How to Repair Tubeless Bicycle Tires

How to Repair Tubeless Bicycle Tires
Tubeless tires are a relatively new invention in bicycle technology. Tubeless tires allow you to run with much lower pressure (which equals more traction) in the tire without fear of flats. However, if you do get a flat, it can be time consuming and tedious to get back on the trail quickly. Knowing how to change or repair a flat tubeless bicycle tire can save you lots of headache later on down the road.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Challenging

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tire sealant Pliers Tire levers (irons) Tube Tire gauge Pump
  • Tire sealant
  • Pliers
  • Tire levers (irons)
  • Tube
  • Tire gauge
  • Pump
 
Step 1
Let any amount of remaining air out of the tube and use the tire irons to pry the tire off of the rim. Search along the inside of the tire for protruding objects such as thorns or nails. If any protrusions are found, pull them out with the pliers.
Step 2
Use the tire levers to pry the tire back onto the rim and then fill the tire with tire sealant. Spin the tire for about 3 minutes to spread the sealant around, then quickly and forcefully pump the tire up to the recommended pressure.
Step 3
If you cannot get the tubeless tire to hold air, you may have a puncture that is too large for the sealant to fix. In this case, use the tire levers to slide the tire off of the rim, insert the spare tube, slide the tire back on the rim and pump it up to the desired pressure. The tube will get you home as, but you may have to buy a new tire in order to get your tubeless set up to seal again.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Always carry a small bottle of tire sealant and an extra tube with you on rides. You never know when the seal on your tubeless tire may go bad forcing you to run on tubes.
 
Always carry a small bottle of tire sealant and an extra tube with you on rides. You never know when the seal on your tubeless tire may go bad forcing you to run on tubes.

Article Written By Nathaniel Miller

Nathaniel Miller is a technical writer for an environmental division of Microbac Laboratories, Inc. He has a Master of Science from Ohio University. With over eight years of technical writing experience, Miller has a diverse skill-set and enjoys a wide-ranging client base. He is widely published on numerous writing websites and runs a small writing business out of his home in Marietta, Ohio.

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