Tubeless Tire Plugs To The Rescue!

See the little brown worm-like plugs coming from my tire? They saved my ride!

Do you ride tubeless? Then you must carry tire plugs in your repair kit.

These little ride saving strips are a must. A MUST!

Let me paint a picture for you:

You've just climbed a terribly steep trail and your legs (and mind) are tired. You've worked this hard to earn an incredible downhill section, because what goes up, must come down, right?!

You've taken some water and a bite to eat and you are ready to roll again. The fun is about to start. You point your bike downhill for what should be 4 non-stop miles of flowing trail. You cover the first mile with a big smile on your face and then all of a sudden you catch a sharp rock with your rear tire. Stans hits the back of your leg as you hear a sudden gush of air.

You bring your bike to a sudden stop and find the hole. It's big, a slit the size of the tip of your finger. Air is escaping quickly, so you stick your finger in the hole to save what air you can.

In this situation a tire plug is needed, actually quite a few tire plugs will be used. (Since the hole is a good size.) A tire plug is a rubbery strip. We sell and use a pack that comes with 5 strips and one applicator (looks like a mini screwdriver, with a fork on the end). 

You thread a strip on the end of the applicator and shove it into the hole in your tire. You don't insert the strip the entire way in, but over halfway. You need the ends to stick out so they can fill up the hole. 

The idea is that the strip will help collect the tubeless sealant and more quickly seal the hole. If the tire's hole is as big as I described above you'll need to put a few plugs in, so that the rubbery strips fill in the entire cut.

Once they are in, spin the tire and try to get the tubeless sealant to the area of the hole.

Now, start pumping. It is always nice to have a friend's help. If all goes as planned no air should be escaping through the cut in your tire. You may see some sealant bubbles, but eventually those too should go away.

Once your tire is holding air, rub some dirt on the ends of the tire plugs, so you take away their stickiness. This will help prevent them from ripping out if they catch onto something in the trail.

Now, you're off. You can enjoy the rest of your hard earn descent!