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Tubeless Tire Interval Training Secret!

Old 10-19-14, 06:29 PM
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Tubeless Tire Interval Training Secret!

I could make millions selling a DVD, but as payback for all the excellent advice on this sub-form I'm willing to share gratis. If anyone feels obligated to send a few bucks my way (I'm retired) PM me and we can work through Paypal.

I'll cut to the chase: the essence of the secret is ignoring maintenance combined with a total failure to read the directions. My trusty front tire has been flat free for a long, long time. Not only can't I remember the last time I added sealant, but I know with a certainty that I never shook the bottle upside-down. Apparently those little micro/nano particle suckers do settle out so when you add "sealant" without following directions you're actually adding something akin to white-colored water.

Emulate my dis-direction and take a longish ride with little or no CO2 and a spare tube you don't trust. Get a flat. Pump up with your road bike micro-pump and ride like the dickens until the tire goes flat. Rinse and repeat. I got a great workout today having to pump up every 4 miles or so on a 16 mile return leg.

My clue should have been a prior slow leak in my rear tire which resolved completely by reading these same directions: shake well upside-down. In my dotage I wasn't able to apply this new-found wisdom to the front tire. I paid the price today, but got in a great workout.
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Old 10-19-14, 06:35 PM
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Glad you got a good work-out but for me; just another reason not to go tubeless with my road bikes.

They seem to have all the details worked out for mountain bike tires but even after all these years, road bike tubeless aren't for (my) prime time.

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Old 10-20-14, 05:46 AM
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Wait one here,

you mean we are supposed to read the instructions, before we use something, or assemble an item? Dang, RD, this is turning our man world upside down.....

And you are implying we are supposed to do maintenance ahead of when something breaks? Next thing is you'll tell us to check the tire pressure and look the bicycle over before riding oh the horror, the humanity of it all...Anarchy and communism are coming upon the cycling world

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Old 10-20-14, 07:13 AM
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Experience can be a tough way to learn.
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Originally Posted by Louis Le Tour View Post
Experience can be a tough way to learn.
Not so tough: I've develop a new technique for pumping up the front tire while astride the top tube. BTW, I do really like tubeless with no plans to change. I'll just pay a bit more attention (I do pump up the tires before every ride!). For Rick@OCCR: I don't ride a mountain bike, but I would imagine the sealant maintenance would be similar if ridden on the road; perhaps riding off road there aren't so many tiny, sharp objects which would require some sealant to be present (or MTB ties are simply thicker and tougher).
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