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Dear Tad

Can we have tubeless tyres in Bicycles?.

Thanks
Prashant

Answer
Yes! Tubeless tires (or tyres) have been around for years. There are many manufacturers of retrofit systems, Stan's No Tubes. Orange Seal, Bontrager, Hutchinson... and others. And many new bikes come ready for tubeless.

It is very popular in mountain biking and cyclocross and gaining popularity for road bikes.

Making your bike tubeless is pretty easy but to do it right you really need a compressor to blast a huge amount of air into the tire quickly. Trek/Bontrager has a very cool floor pump called the Flash Charger that acts like a compressor. You can do it with a regular floor pump but it is a messy processes and might be better to have your local bike shop do the conversion.

Keep riding!

Tad

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Tad Hylkema

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I can help you with bicycle fitting problems (proper fit, numb hands, etc.), Buying help (Which type of bike, brand, so forth), basic repair problems (Flat tires, poor shifting, noises, etc.), technique questions (How to climb better, how to ride in traffic...), and even basic training questions (first race, long tour, or just a weight loss program). Some repairs are better left to the experts, we used to call this category "home repair gone bad." However, many fixes are simple and can be done by most. I will simply tell you if you should try it or take it to a shop. I will even help you ask the right questions when you walk into a shop so you can feel more confident. If I don't know an answer I can find out and get back to you.

Experience

I have worked in bicycle shops or the bicycle industry since 1984. I started racing around that time but rode bicycles and did some touring before that. I have managed large shops in the upper Midwest, been invited to join a professional team as mechanic, which I turned down so I could open my own shop. I have built wheels for two US National Champions. I have also been a consultant to retailers and manager of a bicycle fitting system company here in the US. My greatest joy is helping people get into riding and be more confident about their riding and bicycle.

Publications
Various regional enthusiast publications.

Education/Credentials
Doesn't really apply but I do have a BA in English/History (Both very marketable - that is why I stayed in bicycles!) And had been working on my Master in Education before I thought better of that.

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