Fix torn sidewalls, large punctures and little nagging leaks that can ruin your day – and your walletFix torn sidewalls, large punctures and little nagging leaks that can ruin your day – and your walletTubeless tires users who run liquid sealant can often run a tire until the tread is nearly burned off the carcass without suffering a flat 😉 When something large enough to defeat the sealant slashes into the tire, however, the usual option is inserting a tube for the remainder of the crippled tire’s life 👍 I don’t want to spend 60 dollars on a tire that has had a sidewall tear, so lugging around a tube in my tubeless can be almost as bad as throwing it away. There are many ways that tubeless tyres can be repaired. With this week’s Tech Wednesday and some sleuthing, you can repair large holes or tears in tubeless tires. Auto parts You will be able, if necessary to fix any damage or return your tyres to original service. 
These punctures are caused by tiny thorns or sharp rocks, nails and other small objects on the trail. This is the most frequent tubeless puncture and, fortunately, the easiest to repair. You might not have noticed that you had punctured your tyre on the trail. The tubeless sealant found in your tyres often fixes small punctures quickly. If, however, the hole is too big for the sealant to fix on its own – often caused by a pinch flat – you will need a tubeless plug kit. Locate the hole(s) you are looking for and then clean away all dirt. To minimize air loss, ask your friend to hold their finger on the hole if you’re riding with a group. After that, insert the tire into the socket. We are grateful to Diera Gray (Be’er Sheva), Israel, for this tip. 
A small piece of fabric, similar to trail bacon can be used as a sealant for holes that are too large for traditional sealant. The fabric can be pushed into the hole. Trim excess and you are good to go. This can sometimes take a little longer than using plugs so this might not be the most practical option during XC races. It tends to seal when it does. Last longer. When the sealant hardens in the tyre, it absorbs fabric and appears to work like a patch. This can make it last a very long time. Plus, unlike trail bacon, it’s easy to size fabric to match the size of a puncture hole. Like bacon, there’s limits to how big of a puncture this will seal. Also, you don’t have to buy these, you can make fabric patches out of any leftover rags. For their latest insights, we are truly grateful to Tequia Nowak of Songkhla in Thailand. 
Bikeradar.com Also, katherine Moore (Bristol-based gravel/bikepacking expert) mentions that she judges her rides primarily by stoke and not speed. When she’s not scouting out the best long-distance and local off-road routes in the UK, Katherine works as a freelance writer, bike tester, presenter and guide. Katherine was the editor of advntr.cc, and she has been a contributor to the Global Cycling Network. Katherine is a frequent contributor to BikeRadar.com, the BikeRadar Podcast and has hosted the Unpaved Podcast. If you’re out on the trail you’ll likely see her from a mile off, thanks to her rather bright colorpalette!