Today’s QT comes to us from Premium Member Michael Hormel, who engaged us in a recent email conversation about the merits of tubeless vs. clincher tires. We agreed, for our purposes, that we’ll stick with clinchers, based on the ease of use and the fact that we seldom get a flat. Michael’s tip comes from his method to prevent flats – and the results are astonishing. Here’s what he wrote:
I’ve only had one flat in the 10-15 years since I went from sew-ups to clinchers. The one was early this summer when I hit a rough spot were a culvert had been replaced and I bounced over it and got a pinch flat.
I take my time when installing tires and tubes:
- I powder my tubes and the inside of the tire.
- I make sure the tube is well-seated inside the tire and rim by pinching the tire together and wiggling it as I work around the wheel.
- I inflate to a low pressure and apply weight to the wheel by holding the skewer and rolling the tire across the floor to seat the tube.
- I let most of the air out, then reinflate.
All of this takes a little extra time but saves me a lot of time on the road.
I got this method from my father, who was a WWII Marine air core mechanic. He said they were having problems where every time a plane would land, it would blow a tire. He got the idea to inflate, deflate, reinflate to make sure the tube was seated properly. No more blow-outs after that.
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—John Marsh & The RBR Team