The one at Valero did not make me happy. It doesn't clamp on to the valve. You need one hand to hold the nozzle on and one hand to squeeze the lever. Air volume seemed low. Bead never popped. Any better options?
From experience I have to respectfully disagree. Stan's recommends inflating the tire to either 40 or 45 psi (can't remember exactly which one at the moment.) In the past I too would just keep inflating the tire until the bead seated all the way around. I think I was up around 80 or 90 psi one time and the sidewall of my rim blew out. It literally sounded like a shotgun going off and soaked me and my entire garage with sealant. Scared the living day lights out of me. The rim was toast. So be sure to only take it up to what is recommended on the bottle of sealant. If the tire doesn't seat at that lower pressure try dripping some sealant (or soapy water) on the bead of both sides of the tire. This will act like a lubricant and the tires will seat much better this way. Sure, it may get messy but it's totally worth it!Use the compressor to set the bead, maybe 20 lbs. Quickly move to hand pump and run it up to 60-100 lbs until bead sets all the way around.
A famous FR bike rider once told me:American Cycle Sport, or The Country Pedaler, are good options. I just hate to not be self sufficient with bike maintenance.
I am kind of a retro grouch who was never really sold on tubeless. The time and energy I wasted trying to mount 1 stupid tire yesterday did not help with my attitude toward tubeless, but I'm still trying to keep an open mind.
Once I gave up, I dumped that gross Stan's fluid, threw in a tube and finished the job in like 3 minutes. Tubes. What a great invention!
Exactly. On the other hand, tubes work 99.9% of the time. And when they don't, you just throw out the old one and put in a new one.A famous FR bike rider once told me:
"But I mostly run tubeless, which works 97% of the time. The other 3% can be a real f**king b1tch, though. Make you wanna kick puppies and throw tools, in that order."
Doing a ride or two with the tube in also helps to stretch the tire a bit so that it will behave better for tubeless mounting. I've had to do this with two sets of Michelin Wild Race'r "tubeless ready tires" .. on UST tims.I have found that if I have a bead that will not pop my solution is to first mount the tire with a tube.
I am just to painfully cheap to go tubeless, regardless of the increased headaches, swearing and spitting I have witnessed as people try to work on them, I just not interested in the paying more for what looks like more pain.Exactly. On the other hand, tubes work 99.9% of the time. And when they don't, you just throw out the old one and put in a new one.
The strap idea looks promising..