Peatys Enter the Tubeless Battlefield, with sealant, valves and rim tape

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I might be wrong but I think the Tubeless revolution started with Stans No Tubes. We’ve all used it and all probably sworn by it.

But there are a bunch of new challengers on this battlefield. And one who you can’t argue with, or he’ll probably set Rob Warner on you is Peaty / Peatys.

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I think it started with the Loam Foam, bike cleaner.

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Quickly followed by some merch by way of caps and T Shirts.

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But most recently its a full set up of tubeless gear – sealant, valves and now rim tape.

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I’ve been very lucky and been sent a complete set so i can fix up my new bike in the next few weeks.

Stay tuned for a review, more pictures and a video!

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Airshot – Review

AirShot Tyre Inflator
AirShot Tyre Inflator

Not sure how to review this extremely simple but effective device but here goes.

AirShot has been developed to help you with the inflation of tubeless tyres. I have steered away from tubeless as I didn’t really understand the benefits for starters but also there was a concern that I wouldn’t be able to get sufficient tyre pressure, without a compressor.

You “fill” the AirShot with a normal track pump – pumping to a max of 11 bar or 160 psi.

This effectively results in your having your own little canister of compressed air.

Now connect to either Presta or Schraeder valves (it works with both) on your wheel/tyre and release the valve.

The compressed air rushes out far quicker than you can pump enough pressure by hand to snap the tyre into place.

And that’s it! It really is that simple! It has been a God send for me as I had a tubeless nightmare seating tyres this week (long story).

Go get one now!

RTFM and Don’t Panic

STANS No Tubes / Airshot
STANS No Tubes / Airshot

Yes, read the manual (or talk to the bike/rim manufacturer), do some research and don’t be hasty and go out and buy what you think is the right equipment for your tubeless set up!

My woes yesterday have been settled – just about. Here is a short list of my mistakes and poor assumptions:

  1. I didn’t need the Stans Tubeless kit
  2. I just needed some tape and valves
  3. Rim strips are for converting rims, not for tubeless ready rims
  4. My tyres were NEVER going to seat with the rim strip!
  5. The Stans tape in the kit wasn’t wide enough
  6. A valve from an old inner tube is not the best valve to use
  7. The wheel wasn’t cracked or broken

I learned today a little about wheel technology and how different wheels are made and that small fissures are possible when the rim is cold joined rather than welded.

Wider tape should have sorted this out and Tubeless Round 2 will begin tomorrow.

WTB TCS
WTB Tubeless Compatible System

The only thing I got right on my shopping list was the Airshot tyre inflator – thats a great piece of kit and here’s my review of it..

EDIT – After a puncture and burp free day of uplifting at BikePark Wales at the weekend my tubeless efforts paid off.

Puncture Pixies

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It happens to us all. It’s annoying. It’s frustrating. It causes unnecessary pre ride faffing. And most of all its a mystery…

Why is it that after a day on the bike or a long ride home from work the bike is fine, the tyres are firm – but after a night in the shed there’s a flat?

Puncture pixies!

It’s not a slow puncture, don’t let anyone tell you that you got a puncture towards the end of your ride and it went down over night.

Don’t believe them. The puncture pixies are everywhere. At night when you are sleeping, the manufactures of inner tubes, puncture repair patches and the suppliers of that tubeless mucky gunk send out squadrons of little guys armed to the teeth with all the weapons required to sabotage your ride.

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In an attempt to sell more tubes, patches and gunk these manufacturers send out the Puncture Pixies to do their evil work.

See the photographic evidence above. I have now plugged all the holes in my shed, reduced the gap under the door and made the bike shed pixie proof!

Sorry I may have gone a bit mad after spending half my Saturday in IKEA.