This week on XTERRA Connect’s mountain bike tips & tricks from the Planet Bike workshop in Rotorua, New Zealand, Sam Osborne shares a quick fix for tubeless tire repair.
“First of all, I hope you’re running tubeless because it’s the way of the future, but punctures still happen,” explained Osborne, the reigning XTERRA Pan Am Tour Champ. “It’s important to be prepared for trouble by carrying a CO2 inflator, tubeless tire plug, and tacky rubber slices to fill any holes that come about that are too big for the sealant to handle by itself.”
Depending on how big the hole is, Osborne says he’ll twist two or three strips together.
“Just stab it through the tire, but not too deep, and don’t expect it to seal the hole completely. It doesn’t need to because that’s what the sealant is for,” said Osborne. “After the plugs are in place, dial in your CO2 canister with the goal to get to around 30psi and let ‘er rip.”
Osborne added that even the small CO2’s provide enough juice to get to 30psi.
Of course, there is an alternative to the tire plug/CO2 combo, which would be to install a tube, but to fix it fast – plug it, inflate it, and go.
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