In memoriam: my tubeless 36er.
The day that I dread arrived a couple weeks ago, time to top off the sealant in my 36er’s tire. I remembered my mistake last time of popping a bead and adding sealant directly into the tire. What a headache it was to reseat my beads. So this time I was prepared.
I carefully deflated the tire and removed my valve core to add stans through the stem. Seconds into pouring, I hear pop-pop, and my heart sinks. Perhaps I can save it though, and quickly I grab the compressor.
I tried in vain to reinflate the tire, but the beads simply won’t seat.
I’m sick of this trash. Tubeless is great, but if it’s this much of a pain in my ass every time I add sealant, it’s not worth my time.
I’ve scraped as much stans as I could out of my tire (there’s still a fair amount left though) and cleaned my rim up. I threw my old rim strip over the Stans tape for now (tape will come off when I rebuild the wheel), and put a tube in.
So, I have a couple quick questions:
Are there any adverse effects to having some of the dried sealant still in my tire? Or do I need to go back in and scrape it all off?
Are there any adverse effects to running a rubber rim strip over my Stans tape for now? I didn’t feel like peeling it off which is why I left it.
Funny part was, I tore a hole in one of my tubes trying to get it in, and had to use my back up tube. It patched up fine, but now it’s a spare.
Tubeless is great, but not for me. From now on I’ll run tubes with Stans in them… (yeah, yeah, weight blah-blah).
R.I.P. Tubeless 36er: May 2013- September 2013.