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    Ghetto Tubless Vintage Style

    Anyone try a tubless conversion their VRC bikes? I can't see why it wouldn't work.
    1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1992 Stumpjumpers. 1995 Waterford 1200, 1999 Waterford RSE, plus a garage full of steel frames.

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    Ghetto Tubless Vintage Style

    I love my tub!
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    Sure it works!

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    Perfect for riders, not so great for garage queens......
    This is a Pugs not some carbon wannabee pretzel wagon!!

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    You can even make your own sealant with latex mold builder and water. That's how we did it before Stan started selling it. It's not always an simple process to get it set up with standard rims and tires, but it works well once you get it.

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    Back in 1988 I watched Paul Thomasberg try and make tubeless setups with old wheels lying around his shop. Glued em, and then would test them to see how they would hold up.
    Good friction shifting is getting hard to find nowadays....

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    My SS has a mix of new and VRC parts on it. When building it, I picked up a vintage wheelset, White Industries Front, Nukeproof rear both laced to old school Mavic 26" rims. Paired the front wheel with a White Eno hub laced to an older 36H Mavic rim and set them up perfectly using split tube tubeless. Not sure if I'd run a Stans kit or gorilla tape tubeless on an older rim but the split tube method worked out well.

    FWIW, I used a 20" schraeder bmx tube and glued the tire to the stretched out tube using liquid latex/moldbuilder. Inflated right up and still holds air 2 years later, no burps ever.

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    The old method was 12mm wide strapping tape pulled very tight over rim (with no seams, wrinkles or bubbles) followed by electrical tape over that also pulled very tight. Cut the presta valve off of an old tube, drill your rim hole to 19/64" and you're set.

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    I've been rollin tubeless on a set of 517s with no problems once they were mounted. It was tricky to get the tire evenly seated at first. The Stan's strip needed to be trimmed to fit around the valve and overall seemed a little big. I've wanted to try it on my Ritchey with RM-25 but feel those older rims seem a little less exact. My tires always seem to slide a little. Not willing to risk my flesh yet...
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    I've converted Mavic M230, M231, and M217 using Gorilla tape, some weatherstripping to fill the center channel and either Stan's or Conti valves. Nevegals suck due to the leaky sidewalls but the tires seated fine and I've had no issues in over 3 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unicrown junkie View Post
    Back in 1988 I watched Paul Thomasberg try and make tubeless setups with old wheels lying around his shop. Glued em, and then would test them to see how they would hold up.
    Paul Thomasberg! Are you good buddies with him?

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    Am I the only one that laughed?
    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I love my tub!
    Zip ties? Not on my bike!

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    650B rims or wheel set. 80's vintage 32 or 36 x 135mm

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    Ghetto Tubless Vintage Style

    Yes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by girlonbike View Post
    I love my tub!
    I prefer a shower, but different strokes and all that.
    When you get older, much of your hate comes from knowledge and experience, which is why really old people hate everyone

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    I am riding in cactus land and wish i had a pair of tubeless. It's a flat a day.
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    Putting Stan's in an innertube works just as well for flat protection. Cactus-y here too...
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