Face it, flats happen when mountain biking. These Texas trails are covered in thorns, sharp rock, cacti and plenty else that will go straight through your tire and puncture the tube.
Today I have a quick tip on a way to prevent most of these flat tires and keep you riding. Watch this video first, and then answer the following question.
Can your tire do this?
The product that seals the tire is Stans No Tubes which you can check out at www.notubes.com. Their kits fill your tires with puncture filling sealant. As the tire rotates it automatically fills any new holes or punctures with liquid which immediately seals and stops the loss of air. The installation process takes a while if done manually, but take your bike to a local shop and they will be happy to install it for you. It is one of my most highly recommended upgrades to make and will definitely decrease the amount of flats you have.
An additional benefit of using this product is that you can fill your tires with a lower tire pressure. For trails with plenty of climbing or loose conditions like sand and gravel this is great. The lower tire pressure gives your tire more surface area to grip onto the soil and rock giving you more traction.
A Stan’s No Tubes kit is available at most local bicycle shops for a cost of roughly $60-$70.
Here is a video showing you how to install the Stan’s No Tubes kit.
Here is a step by step guide to installing the Stan’s No Tubes kit. http://www.notubes.com/detailed_kit_instruction.aspx
Do you use a tubeless tire system? What are your thoughts on it?