Yesterday i decided to mount some new tubeless tires for my upcoming 14 days of touring/graveling and general all road fun. Having fitted tubeless tires before, and knowing the pitfalls, i felt comfortable with waiting for the day before leaving. Cause thats always a brilliant idea. I got lazy
Currently running tubed 32mm contental gp5000. Love them. They are some of the best tires i have ever ridden. Not kidding.. Reason for not running tubeless on these was simply the fact that i couldnt be bothered with the hassle, and i was in a hurry back when i installed them. But for my purpose with this vacation i wanted to go bigger and knobbier for some trails and loose gravel.. I went for a couple of tires i had run before, on the same rims too. A couple of WTB 38's. Back then i managed to fit them with a normal floor pump and some soapy water. Easy peasy
First tire went on pretty smooth. required some soapy water. Not super easy, took some effort but it was alright. Second tire.. Well. I went on with the same approach. It wouldnt seat. I tried again a couple of times till my arms were sore of pumping with my novice floor pump. It stood clear that nothing was helping. Soapy water and grime everywhere in my kitchen, since i dont have a shed or a workspace for my bikes. It was supposed to be a fast and grime-free process this..
Im kinda in a hurry now. Between this and work i've got a few hours to pack (which i havent even started yet because of this mess) and finalize this.. I finally cave and run down to my local bike shop. Hes a nice guy and lends me his compressor. The tire seated perfectly and i was good to go give it a hit of sealent, but that had to wait. Right, off to work then.
Later that evening i came home and the tire had lost no air. I thought "well okay, sealent can wait till tomorrow before we leave" Another stupid decision made purely out of lazyness. First thing i do this morning is to pour sealent in the tire, and the F****** tire wont seat. Its popped out of the rim again and im back at square one. But now with tire sealent all over the F' floor in my kitchen. I hurry down to my local bike mech again, and this time around hes not so happy as he was the day before. I realized that i've spilt tire sealent all over this shop floor due to me being kinda stressed out because im leaving in under an hour, and still havent packed. Im sweating now, and desperately asks for this guys compressor once again. He sighs and asks me to hand him the rear wheel. He pumps up the thing, i tell him NOT to pump it too much cause hes really going at it with full speed. What happens then? The tire blows of the rim and the rest of the sealent spills all over the place. We both look at each other, im kinda bursting out in laughter because the whole situation has gotten so much out of hand. He doesnt find it funny, and asks me politely, but with a strict tone, to leave as hes got other customers waiting outside. I offer him some help with cleaning/cash whatever for the inconvenience. He tells me no problem, which is kinda surprising giving the circumstances.
I run home, totally defeated by a tubeless tire, and fit on my good old 32mm continentals. It took me right around 5 minutes for both wheels.