Monthly Archives: March 2016

Stans NoTubes Conversion

I first remove the factory rim tape and installed one layer of the Stan's yellow tape making sure that I covered all the nipple holes.

The instructions call for expanding to inner valve stem hole to 3/8" with a drill. After looking at the valve stem on Stan's rim strip, it is clear that more room was going to be needed for everything to seat properly. I used a tapered bit that is designed for metal and it worked awesome. A regular bit can be used, but this tapered bit only cut the first layer and protected the second. After seeing the rim strip installed, I would not have been able to get my tire on had I opted to skip this step.

The soapy water is the key to installing Stan's rim strip on center. I used plenty of soap in my water to make sure things were wet and slippery. Once I got Stan's rim strip on, I did have to move it and play with it a bit to get all the edges under the tire bead area. But this was actually very easy. If I got a dry spot, I just added a little soapy water, and voila, was able to to easily move into position.

I installed the tire back on, soaped it down, and filled with air to 60 psi and everything snapped into place. Surprisingly it held air rather well - even without any sealant!

The directions called for 3oz of fluid, and I pulled the valve core and use their syringe to get the sealant into the tire. I then re-filled with air to 60 psi with a pump. Note: The first time, I did not add so much air, but my tire did not seat properly and was out of round quite a bit. Once o got it to 60 pounds, everything snapped into place very nicely and the tire was sitting on the rim as expected.

I jostled and bounced the tire around a bit to get the fluid into the tiny holes, and set it flat on its side on the bucket and let it sit for a couple of minutes. No leaks! The tiny little bubble that were first coming out quickly disappeared! Did this for both sides.

All in all, this us a very simple and painless process for going tubeless and I am always  pleased at how everything goes with the NoTubes products.

Replacing Your Chain

Replacing your chain does not have to be difficult. There are many videos there talking about the math to get the correct length - and they can be rather confusing. In this short 3 minutes, I show you how to get the correct length every time!

Note: I am using a SRAM Chain with a split mater link (KMC is the same)  - everything is the same for a Shimano Chain , except the master link which you use the chain tool to push in the master "pin" instead.

Not cool!

As winter comes to an end and spring begins, snow turns to rain and the trials become muddy, I am seeing an alarming amount of fat bike photos tearing up the trails all over the Internet! Even though our 4.8" tires do less damage, they still do damage. Please THINK about what you post BEFORE…
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