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    1. No pinch flats
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    tubeless is the only way to go for me here in TX, saves time and frustration.

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    There is def a learning curve to this. Did the gorilla tape thing many years back and made huge mess at the shop before I got the hang of it. One time on a trip to ATL I had to reseat a tire on thanksgiving. The only place with a soul and air compressor there was the fire station. The guys were nice and one rode so he let me try to reseat the tire. 20 min later and most of the stans on the ground I gave up while the one guy explained that's why he will always run tubes. At least he liked the plate of turkey dinner I brought for them. I ran tubes after that but the cause was a stretched tire that I had varied luck with once I got back here.
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    What about tire inserts, like Cush Core? Anybody using those around here?

    Was there already a thread about this?
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    I was using gorilla tape, but it migrated too much too soon, been much happier with Orange Seal tape.


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    Is tubeless like clipless, where you actually use tubes, like the pedals have clips?

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    Quote Originally Posted by notyal View Post

    I'm personally convinced that the gorilla tape method is as good or better than any store bought conversion kit.
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    ^^^^ Truth! ^^^^
    Except when you are trying to peal the tuff ass glue left behind.
    For what its worth, I prefer bonafide tubeless tape.

    Something that I see happen more times than not when someone actually has a flat on a ride.
    No sealant left, either leaked out sealing holes or more likely evaporated.
    I would suggest checking at least once a month in the Texas sumner.
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    Tubeless, is it Worth It?

    It's always been worth it, but now it's priceless. Best $45 I ever spent. Took my used Butcher and Ground Control off of an old wheelset and without even cleaning the crap from around the bead, I seated them without sealant to a new set of Arch MK3s. Pumped em up to 45 PSI, left them overnight, and they haven't even lost air. Of course I'll put sealant in before I ride and drop the PSI down to 23/25. I can't believe how many agonizing hours I've spent in the past trying to seat tires with a floor pump (sometimes successful and sometimes resulting in a trip to the shop for a blast of air). Should have made this purchase long ago. Name:  IMAG2471.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by redrider3141 View Post
    I've ridden for 6 years without a single flat in the PNW but since moving here I've started running slime in my inner tubes to help with punctures. It's already saved a few cactus spikes. I tried the ghetto tubeless method with no success. Granted the extent of my knowledge on the subject came from the interwebs/youtube. My current rims (and tires) are not tubeless compatible which is why I went with the slime in the inner tubes.

    I found a new in box set of Shimano MT65 wheels for about half price ($220 shipped) that are tubeless ready. I would still need to buy rotors, tires and real valve stems but I already have a bottle of Stan's sealant.

    My question is all that worth it or should I just keep riding the tubes/slime?
    Getting back to the original question - I would never go back to tubes except for a trail emergency. Almost eliminating flats is enough to make it worth while. But running lower tire pressure for better traction is enough to make me go tubeless even if I still got flats. (BTW - there is a limit to how large a puncture or cut any sealant can handle. Most of the time it seals up before I even notice a problem. But there are few times when my tire has been sliced open and the sealant can't handle that big a hole.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rugger View Post
    The right size fuel line work perfectly, cut a piece about 6-10" slip it over a tapered compressor nozzle and then over your presta valve. I did that for years. Now, I recycled my old pump's hose with the dual head and it's attached to the barbed nozzle. I've never had the need to buy a specific presta attachment.

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    This discussion made me get off my ass yesterday to put my new tire on. I had a sidewall tear a couple of weeks ago and I had just been running with the tube I put on it out on the trail.

    It was boring working out there in my garage. I wish I had a distraction, something to look at, like some tropical fish.
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    Tubeless tires are often repairable and worth the trouble, considering the cost.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    That's a great idea.
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    Wasn't my idea though, wish I was that smart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Austin Bike View Post
    https://www.rei.com/product/857301/s...-valve-adapter
    I have to think that this would be cheaper and easier then modding a gauge just for presta valves. I use one of these for my tires with the same gauge I use for my cars. And you can carry it in your tool pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheif View Post
    https://www.rei.com/product/857301/s...-valve-adapter
    I have to think that this would be cheaper and easier then modding a gauge just for presta valves. I use one of these for my tires with the same gauge I use for my cars. And you can carry it in your tool pack.
    Yep. Or just use your floor pump to get the proper pressure once you've seated the tire, which is best done with the valve core removed anyway.

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    I used to use an air chuck with a gauge, but it turns out it was restricting airflow too much and made seating the tires harder than it needed to be. I switched to a $3 blow gun attachment with a piece of beer line as an adapter, and the tire leaps onto the rim instantly.

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