Riding the trails through deepest Wiltshire on a sunny Sunday afternoon with only the pheasants for company, all was well until I could hear that tell-tale noise - "psst" - no, it wasn't a game bird wanting a chat - another flippin' puncture. Pinch flats and thorn punctures, I seem to attract them both.
Fed up with almost constant inner tube replacements and patch-up jobs, it was time for me to enter the world of tubeless tyres. Doddy [Mr MBUK] swears by them, so I thought why not give it a go. Goodbye pinch flats, hello stop-free riding. A quick shout to Stan's NoTubes UK distributor Paligap, and the tubeless conversion kit was ready to go.
This is the process:
Ensure you have the conversion kit and tubeless tyres [Bontrager Big Earls for me] ready to go - you don't want to leave it to the last minute to find the tyres aren't tubeless-ready:
Remove your old tyres and innertubes from your wheels. And wave goodbye to punctures...
Cover the rims with the rim tape, going twice around the rim:
Insert the tubeless rim - this will bond to the tyre:
Once you've got half of the tyre onto the rim, pour the specified amount of Stan's solution into the cup:
Pour solution into tyre:
Carefully insert other half of tyre into the rim of the wheel. Pump furiously:
Once the tyre is on the rim, swill the solution around the wheel:
Leave the wheels to rest on each side for about fifteen minutes:
Keep checking the blog for a report on my first tubeless ride. I'll be hitting some decent trails as soon as i can get away from this office...