Tubeless bike tires are almost taking over the biking world. And it is not in vain; these tires are more convenient and less costly to maintain in the long run. For instance, you can kiss goodbye to constant bike punctures, and you also have the benefit of riding comfortably despite the low pressure of the tire.
Nevertheless, tubeless bike tires also need pressure replenishing. You probably are just starting out with tubeless bike tires, or this process has always been the hell of a disaster for you, and this time you want to do it all right. Either way, we got you, just read on and get to know how to inflate a tubeless bike tire.
Step by Step Guide on How to Inflate a Tubeless Bike Tire
So, you want to learn how you can successfully inflate your trendy bike tire without involving the trial and error thing this time? Let’s have a look at what we have here;
You will need;
- An air compressor (Available on Amazon) or Foot pump (Amazon)
- Ratchet straps (Available on Amazon)
- A valve core remover tool (Available on Amazon)
Step 1: Clear Out the Sealant
A sealant is a liquid put in tubeless tires to minimize the risk of punctures by sealing the tire from the inside. However, you don’t want to trap the sealant coming up and sticking on the pump head, right? Hence, you will need to get it out first.
Turn the bike tire, so that the valve is at the bottom-most part of the tire. This way, you will get all the liquid sealant collecting at the bottom. After around minutes, you should turn the bike tire, the valve at a 45-degree incline.
Open the valve cover by twisting it anticlockwise. This will loosen it, and you will eventually get it out.
Place the valve core remover tool on the head of the valve core, and twist it out anticlockwise. Get the valve core out, and with it will come the sealant.
Allow the sealant to flow out until it stops. Actually, it will not take much of your time at all.
Step 2: Clean the Rim of the Tire
Using a damp piece of cloth, clean the rim o the tubeless tire. This way, you will avoid getting stuck during the pumping.
However, if you already had the tire out, cleaning the rim will help create a good ground for the tire and rim to make a better bond. If this is the case, then you should fit the tire immediately after the cleaning of the rim process.
Thence, it is a necessary process depending on your individual situation.
Step 3: Tie the Rachet Straps Over the Tire
A bike tire has quite a circumference that you cannot ignore. Therefore, you might need more than one ratchet straps, all with a clipping end. Clip the straps into each other to make a single long strap.
Once you have the strap ready, surround the bike tire with it. And, if possible, attach the ratchet strap clips to the bike at intervals where you come across them. This way, you will ease the task, as the strap will not come off as you proceed to finish tying it round.
Why do you need the straps on the tire anyway? It is not easy to add pressure to a tubeless tire, as it keeps moving from side to side. You might end up doing some zero work. So, to hold the tire to the rim, it is necessary to tie the ratchet straps.
Alternatively, if you do not have the ratchet straps, you can use a rope and a small metallic pole. How to go about it?
Simply tie the rope all round the tire, just as with the ratchet strap. Then, tie the rope with a knot at the end, and it doesn’t have to be tight at this point. Insert the metallic pole into the knot, and use it to twist the rope to a tighter binding.
Done? We are almost through now, just hang on!
Step 4: Inflate the Tubeless Tire
Taking the air pressure pump, clip or insert it over the valve area. Using the air compressor, simply release the air and allow it to fill up the tire.
Or are you for the foot pump? Then, secure the nozzle to the valve core, and pump the pressure in with your foot.
You will see the tire bulging out as you add the pressure, with every addition. Once you feel that you have added sufficient pressure, remove the nozzle from the valve.
Step 5: Add the Sealant
Now, you can opt to add sealant to your bike tire after pumping the pressure in. After all, you poured out the sealant before inflating the bike tire, remember?
So, take your new bottle of sealant. The cap is narrow, and open, to provide for an easier way to put it in the tire.
Open the cap, because the seal of the bottle is under the cap. Carefully remove the cap. You can use a sharp object of the hands prove futile.
Once you remove the seal, put back the cap. Quickly put the bottle upside down, and into the valve of the tubeless bike tire.
Allow it into the tire, until the little bottle is empty.
Step 6: Seal the Tire
Now it is time to put back the valve core on the valve. Twist it clockwise, until you can feel the resistance. Then, you can put the valve core cap on, finally sealing the valve.
Step 7: Remove the Ratchet Straps
At this time, you can now remove the ratchet straps, or the rope, if you used one.
Unclip the straps at the points where you clipped them into the bike tire.
You just learnt how to inflate a tubeless bike tire, and all on your own. It is as simple as that, and the good part is that this is an occasional process. The tire rarely flattens out.
Now your bike is ready for the road.
The fact is obvious though; you made it on your own!