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Old 28 Jun 2008
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Tyre Balls ?

I see people have discused mooses for tyres but what about tyre balls has anyone tried these or are they also more for competition and of little use over extended periods ?
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Now you've done it!!

I asked this very same question a long time ago.. and got a bit of a telling off... aparently there are much better producst on the market.


Funny thing is - no-one EVER answered my BALLS question - so I'm assuming its cos no-one has actual experience.

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I have PHONED the company up, because this seems like the PERFECT solution for us... and they were (obviously) full of praise for the product.... (not much objectivity can be expected though)

ONE THING that has scuppered the idea a little, is that the balls can not be used for long stretches at speeds more than 60mph... due to heat.

SOoooo - if you're going to do MAINLY offroad riding - and the tarred bits for short and slow periods... they will be ideal.

HOWEVER --- I AM STILL SEEKING THE XT GIRLS PUNCTURE NIRVANA and will report back as soon as Tyre Balls send us some freebies, so we can try them for ourselves. : )

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HOWEVER --- I AM STILL SEEKING THE XT GIRLS PUNCTURE NIRVANA and will report back as soon as Tyre Balls send us some freebies, so we can try them for ourselves. : )
Mousses, tyre balls, slime, rhino spunk and all the other products all have their uses but ultimately, you just need to be confident and practiced at changing tubes. Fit good quality heavy duty tubes and carry a couple of spares and a patch kit and you'll be sorted for ages.

Bead breakers and long levers are all fine for use in your workshop but you need to practice changing tyres with the equipment you will have with you. I find the "spoon" levers the easiest to use and also have a valve stem puller.

If you can stash a bit of ally tube or broomstick to keep as a prop to hold the bike up then it's even easier.
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Cheers XTGIRL for the link. and Big Yellow for the info. I can see a use for these and if it means going slower and lighter then maybe thats a good thing, more time to enjoy the scenery. As for mending punctures yeah I can do it but I dont enjoy it so if there is a good alternative then I'm interested.

My wifes mini has runflats they may cost a bit more and make the ride harder but it means she can get the car home without being stuck on or at the side of a dangerous road. That has to be progress.
I work on the roads and the hard shoulder is a very dangerous place to be messing around changing tyres. Yes they do sometimes still fail but generally only if you hit debris in the road.

I am off to wimbledon to see if they can spare me some balls please !
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