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Old 04-03-10, 06:59 AM
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Tubeless....Who doesn't carry spare tube and pump during races?

I've been tubeless for over a year without any flats or issues. This year I quit carrying an extra tube and pump during races. So far all races have been under 2.5 hours. This weekend I'm doing Dragon's Tale, an epic 40 mile back country race. Am I pushing my luck if I don't carry an extra tube and pump?

Who's actually had to put in a tube on a tubeless setup? I figure you will need to make very sure you find all of the thorns or other penetrations that have accumulated in the tire before putting in the tube.
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Old 04-03-10, 07:01 AM
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I become speechless when I see cyclists long distances from home without a pump or even a tire repair kit.. Heck, On really long tours, I suggest one even take a fold able replacement tire..
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I see your point. I use a UST/UST set up with a scoop of Stans and flats are non-exsistent. But an "epic 40 mile back country race?". C'mon your asking the question so you know the answer. TWO spare tubes!
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Yea.... I reckon you all are right. Using Murphy's Law I have two options.

Option 1: Carry the repair stuff and not have to use it.
Option 2: Don't carry the repair stuff and end up needing it out in the middle of nowhere.

I'll stick with option 1. Thanks for the replies....now I can quit toying with the idea.
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Not carrying a tube because flats are rare is like not wearing a helmet because you don't plan on crashing.

I suppose your motivation for racing is what determines your particular answer. Are you in it for the "podium experience" or are you in it for pride? I've done very little racing, but when I have it is an issue of pride for finishing. I've had chains that broke multiple times, repaired and limped in. And I was absoluetly pissed off when a tire had an exposed bead and busted all my tubes. I DNFd. ONLY time I ever did that.

If you're embarrassed by a DNF, I suppose you'll carry a tube. If you're one of those whiner types who believe if they can't finish in the top 10, then you won't finish at all, then I suppose there is no need.
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Originally Posted by victim View Post
I see your point. I use a UST/UST set up with a scoop of Stans and flats are non-exsistent. But an "epic 40 mile back country race?". C'mon your asking the question so you know the answer. TWO spare tubes!
Exactly. It's all dependent on the length of the race. If it's a 45-minute one-lapper like our summer Wed. night races, if you flat, you're screwed anyway as far as placing. But a long epic like you're talking about, there's time to make up deficits like that. Pack for "worst case" and be pleasantly surprised if you don't have to call any of it into play.
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IMO it depends why you race. If it's to finish and socialise then by all means carry one. If you race to win and stopping to pick out all the thorns and put in a tube will mean theres no chance of you winning then there is less point in taking one.

I suppose a tyre change will mean you'll still be able to cycle out, even if you don't come anywhere near the rest. I'm assuming seeing as your mountain bike racing though your pretty fit, and in a 40 mile race your never going to be anywhere you can't walk out, so not taking a tube isn't going to threaten your saftey.
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