Five things I learned from going tubeless on my road bike

Tubeless tire and wheel technology is not new to mountain, cyclocross or gravel bikes. Road cyclists have been slower to adopt this technology – and I am firmly in this camp – until recently.

I was skeptical at first and didn’t see the need to go tubeless on the road. My rationale was a lack of choice of tire options, the perception that tubeless tires are harder to install and more complicated to maintain than tires, and I know how to change a tube quickly. As a rider who started racing on tubulars and switched to clinchers years ago, I just didn’t know much about using tubeless tires and sealant for my wheels, but I have seen many YouTube videos of sealant incidents and have heard some riders complaining about maintenance issues. .

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