A little while back I was in contact with a company that is producing a product called wheel goo. They very kindly sent me their product asking me what I thought. That was a little while ago and for very good reason. To truly know whether a puncture sealant works you need to try it for a long time. 6 months later and here we are and the first thing to report is that the test bike is puncture free. Wheel goo’s premise is simple. Take any standard inner tube, remove the valve (with the tool provided) fill with wheel go, inflate then ride. And that is exactly what I did.
I used the communal family bike as the test candidate for simple reasons. The first is that it runs schrader valves. This to me was important as I have experience with running presta wheels tubeless so the act of filling the tube would be of interest. The second reason is probably the most important and that is because less time misspent ensuring the tyres are properly pumped up. This means that it is more likely to pinch puncture and that would be a better test for the goo.
Using the tool to remove the valve was simple and straight forward. Although Wheel Goo suggest using a new tube I found no problems in removing valves from old tubes.
Getting the goo into the tube was going to be the acid test. It needed to be simple and straight forward. I have been caught too many times trying to fill tubeless tyres with latex whilst trying to get the tyre back on the rim. Wheel goo is supplied with a clever attachment that fits on to the bottle and when attached to your pump allows you to use the air pressure to force the wheel goo into your tube. I found it a little tricky when using the track pump but once I had dug out the trusty hand pump it was a simple job.
Reinserting the valves proved a little more fiddly than removing them but this is not wheel goo’s fault. More of an issue with the valve design. Re inflating the tyres was straight forward.
I used Wheel Goo on a relatively heavy bike which in turn had heavy wheels. This meant I did not notice the additional weight that adding Wheel Goo to your tubes makes. I am sure that you would on a TT bike but that is not the point. Wheel Goo is for reliability not performance.
The biggest challenge with Wheel Goo is not Wheel Goo but it’s competitors. Buying two new tubes and then filling them with Wheel Goo is comparable to buying pre goo’d tubes. But again this is somewhat missing the point. I think Wheel Goo has a very strong place in the non standard tube market. My sons run 14 and 20 inch wheels respectively. This means for one bottle of Wheel Goo I can do both bikes and as I do not carry spare tubes for them when riding it gives me peace of mind. What else could wheel go be used for then? How about puncture free buggies? A bottle of wheel goo could not only puncture proof yours but would stretch to the whole baby group. Then you have wheel barrows, kids go carts etc. Apply some lateral thinking to the product and you have a solution to a number of products.
I think a 7/10 would be fair. The air pump connection is the fiddly bit if using a large pump and the price being comparable to pre goo’d tubes there is additional work. However this is a well designed product that kept the hack bike puncture free for 6 months and would keep the kids bike running for longer I suspect. I look forward to it coming to a shop near me soon! Or you can buy from Wheel Goo here direct
What’s in the stand: A new (to us) Islabike Cnoc 16. Having a spit and polish before Father Christmas trys to shove it down the chimney!