Boyd Cycling Tickled Pink Tubeless Sealant
Words & Photos by Chili Dog
Tubeless sealant has all but replaced the inner tube, and these milky concoctions are vital to keeping trail time free from flats. In just a few years we’ve gone from a 50% chance of sealant success to a veritable buffet of options that work. Boyd Johnson, former pro roadie turned wheel manufacturer, saw an opportunity to throw his own special sauce in the ring.
While the man behind Boyd Cycling’s Tickled Pink sealant was understandably tight-lipped as to their exact recipe. He did say that it took countless months of tinkering with the mixture and ratios to finally land on the formulation. Boyd produces the sealant in-house at their South Carolina headquarters and uses only all-natural ingredients. When it comes to tubeless sealant, balancing the exact ratio of sealers is not only vital, but has a profound impact on the usability and effectiveness of the end product. Add too much of the vital hole plugging ingredients and the sealant gums everything up, is hard to work with and quickly congeals into a big mess. On the other hand use too little, and you won’t effectively seal a puncture.
Before using Tickled Pink, my high mark for tubeless juice was Stan’s Race Sealant. After meeting Boyd at a bike event in Utah a few months back, he sent me home with a couple bottles to try out for myself. I was excited to see how it would do on my rocky hometown trails. I used one 8-ounce bottle on my first test set of tires as Boyd recommends 4 ounces per tire. After inflating my testers, I was pleased to see the set up held air for the first week before I was actually able to get out on my first test ride.