Useful Stuff: Instant Tubeless Repair with the Ryder Slug Plug

The modern tubeless setup is generally more robust than the old inflatable tube setup but is not a 100% flat-proof system.

When riding a tubeless setup you will need a tubeless repair kit with you to plug holes that are too big for the sealant to congeal in and close. The Slug Plug is an ultra-compact tubeless repair system that is fully encased in a safe capsule. It is designed to be pre-loaded, in other words, the plug itself can be threaded into the needle and is then always ready-to-use which makes the tubeless repair process virtually instant.



THE DETAILS

  • A fully enclosed and safe capsule
  • Stainless steel needle
  • Built-in valve core remover
  • Includes 10 seal strips
  • Easily stores in pockets, packs and on the Ryder Slyder System
  • Weight: 12 grams
  • RRP: Approximately R79
  • rydercycling.co.za


HOW DOES IT WORK?

Ryder Slug Plug on editorial shoot for Bike Network by Myles Kelsey in Cape Town South Africa.
The Slug Plug is supplied with five small and five big plugs. Select the plug size needed, peel it from the case and open the Slug Plug to load it. [This is the pre-loading that you can do prior to use which speeds up the repair time immensely.]
Ryder Slug Plug on editorial shoot for Bike Network by Myles Kelsey in Cape Town South Africa.
Thread the plug through the needle eye until it is halfway through then fold it around the needle [as shown below].
Ryder Slug Plug on editorial shoot for Bike Network by Myles Kelsey in Cape Town South Africa.
With the plug threaded and folded you are essentially ‘loaded’ and ready to plug any holes or cuts. You can also now replace the safety cap and store the Slug Plug until such time as you need it.
Ryder Slug Plug on editorial shoot for Bike Network by Myles Kelsey in Cape Town South Africa.
To repair the puncture, line the needle up on the cut or hole and quickly stab and twist the needle all the way into the hole and then immediately pull it out. The plug will remain behind inside the tyre and seal the hole. No adhesive is needed. You might need to spin the wheel a bit to help the sealant completely close the hole.


TIPS

  • It’s a ‘one-shot’ action. Or a quick stab.
  • The needle length is optimized on the Slug Plug so be sure to push it all the way in and then release it.
  • The strip/slug will seal the hole as you remove the needle.
  • If you need an intermediate size plug you can wind two of the smaller plugs together before threading into the needle.
  • It’s a good idea to trim some of the excess off when you get home but don’t trim it too short.
  • You can usually ride plugged [repaired] tyres for a long time but it’s probably not the best idea to race on them.


OUR VERDICT

Since we started using the Slug Plug we have had a 100% success rate [on the first attempt!] when repairing flats. It’s a tidy, safe and easy-to-use repair kit.


Ryder products are designed, manufactured and tested in South Africa. The company is 20 years old and the brand is available in rad bike shops all over the globe.

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