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Converting a Regular Wheel to Tubeless in 7 Easy Steps

Photos by Micah Stenson Converting your wheels to tubeless can be intimidating but the advantages are many. You’ll end up with a better feeling, lighter and more supple tire that is more resistant to punctures. My 6 year old recently asked if we could convert the tires on his Specialized Riprock to tubeless. I said we’d give it a shot. Here’s the process that we followed: Gather Your Supplies You’ll need a few items to get rolling with a tubeless conversion. Here’s a parts list of what you’ll need. 1. Remove Wheels From The Bike It may sound obvious but removing the wheels from the bike is mandatory for this operation since we will be removing the existing tubes and rim strips. 2. Remove the Tubes and Rim Strips First deflate the tubes and then removed tires from the rims. A good pair of tire levers, such as Pedro’s tire levers may come in handy here. 3. Prepare and Apply Gorilla Tape Your Gorilla Tape may or may not come in the right width for …