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@MikeClark1 You're missing the details mike. The cement is far from permanent, its just sticky. Recall the tubeless benefits; the lower pressure increases traction and ride comfort (both primary goals to me). There is no inner tube for snake bite punctures. The rotating weight is less. Tubeless is a stage between clincher and tubular that is more flexible and with sealant, awfully reliable. Again, I can't begin to think about the number of flats or burps I might have had in the intensity of racing, yet never knew because the system worked for me. Shake your frustrations and spend some time away, or really into it.

3 years ago on Going Tubeless for Cyclocross – Avoiding the Burp, Choosing the Best Tires, and a DIY System (Updated, Part III)

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Chin up Mike. It sounds like a basic problem in that the tires you have don't fit snug. First, fix that problem (either find a set, trade, start over) or add the tape and work slowly to get the tire to fit in the bead and hold some air before the sealant, and before any thoughts about glue.

On the glue; it is tacky like pitch from wood, not like super glue ruining tires and rims. With air, it helps resist the tire deforming on off-angle impacts (burp). The glue is another step of insurance after the first two steps go smoothly. It works. True, it isn't fun to rub-off later, but it does come off and does not ruin anything. If all goes well, the tires will wear out and another set goes on.

I have been sloppy and hit rocks from all angles running 40psi. and it has all held together. I, too, weigh 170 lbs. We are racing in the super-wet grass/mud/gravel with curbs and potholes for the next several weeks, and I have confidence in my Schwalbe EVO Racing Ralphs on Fulcrum rims from 32-40psi. My teammate got through several days of frustration getting his set of Clement PDX Cross clinchers to hold air, then had a fantastic race last weekend on a course where many flatted. His appear to be "set" really nicely now.

If selling the clinchers is the end of the frustration, consider too the value of pit wheels.

3 years ago on Going Tubeless for Cyclocross – Avoiding the Burp, Choosing the Best Tires, and a DIY System (Updated, Part III)

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an update: it took a patient afternoon, but i cleared the fulcrum rims of glue and put a new layer of glue on along with a new set of Racing Ralphs. Tape, rim strip and sealant and I'm back in action. I'm happy in the dry conditions now at 35 psi, will creep down as the season progresses.

170 pounds, dry, bumpy and rocky conditions right now. i will never know if the glue stopped a burp or a puncture was sealed by Stan's.

3 years, 1 month ago on Going Tubeless for Cyclocross – Avoiding the Burp, Choosing the Best Tires, and a DIY System (Updated, Part III)

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