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What is the point of going tubeless?
 

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Yeah. Thats what I was thinking. Say you have a tube, and you hit a nail or something, replace tube. No tube, you have to replace a $40+ tire. Kinda dumb.
 

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Yeah. Thats what I was thinking. Say you have a tube, and you hit a nail or something, replace tube. No tube, you have to replace a $40+ tire. Kinda dumb.
You patch either of them.
 

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I went tubeless (about 8 years ago) because I was tired of getting flats on every ride. Originally being from central Texas, where there are tons of mesquite thorns, cactus, and goat heads, there was seldom a ride without a puncture flat. Going tubeless using a sealant completely eliminated this. I haven't had 1 flat from a puncture in 8 years. I have torn a sidewall and flatted, but a tube would not have helped with that.

Now I run much lower pressure than I ever could with tubes. With that I get better traction, a more compliant ride, and lower rolling resistance. There are lots of benefits to converting. For training I run full UST tires (since it's really rocky here), and get all the benefits of low pressure and flat resistance, along with a very durable tire. For racing if the course isn't too rocky, I'll run really light tires (non-UST) setup tubeless, and get all the low pressure benefits along with light weight.

Some people do just fine running tubes. Some would never run anything but tubeless. I'm one of the latter.
 

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Reason number 1 is no flats! :thumbsup:

If you do go tubeless you will undoubtedly experience a strange sense of regret
at having not done it sooner the first time you pull a nail out of your tire and it
seals up in 2 sec's. Is that reason enough?
 

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How do I go about converting a tube type to a tubeless?
 

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ProjectDan35 said:
Yeah. Thats what I was thinking. Say you have a tube, and you hit a nail or something, replace tube. No tube, you have to replace a $40+ tire. Kinda dumb.
I always buy my tubeless tires on sale.....so everytime I get a flat I'm actually only out $30 not $40.......if you average one flat a month the savings can really add up......plus I can sleep better knowing I'm supporting the bike industry each time I buy one! Plus, all the tires you have throw out end up as rubber matting in kid's playgrounds so you are also helping the environment plus your community! :cornut:
 

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I always buy my tubeless tires on sale.....so everytime I get a flat I'm actually only out $30 not $40.......if you average one flat a month the savings can really add up......plus I can sleep better knowing I'm supporting the bike industry each time I buy one! Plus, all the tires you have throw out end up as rubber matting in kid's playgrounds so you are also helping the environment plus your community! :cornut:
What are you talking about? You replace tubeless tires every time you get a flat?
 
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