Friday, February 27, 2009

Ghetto Tubeless In Pictures

This is a step by step with pictures on setting up a Ghetto Tubeless on a 29er

First, get a 24" tube, I use schrader valves since it makes adding sealant easier.

I'm using Strapping Tape over the spoke holes and under the "tube"

If you have presta drilled rims, you'll need to drill out your rims with a 21/64" bit

Cut tube down the middle opposite of valve side.

Stretch tube over the rim and fold sides down

Soap up tire bead, mount, and inflate (do
not exceed 40psi)

Remove valve core (Slime comes with core remover tool) and add 3oz of sealant per tire.

Reinstall valve core and inflate to 30psi. Use soapy water to find leaks and swish sealant around to seal up the major leaks (don't worry about completely sealing, it will happen when you go for a ride). Once you mostly have sealed everything up, cut the excess tube material.

Go for a ride around the block a few times to help the sealant seal up the bead and sidewalls. You should be pretty much set to go. Don't worry if you lose a few psi before the first few rides, everything will eventually seal up and your tires will hold air as well as a tubed tires. Check every few months for sealant in the tire (you can usually hear it when you shake the tire). Depending on where you ride, you may need to add sealant every 3-6 months...though in the wet PNW, I have not had to add any in over three months.

For more instructions, see the Homebrew 2Bliss Goo and Rim Strip post.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Pictures from my ride yesterday

My Bike at the creek crossing

Evie, the mountain biking trail dog

Evie and I getting ready to climb the big hill

Mosquito Creek

Despite the winter storms, the trails are in very good condition. It is quite clear that a lot of trail clearing has been done by all the local riders who frequent the trails at Stella. That said, there are so many trails that there is plenty of work to be done. I probably spent 1.5 hours riding and a good .5 hour clearing trails. Lots of branches still down that can jump up and catch in your spokes and rear derailleur. I enjoy spending a little time each ride doing trail maintenance...I feel it gives me a little ownership in the trails.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

On the Bike again...finally

Well, thanks to a month long bout with Bronchitis...I have been off the bike for a while. I finally got out this morning. At first my lungs and legs felt terrible...but as the ride continued I started to feel pretty good.

It ended up being a nice two hour ride, which included getting lost which I normally do anyway at Stella Ridge.