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    Flats and Lubbock

    And I'm not just talking about the topography.

    I went for my first ride at Mae Simmons since I got a mountain bike a few months ago and ended up with a flat rear tire late in the ride. Later when I went to change it, I noticed the front was flat too. I pulled out quite a few small thorns and 2 or 3 bigger thorns from both tires. Do all y'all run tubeless up here, or am I just a thorn magnet? I never had any problems with flats on the trails at home (I'm up here for school), but they also aren't located in an area with desert vegetation.

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    I put a Specialized Airlock tube in my rear tire for this reason. I am in North Texas, but I have a tendency to find thorns and such on the trail. I don't want to go tubeless (scared to with my size), but running tubes with sealant in them is the best I can do.
    Fat guys need bikes too.

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    I ride in El Paso and it's impossible to ride here without tubeless

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    tubeless for sure

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    I ride the mae simmons trail about once a week.. I used to get flats pretty often up there but i havent had one in a while. I use the tire liners now and havent had a flat out there in a while.. just try to avoid riding off the trail as much as possible. btw were you riding with headphones on a couple satudays ago around 11am?? Also use slime..

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    Nope, that wasn't me.

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    Tubeless, TUBELESS!!

    I used to ride there when i was in school. I rode Slime tubes, but that was back around 2004. Now, tubeless would be a no-brainer. It will be lighter and more compliant than thorn proof tubes or liners.

    Seriously, just do it. You probably convert your current wheels and tires for less than $40.

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