I was bored last night, and decided to try to set up my Neuvation M28 Aero 3 wheelset and Hutchinson Bulldog CX cross tires as a tubeless setup.
Seeing how this was intended as a ghetto and quick project, I just purchased strapping/packing tape instead of Stan’s No Tube Rim Tape and whatnot. I was already in the possession of the sealant, valve stems, and tires, all I needed to do was seal the rims.
First off, I removed the Velox cloth rim tape, and cleaned the inside of the rim with a scotch pad
Next step was to take my $3.00 investment and measure an appropriate width of tape I would need for the rim. I decided 15mm was wide enough, so I took my caliper and went all around the strapping tape and made little marks with a sharpie. Afterward, I took a box cutter all around the roll, and split into the tape as deep as I could.
After applying the strapping tape to the rim, just like you would Stan’s NoTubes Rim Tape, I cut a hole for the valve stem, and then used my soap water to have ample lubrication for the tire bead to slip upon it.
I also applied liberal amounts of the soap water to both sides of the bead of the tire before applying it to the rim for a test inflation. This is where the problems began and the project started to fizzle, literally.
I have seen tires hiss out a little bit of air while installing a tubeless system before, and this case was not the same. The air was escaping from a seam of the tire that ended right after the tire bead.
I’m not exactly sure how or why it was leaking from where it was leaking… Maybe a crack in the sidewall or the carcass was somehow unsound? I have decided to try out some latex sealant to plug this seam, and see if it will hold overnight.
More news as it happens. Stay tuned.