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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:12 pm 
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Yes you can inflate tubeless with a track pump, some set ups are easier than others to inflate that way

A compressor is another way to inflate tubeless

It's all about getting air in fast

Some sealant manufactures say not to use CO2 to inflate their systems

I use Joe's No Flats as I couldn't get Stans sealant


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 1:13 pm 
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orange71 wrote:
Andy B wrote:
The tyres were damn tight on the rim, but they inflated fairly easily with a track pump & a bit of sweating.


interested you managed to do this as that was all holding me back as I have no access to a compressor, but I do have to a track pump.

And after 3 punctures last night I'm rearing to get on with it :lol:
How did I do it?

Pump hard and fast!

Soapy bubbles are a good lube to use to help the tyre seat quickly (see the link in one of my previous posts), I didn't have to use any, but most folks do have to


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Or use a CO² cartridge to seat the tyre initially, then either carefully crack a section of bead off and add the sealant or remove the valve core and add it that way.

Stan's and CO² don't mix, that's for sure - it makes the sealant coagulate in rubbery lumps :roll:.


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 27, 2011 8:32 pm 
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Right, encouraged by all of this talk of tubeless, I watched this, popped over to Leisure Lakes on the way home and bought two bottles of Stan's costing £4 in total, followed the video exactly except where he used a compressor I used a track pump I borrowed from next door and as this was on my 29er tyres, I used old 26" innertubes I had lying around.

20 mins later (literally!) I had 2 tubeless tyres 8)

Now, if they stay up (and I am sure they will) - that really was a piece of p*ss.

I can recommend the soapy water though, plenty of fairy liquid.

Job's a good'un 8) Total cost = £4 plus two old inner tubes.


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orange71 wrote:

Now, if they stay up (and I am sure they will) - that really was a piece of p*ss.



Still up? What tyres are they BTW?


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they'd gone down a bit overnight :roll: - combination of 2 things I think 1) soapy water still on the bead may be letting out some air 2) I used 1 small bottle per tyre, which is presumably ok for a 26er but might not be enough for a 29er, so I'll top it up. Apart from that though fine :D

Tyres are Michelin XC All Terrain 2.0 and are quite a tight fit (which might help in this process).


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Did you do the shaking them about in all directions thing?

I've had excellent results from various Michelin tyres fitted ghetto tubeless, so they should be fine. I use about 60ml per wheel, whether 26" or 29" and then top them up with another 20ml after a month or so.


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I think these bottles were 28ml each - so that'll be why.

Yes did the shake/swoosh thing :D


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I managed the ghetto system last october and need to do it again with new wheels . Not a single puncture since .
Only time it went down was when I sliced open a tyre wall and in very cold weather , I had to top it every 3 to 4 weeks in the winter .


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I had a go on a bike fitted up with tubeless tyres last night. Think I will stick with old fashoned tubes for the present time.


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