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    First Flat Tire On The Trail

    First time I've had a ride cut short from a flat tire... but I did get to ride long enough to watch a buddy have a nice fall!

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    Go ghetto tubeless! I haven't had ONE flat since, and that's with 4 months of almost daily riding, over some pretty jagged stuff. Took me forever to take the plunge, but now I don't worry about flats anymore. I get to focus solely on impending death instead.

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    seriously debating it. Will the sidewalls on my stock Stumpy hold up for ghetto? Or should I get some real USTs?
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    In the mean time, carry a spare tube and pump. Much faster than patching.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wheelbender6
    In the mean time, carry a spare tube and pump. Much faster than patching.
    Actually, you should always carry a tube and pump, even if going tubeless. Tubeless is no guarantee you won't get a flat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smartytime
    seriously debating it. Will the sidewalls on my stock Stumpy hold up for ghetto? Or should I get some real USTs?
    go ghetto tubeless! you don't need UST tires. i just converted my new 29er setup with panaracers fire xpro and they're holding out great. no more tubes, yipeeee!

    there are a couple of recent threads here in the AZ forum addressing the conversions and making your own goop. if this ol' gal could do it, anyone can!
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    I carry a pump, tube and a patch kit at all times..


    I was up on lost dog a few months back and came a cross a guy walking his bike. He had a flat and no way to fix it . I gave him my spare tube and let him use my pump.... sure enough, 15 minutes later I get a flat.... had to patch on the trail. I was a moron, I should have let him have a patch instead of the tube

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaboose
    go ghetto tubeless! you don't need UST tires. i just converted my new 29er setup with panaracers fire xpro and they're holding out great. no more tubes, yipeeee!

    there are a couple of recent threads here in the AZ forum addressing the conversions and making your own goop. if this ol' gal could do it, anyone can!
    Kaboose sells herself short. She may be new to tubeless, but she knows a thing or two about her bikes and maintenance. Long run, yes ghetto is a great solution. But some tools, patience, and feel for how the aspects work together is needed. I had a problem\solution mounting a tire yesterday that I have not seen described in a forum yet -- would not have figured it out if it was the first time I was working on this stuff**

    Figure out a thing or two about what works for you, how much maintenance you are willing to do, ask questions, and then take it one step at a time. Thorn resistant tubes are heavy, but especially with schrader valves you can remove the valve core and insert your own Slime or Stans. Some very experienced riders would simply rather deal wtih flats than the maintenance of ghetto tubeless...

    **the tire was really close to mounting, but wouldn't seal. So I hand-rubbed some jiz onto the bead and spread it with the soap bubbles. It was porn-tastic, spunk everywhere, I haven't experienced anything like that since a long dry spell in 11th grade and a cop shining a light into my parked car at a really inopportune moment...err, sorry, too much sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skinny-tire
    Actually, you should always carry a tube and pump, even if going tubeless. Tubeless is no guarantee you won't get a flat.
    as evidenced by my effing flat yesterday on my three week old tire, first one in over a year though.

    seriously though, if you weigh a wee bit more than most a real ust couldnt hurt, if i run thinnies, i tear the crap out of them.

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