Friday, March 23, 2012

Still Recovering and 2Bliss

I'm still trying to recover from this stupid infection. I went to a specialist on Wednesday and he told me not to ride at all, and that it may take another 2-3 weeks. I'd been riding a little bit again this week, and it actually seemed to help me feel better... until yesterday. I felt terrible last night and so I didn't ride. This thing really sucks...

Like I mentioned before, all this time not riding has meant that I've been able to get my bikes ready for this season. Earlier this week, I pulled the tubes out of the tires on my Epic and set them up tubeless. The wheels and tires use the Specialized 2Bliss system. I was curious to see how this compared to my old bike, which used regular tires with Stan's rims. Basically, it wasn't too different, except that the beads definitely sealed up better. At least with new Kenda tires, I always struggled a little to get the beads to seal the first time. With the Specialized stuff, that wasn't a problem. There were still several pinholes in the tire that needed to be sealed with the sealant, but that didn't take too long. I still haven't ridden them, but the tires have held air for several days now, so I think they should be good to go.

My only beef is with the valve that came with my wheels; it doesn't have a removable core, so the only way to add sealant is to dismount the tire. My Stan's wheels had a removable valve core, so it was pretty painless to add sealant.

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