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Old 04-29-21, 09:49 PM
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Tubeless for Clydes?

Been several months it seems since this has been brought up, and as tubeless becomes more popular how are Clydes doing with tubeless tires?
I am considering changing but not sure if with Clydes we should stick to tubes.
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Hopefully Clydes of 250 or more answer. Clydes that are 6'3 and 201 lbs hardly seem like Clydes to me.

Will be interesting to see the responses. Me? I refuse to go tubeless. Heck, still riding 9 speed and refuse to change that too. As long as I can find parts, and I do fairly easy, I will not change so tubeless isn't even a consideration to me.

Though I know a few riders who went tubeless and have several problems, even at lower weights of 160. So I'm hoping the BIG guys answer.
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I don't have any problem with the theory of going tubeless. But I don't ride bikes with narrow tires, to avoid pinch flats. My present bike is a fat bike, and it is the best for heavy riders, particularly as I also ride on a lot of rough tracks. It would be very difficult to seal the bead on a fat bike, so I stay with tubes. I run tubeless sealant in tubes.
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I’ve been on road tubeless since ‘13, back when I was around 230lbs and currently have five bikes running tubeless and weigh 258lbs. I just got back from a 53 mile ride on 23c tubeless on 19.5mm internal rims, running at 100psi front and 110psi rear. I have another roadie running the same, my winter roadie running 28c on 18.4mm internal, a gravel rig running 650bx48, and a racy gravel rig running 700x38. Pressures aren’t typically lower than 50psi for the 650 wheelset, and higher for the rest. Aside from the typical setup hassles, they’ve all been great and I can’t think of any weight-related issues or complaints.
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Been running tubeless since I was ~360lbs (now about 270). It's my preferred way of running tires.

The tire to rim combo is super important for us IMO, as I've ran 50mm tires on 19mm internal rims and they feel like noodles compared to a 23mm rim at similar pressures.
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I've helped people trying to repair a tubeless tire. What a mess and you are back to tubes if you can't figure out where the hole is. I run 32mm tires on one of my gravel road bikes. I weigh 260lbs. I don't get rim strikes because I don't ride as fast as I once did. I run those tires at 95psi and the bike is quite comfortable on gravel roads. Another issue is that way too many riders depend on CO2 cartridges and I can't tell you how many I've had to lend my old school portable bicycle tire pump to because they ran out of CO2. So I keep it clean and easy with tubes and old fashioned bicycle pumps.
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Originally Posted by dkyser View Post
Been several months it seems since this has been brought up, and as tubeless becomes more popular how are Clydes doing with tubeless tires?
I am considering changing but not sure if with Clydes we should stick to tubes.
I've got about 22,000 miles on tubeless tires on several different bikes over the last 2 and a half years or so. In that time I've had exactly one puncture that did not seal on its own. I was able to limp about three miles home without making the call of shame. And that's when I was running Stan's Race sealant. Since changing to Orange Seal, I've had zero punctures that did not seal. I've run everything from maximum inflation to as low as 55 PSI on 32mm Continental GP5000TL tires and Specialized Roubaix Pros.

Judging by the sealant boogers all over the tires over the 3500 mile life (or more) of my tires I have dozens of punctures that seal themselves. In fairness these are mostly from radial tire wires. Small puctures, and not huge glass tears or anything like that.

Edited to add my Clyde qualifications. Weight has been between 230 pounds and 265 pounds.
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I have a love / hate relationship with tubeless setup. Setting them up can be a little bit of a pain but once that is over I like the fact I can ride at a lower pressure without worrying about pinch flats. I'm 6' and about 265lbs and I keep one bike (Specialized Diverge) with 2 sets of wheels (30mm with road tires and 42mm gravel). Both set up tubeless. I have never had a gravel tire mishap with tubeless so for gravel they get an A+, for road riding I am not 100% convinced. The 2 tubeless failures I had were both while road riding when I ran over a sharp rock or something (road shoulder are full or crap around here) that caused a 1/4 gash in the tire. The sealant wouldn't close something that large and they gashes were too big for any plug I had with me, so I had to put a tube in...... YUK! what mess. Makes me think of going back to tubes for road for ease of tube change.
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