pictured gets 2 ounces of sealant per tube, a road tube takes 1 to 1 1/2 ounces.
  5. Reinstall the valve core and tighten sufficiently. Install the tube and pump up as usual. A tiny amount of sealant might leak out when you put a pump on it. Clean up any mess and it should be fine.
  6. Enjoy and celebrate your flat free experiences ahead! (Not pictured)

Installing Sealant in a Presta Valve

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