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Author Topic: Talcum powder in the wheels  (Read 1534 times)

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Talcum powder in the wheels
« on: August 10, 2013, 02:42:31 AM »
 For a century or so a splash of talcum powder has been the standard anti friction/ anti chafe agent used between tire and inner tube.

 Throwing in a double splash at tire replacement time means extra talc on board and right where you need for slicking up the tire bead and rims flange when fixing flats on the road or trail.

 Handier and neater than packing a bar of soap in your tool bag.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #1 on: August 10, 2013, 03:45:38 AM »
Yep, use lots of talcum powder.  I got beat up for saying "baby powder" here.  Too unmanly for this crowd.  ;D
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #2 on: August 10, 2013, 04:22:00 AM »
I swear baby powder is way better than regular old talcum,,,makes my inner tubes smell nice too.  ;D
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #3 on: August 10, 2013, 12:10:17 PM »
I couldn't even find talcum powder - so baby powder is was for my tire change!  I used Windex to lube the tire, but why not use powder for that, too?

I wonder if there are any potential long term rust concerns using powder, which supposedly absorbs moisture?  In theory, the Windex eventually evaporates.

Now I can see I've got way too much free time...

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2013, 11:17:10 PM »
I vote baby/talcum powder.

 If it were problematic in any way it would not still be in use in Aviation tires.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2013, 12:01:34 AM »
I have certainly witnessed the difference it tube life between the chafing and antichaffing.
The talcum powder negates the necessity of putting a new tube in every time you get a new tire. I had the original tubes in with 4 sets of tires behind them when the bike crashed. The tires still held air! If they haven't been punctured and I don't see any chafed spots, I use the tubes for a longtime!
Replace them everytime? Poppycock!
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #6 on: August 13, 2013, 01:05:29 AM »
"... wheels" is not how I expected "Talcum powder in the..." to end.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #7 on: August 13, 2013, 12:30:47 PM »
I used baby powder for the first time (as per mentioned on this forum) when I installed my 705s.  Sure makes a mess at first, but the tube definitely seated better inside of the tire.  Especially when trying to maneuver the tube inside of the tire to get the valve stem lined up.  Seems like it almost eliminates pinch flats too.

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #8 on: August 13, 2013, 01:03:31 PM »
So talcum powder is made from talc. Is baby powder made from.........?

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #9 on: August 13, 2013, 01:26:04 PM »
So talcum powder is made from talc. Is baby powder made from.........?

Some of it is corn starch based. You don't want corn starch in your tire, it gets wet and turns into wallpaper paste.
Talc is what you want to use in a tire.
If all else fails use Gold Bond and save what's left over for your underwear. Still smells good when you take it off a few years later.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #10 on: August 13, 2013, 06:48:02 PM »
~use Gold Bond and save what's left over for your underwear. Still smells good when you take it off a few years later.~

:o

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #11 on: August 14, 2013, 12:18:58 AM »
What's underwear?  :o

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #12 on: August 14, 2013, 01:15:54 AM »
~use Gold Bond and save what's left over for your underwear. Still smells good when you take it off a few years later.~
:o

That's what I get writing something at work when 3 people are talking to me.
I was going to change it to read "when you take the tire off a few years later" but what the hell, it fits both ways I guess.

Arizoni, underwear is something you wear up here in the great white north to keep things close so they don't catch cold.

 
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #13 on: August 14, 2013, 01:23:12 PM »
That's what I get writing something at work when 3 people are talking to me.
I was going to change it to read "when you take the tire off a few years later" but what the hell, it fits both ways I guess.

Arizoni, underwear is something you wear up here in the great white north to keep things close so they don't catch cold.

 

Don't forget your LONG JOHNS/LONG UNDERWARE!  LOL    ;D  It's been a few years since I've had to wear those.  Thank God.

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #14 on: August 14, 2013, 01:59:58 PM »
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Don't forget your LONG JOHNS/LONG UNDERWARE!  LOL    ;D  It's been a few years since I've had to wear those.  Thank God.

Thought you lived in Denver! You ride without long johns? When I'm up in the mountains around here in the winter, you bet your bippy I do. I guess though I can remember riding in 25 degree weather in Wyoming with a t-shirt on occasionally when I was a kid. Didn't go very far.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #15 on: August 16, 2013, 03:59:42 AM »
Thought you lived in Denver! You ride without long johns? When I'm up in the mountains around here in the winter, you bet your bippy I do. I guess though I can remember riding in 25 degree weather in Wyoming with a t-shirt on occasionally when I was a kid. Didn't go very far.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #16 on: August 16, 2013, 09:05:27 AM »
I DO live in Denver now, BUT I lived in Wisconsin for 31 years before that!    ;D  People here think I'm crazy because I ride all winter long as long as there isn't snow/ice on the roads.  But I tell you what, after riding snowmobiles in -20F long enough you begin to adapt.  Or freeze your common sense off.  Either way.  ;D   I don't enjoy the cold, but it doesn't bother me here.  I do have a pair of flannel lined jeans that are very comfy in the mountains.  In the winter I usually wear a pair of fleece pajamas under my jeans and wear my ski parka with my winter riding gloves.

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #17 on: August 16, 2013, 12:47:54 PM »
It's not my common sense that I worry about freezing off when I ride in the cold...

Scottie... fleece pajamas while you're riding -  now that's a confident guy!  ;D

Hey!  UNDER the blue jeans...  Geesh!   ;)

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #18 on: August 16, 2013, 05:21:00 PM »
In other words, paisley long johns! ;)
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #19 on: April 26, 2014, 12:52:41 AM »
Unscented, medicated, powered talc can be found at your nearest billiard supply store.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #20 on: April 26, 2014, 02:55:16 PM »
Hopefully not made from babies.

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #21 on: April 26, 2014, 10:58:11 PM »
Unscented, medicated, powered talc can be found at your nearest billiard supply store.

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What's a billiard supply store?

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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #22 on: June 21, 2014, 12:39:40 AM »
It's where they sell pot passers for the fancy eatin' table.
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Re: Talcum powder in the wheels
« Reply #23 on: August 24, 2014, 03:35:33 AM »
Tire Talc---by performance,inc. Chapel Hill, NC---- Should be available in any high quality bicycle store -- I haven't had to buy any in years as it goes a long way --And yes, it really works.