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Old 08-22-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Tubes in Tubeless Tires

Hey

Question: can you put a tube in tubeless tire? Specifically an f650gs?

I'm probably over analyzing here, but lets say a person was going on a two week trip far from home in rural america... and got a flat that couldn't be plugged, could said person put a tube in the tire? If you can, does anyone have any pointers...?

Just thinking and planning for said two week trip...

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Old 08-22-2012, 10:51 AM   #2
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Yes, you can put a tube in a tubeless tire.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:46 AM   #3
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Yes, you can put a tube in a tubeless tire.
But if there's a hole in your tubeless tire, put a patch over it on the inside so the tube doesn't find it's way through or abrade itself till it pops.
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Old 08-22-2012, 11:56 AM   #4
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If its a radial tire, make sure you get a radial tube. Radial tires aren't finished smooth inside and the roughness will chew up a tube. Radial tubes are twice as thick as a non-radial tube.
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Old 08-22-2012, 02:58 PM   #5
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But if there's a hole in your tubeless tire, put a patch over it on the inside so the tube doesn't find it's way through or abrade itself till it pops.

So the same problem and the use of a patch would also apply to an F800GS if they had that bad of a flat?
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Old 08-22-2012, 08:54 PM   #6
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I'm running tubeless tires with tubes. No problem.

I wounder why you would want to put a tube in the tire when you can plug a tubeless tire without having to take it off the bike. I've plugged everything from motorcycles to ATVs and have never had a problem. You can put a patch on the inside if a plug doesn't work. That is still easier than mounting a tire with a tube.
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:24 AM   #7
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I'm running tubeless tires with tubes. No problem.

I wounder why you would want to put a tube in the tire when you can plug a tubeless tire without having to take it off the bike. I've plugged everything from motorcycles to ATVs and have never had a problem. You can put a patch on the inside if a plug doesn't work. That is still easier than mounting a tire with a tube.
I am probably over analyzing, but i'm going on big trip, in the nowhere lands of Utah. Was wondering if i should take some tubs incase i had some type of really bad flat that couldn't be plugged. Now i'm wondering if i should look at a tire patch kit if that would be better. I'm running on a plug right now on my rear tire, and have for awhile. I do have a new tire in the garage, that i'm going to put on before i leave.

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Old 08-23-2012, 07:55 PM   #8
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plug kit

Take a plug kit. They can be applied without taking the tyre off. If you seriously think you might make a big hole then take a tube along as a spare. Practice removing the tyre and fitting the tube before you go.

Having the tube already installed defeats the purpose. If you get a hole that can be plugged it is easier without a tube. (5 minutes) If you get a hole too big to plug you will need to take the tyre off and put a patch over it so the tube does not poke out.

Might be a good idea to take a tube but not pre- fitted.
If you hit something hard enough to put a big hole in the tyre you are likely to bend the rim too.
A tube might be handy if you have a problem with sealing against a slightly bent rim. Might, at least, get you home.

Also recommend some rim protectors so you don't damage the rims with your tyre levers.
And take a couple of unopened tubes of rubber cement. Nothing worse than going to do a repair and finding the cement has gone off.


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