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Do you keep spare tubeless tyres at home?

Old 12-05-18, 09:41 AM
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Do you keep spare tubeless tyres at home?

When I rode with regular tyres + tubes, I always kept spare tubes around. Tubes are cheap and the likelihood of needing to replace tyre when I had a flat was low. When I did need a new tyre, I'd go to the LBS and pick one up.

But now that I'm running tubeless, I'm wondering if I shouldn't keep some spare tyres on hand around the house. Trouble is keeping extra tyres around the house is a lot more expensive than keeping extra tubes around the house. But...

Thanks to reading the threads here I'm seeing some tubeless tyres I'd like to try out - like the pirelli cinturato - and I can only find them online. So this would involve an investment of tyres sitting around the house that might get used in 100k, or 5,000k, depending on when the tyres on my bike are no longer usable.

What do you, my fellow tubeless riders, do? Keep a stash of tyres on hand? Use Amazon Prime so you get your new tyres overnight and not worry about it? Other?
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I still have tubes and probably would just boot an unsealable hole in a tubeless tire and run a tube until a new tire arrived. The only spare tubeless I have is a well used one I recently replaced. Its got enough life left in it that, should I suffer some catastrophic cut in a tire, I could throw it on in a pinch while waiting for new replacement to arrive.So thats also an option. Lastly, I also have some used but useable clinchers that I could use with tubes while waiting for replacement tubeless to arrive.

I do keep spare valve cores on hand and in my saddle bag since I have had those get damaged on both tubes and tubeless set ups. They are small and cheap.
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I think if you can find a set of quality tubeless tires for a really great price, it's worth getting because sooner or later you will need to replace it either via normal wear (which takes a while) or a catastrophic cut....who knows what the price/availability would be during the time you really need one. I just got into tubeless myself and found a set on eBay that were cheaper than buying clinchers on sale, so I jumped on it ($64 for the pair - Yksion Pro UST).

What I have learned since I did have my first cut (first time riding them - bad luck) is that I needed to have a tubeless patch kit that you can repair from the inside when you get home (assuming the sealant holds for your return - it did for mine). I also purchased a DynaPlug kit that will be part of my tools that I take on a ride so I can plug the hole quickly and not have to worry about the sealant holding under pressure.
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I usually shop for tires when pricing is advantageous, so I usually buy a couple/few sets and have some stock on hand. If, for some reason, I didn't have any on hand and I had an unforeseen catastrophic failure, I have some local buys in mind (if I don't want to wait 2-3 days for shipping). In my case, I'd go with something like the SWorks Turbo Tubeless (2Bliss - groan) - they seem to be fairly priced, readily available and there's no pricing advantage to buying online.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
I usually shop for tires when pricing is advantageous, so I usually buy a couple/few sets and have some stock on hand.
Same here.

A rear tire lasts about 3 months, so I buy several pairs when they are priced right.
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I don't quite follow the logic behind the question. The risk (probability x consequence) of a catastrophic tire failure is the same whether you're running tubed or tubeless. Keeping extra tubes doesn't mitigate tire risk.
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha
I don't quite follow the logic behind the question. The risk (probability x consequence) of a catastrophic tire failure is the same whether you're running tubed or tubeless. Keeping extra tubes doesn't mitigate tire risk.
Perhaps I didn't explain myself. I'll try again.
  • Tubes = cheap. Easy to keep on hand
  • With tyres and tubes if you flat, chances are it isn't a catastrophic blow out to the tyre and it can be replaced. So having multiple tyres on hand at home is kind of pointless. You can be riding the next day.
  • With Tubeless, if you have a big enough hole while on the road, you can put in a tube and get home bu the tyre is done.
  • Keeping 2 x $80(?) tyres on hand so you don't have any downtime in riding - assuming you want a tyre that isn't sold at your LBS - might not be a wise investment. Or at least that 's what I wanted to know.
Basically I am asking if tubeless riders keep a stash of tyres on hand at home. Which I guess I could have just come out and asked in the first place but I was trying to give some context to my question.
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I have 5 bikes...... waiting 2 days (or more) on a new tire doesn't mean downtime.
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Well I just purchased a set of Panaracer Race A EVO3 All Around tubeless 700x25 on Sale from Excel Sports. I am in the middle of the install now on My DT Swiss R460 oem rims (that I had built up with a gorgeous set of lightly used 24f/28r Dura Ace 7800 hubs).

The tire box mentions that the tires age whether they are being used or just stored. The butyl rubber of these tires has that great “new tire” smell. They just seem grippy from the outset. So my inclination would be to 1) get a set mounted correctly and start riding them ASAP to avail yourself of what such an advanced tire/rim system can do for you and 2) absolutely “hoard” maybe one extra set when you find the one you like on sale. Due to the transient nature of the tire compound over time, It might be better to hold off on having any more than one (or perhaps two) spare sets on the shelf.
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Originally Posted by NoWhammies
Perhaps I didn't explain myself. I'll try again.
  • Tubes = cheap. Easy to keep on hand
  • With tyres and tubes if you flat, chances are it isn't a catastrophic blow out to the tyre and it can be replaced. So having multiple tyres on hand at home is kind of pointless. You can be riding the next day.
  • With Tubeless, if you have a big enough hole while on the road, you can put in a tube and get home bu the tyre is done.
  • Keeping 2 x $80(?) tyres on hand so you don't have any downtime in riding - assuming you want a tyre that isn't sold at your LBS - might not be a wise investment. Or at least that 's what I wanted to know.
Basically I am asking if tubeless riders keep a stash of tyres on hand at home. Which I guess I could have just come out and asked in the first place but I was trying to give some context to my question.
You're overthinking it. IME, the odds of a catastrophic tubeless cut/puncture is no different than with tubes, so just take the same approach. I simply price surf and make sure that I have enough tires in the spring to see me through to the winter - we're not talking trekmogul stockpiles and I don't think that we need to worry about unused tires turning in to dust over the course of a year.
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Originally Posted by WhyFi
...the odds of a catastrophic tubeless cut/puncture is no different than with tubes, so just take the same approach.
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I keep extra tube, tires, and bikes on hand. Never any downtime.
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I replace my tubed tires before the tread is completely worn down to the fabric. They make good emergency spares. (My tires are rarely discarded from a big cut, it's usually just from tire wear.)

You could keep your old tubed tires + spare tube for temporary replacements, then do the same with your older tubeless after they wear down. Will the old sealant in the spare be a problem?
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Will the old sealant in the spare be a problem?
Nope. You can pull out the cobwebs and peel the skin if they bother you, but it's not really problematic.
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