I am starting this blog post over from scratch…
Okay, so I have wanted to buy this for such a long time and I finally bought it at Wal-Mart, my favorite store (that was sarcasm). They were the only ones who sold them for $20. I was going to get it on Amazon because of how much I hate going in Wal-Mart, but Amazon wanted $30 plus shipping. Screw that! So I bit the bullet and we went to Wal-Mart.
I didn’t try to install it right away because I was still nursing a broken arm. My arm was all healed up, but it still hurt. I think I waited a week or week and a half before finally attempting it and it was not easy at all. I tried soapy water, but that didn’t work because I didn’t drench it with soapy water. I tried 2 other methods which one didn’t work and the other did, but the tube wasn’t in all the way like it should, and it popped the tire out on both sides. I had a hell of a time getting the tire back in and scratched the hell out of the rim and even punctured the tire bead where it is supposed to fit into the rim. Big mistake. Now if I want to switch to a regular tube I won’t be able to because the tire has metal wires in it that are sticking out, so that will definitely put holes in the tube. I was thinking about returning the No-Mor flats, but naturally I crumbled up and tossed the receipt that same day and that was weeks ago, so it’s long gone.
I did what I should have done the first time and that was Googling for videos on how to install it. I didn’t find any videos, but I did find an “Instructable” where the guy was saying how easy it is and gave detailed instructions on how to do it. My arms were (and still are) too sore to attempt it again, so I put the tube back in it’s box and put the tire and rim in the patio for a few days. I just attempted it again by soaking the heck out of both the tire and the tube and I am still having trouble getting it in. It’s just not working for me. If this was as easy as that guy claims, then perhaps he needs to come install it for me lol.
Well, I have had this bike since 2004 and I think I am ready for a new one. I’ve sunk so much money into this bicycle and it’s just a real pain in my ass. It’s… get ready for this… a Wal-Mart bicycle. Yes, I bought it at Wal-Mart way back when I didn’t know how homophobic they were. So, I think what I will do is keep the tube and perhaps sell it on ebay or my Etsy page for $15 and call it slightly used, since I basically didn’t really use it, I just tried installing it and it didn’t work, but it’s REALLY clean with all the soapy water I put on it lol.
My birthday is coming up, so I think I want to get a cruiser at Target. I know, you get what you pay for, yada yada yada… But Target is a good store and the bicycles are Huffy, and that is a brand I have been familiar with since I was a kid. I have more faith in Huffy than I do with the bike I have now. The cruisers are $104 to $139 which isn’t too bad. Of course I don’t have that much money to spend on well, anything actually, so I will have to set aside half of the money in June and pay for the rest in July. It will be a late birthday present.
Whoever heard of someone buying their own present? Screw that, I’m gonna ask for it and see who gets it for me LOL.
If anyone ever asked me if it’s worth it to buy the Bell No-Mor Flats tube, I would simply say NO! But if you must have one, buy mine LOL.