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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 07, 2021, 11:06:35 am »
Sorry I didn't read more carefully.

That is strange about it popping off.  I have never seen tires pop off the bead once fully seated without some cause.  I wonder if it was a poor match between the tire and rim designs or maybe a flaw in one or the other.  It sucks that you had to go to a tube.

I appreciate your reply. Exchanged several emails with Schwalbe. Guaranteed me success if I followed their instructions. Didn't work (actually same rim tape, procedure I had been using). Agree, probably a poor match between tire and rim. Not practicable to change rim. Schwalbe says different tire won't help. Same combination works on front wheel. Bike shop compressor has enough pressure to seal tire bead to rim long enough to be able to pump up tire. Too much trouble to keep going back to bike shop when tire is flat from losing seal with rim.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 05:51:40 pm »
My tires don't typically "seat" until there is 20 psi or more pounds of pressure in them.

I don't what you are going on about. I stated, "With the wheel I had trouble with, seating the tire wasn't the problem. After the tire was seated, before could pump air to fill, tire would pull away from rim." After tire was seated, locked to rim, heard tire pop, tire pulled away from rim, breaking seal. Again, "before could pump air to fill".

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 04:44:19 pm »

I don't think we mean the same thing when we say "seated".  To me it is "seated" is when the bead pops tightly onto the bead of the rim making a tight seal all the way around.
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That's what I mean.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 03:52:55 pm »
Some tire rim combinations are harder than others.  Also there is some technique and some luck in getting them seated.  I have actually managed to seat a Stans No Tube setup on my MTB with a floor pump.  I have a compressor and typically would use it but tried doing it with the floor pump just to see if it was possible.  I seated one side the best I could by hand and worked the other bead against the rim as best I could.  I pumped a few explosive strokes and was surprised to see the tire seat just fine.  It went easy enough that I think I just might have been able to do it with a frame pump if I had to.  I'd think using a belt around the tire would help, but I didn't need to.  It probably helps that it was a previously seated tire and not a new one that was coming out of a box from a folded condition, so the bead was nice and smooth and round.  It probably would have been much harder with a brand unused new tire.  A repair where one side remained seated would make it easier.

I don't remember for sure, but I think I had a crappy little 3.5 gallon harbor freight compressor when I first went tubeless and it worked fine with no fuss at all.  I may not be remembering that right though and just might have had a much nicer California Air Tools 10 gallon compressor by then.

With the wheel I had trouble with, seating the tire wasn't the problem. After the tire was seated, before could pump air to fill, tire would pull away from rim. In my case the same combination works on front but not the back. I don't think a different tire will make a difference. I have had others say how easy it is mounting tubeless tires. With my problem wheel, it is easy for the bike shop with their compressor. Even if I had a compressor such as the bike shop's I wouldn't be happy. Shouldn't have to remount a tubeless tire as often as I have had to do it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:18:17 am »
"Yep" on the compressor

There are compressors and there are compressors. A borrowed compressor couldn't do it.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:16:24 am »
"how frequently did you get flats before you went tubeless?"

Not often--except on tour!


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Gear Talk / Re: Tubeless Tour Experiences . . .
« on: February 05, 2021, 10:24:20 am »
I have 35mm tubeless tires on my touring bike. I have not done a tour yet on this bike, but have several years use as an all-around bike, grocery shopping, etc. No flats, but I wonder if I had a flat and sealant sealed tire and I didn't know it. Recently, I put a tube in rear tire. Tire was losing seal, and I got tired of going to bike shop and having them remount tire. No problem with front tire. Both front and rear wheels have Schwalbe Marathon Supreme tires on Bontrager Tubeless Ready 36-hole rims. I have a Schwalbe Tire Booster; didn't do the job. Needed compressor to mount tire.       

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Gear Talk / Re: How much does your sleeping gear weigh?
« on: November 05, 2020, 12:16:37 pm »
When I look to buy I have the following maximum weights in mind:

Tent: (1-man) 3 lb
Sleeping pad: 1 lb
Sleeping bag: 2 lb

I have bicycled the entire Northern Tier.

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Gear Talk / Re: Anyone Familiar with the Trek 520?
« on: October 18, 2020, 09:47:35 am »
I can only say I had a 2008 Trek 520 which seemed very similar to my 2017 except for disc brakes.

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Gear Talk / Re: Anyone Familiar with the Trek 520?
« on: October 16, 2020, 10:39:30 am »
I think my fenders are 45mm.

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Gear Talk / Re: Anyone Familiar with the Trek 520?
« on: October 14, 2020, 11:36:38 am »
I have a Trek 520 2017.

Tires: I use 700x37 Marathan Supremes. Bigger may fit but I don't know if would make much difference in use. (Fenders reduoce tire cleareance.)

Fenders: I use Cascadia plastic.

Racks: Much prefer Evo over Cargo. On front, tried Tara; wouldn't fit.

Pedals: https://www.rivbike.com/collections/pedals/products/mks-rmx-sneaker-pedals

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Routes / Re: Atlantic Coast Route Section 6 Map 65 update
« on: September 29, 2020, 09:11:42 am »
Have you sent this to the Maps department of this organization? They are very appreciative of corrections and additions.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Mounting Question
« on: September 03, 2020, 10:29:14 am »
FWIW, I've been using a not-quite-level Tara rack with Ortlieb panniers for over 10 years.  The Ortlieb system hasn't resulted in an unintentional unmount yet.  YMMV, especially with other, potentially less secure, mounting systems.

My attempt to mount a Tubus Tara resulted in a more than a  slight angle from horizontal. Really unacceptable.

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Gear Talk / Re: Tubus Tara Lowrider Front Rack Mounting Question
« on: September 02, 2020, 09:17:55 am »
I had to sell a new Tubus Tara rack I planned to use because it would not fit on my late model Trek 520 touring bicycle. The bicycle has disk brakes; the brakes were not the problem. The problem was the limited adjustability of the Tara rack. I could not get it level. I called the USA distributor for help; they had no solution (I suspect others have reported the same problem). This rack was the new version with drilling on top for mounting a headlight. I used an earlier version of the rack on a different bike with V-brakes with no problem. I do not know if the new version of the rack has less adjustability than the old version.

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