The tires on my bike are getting quite long in tooth. I need some new rubber for the road.
This shouldn’t be a problem. I have the “spare” set of wheels that I had built for my by Woody’s Wheel Works and a set of tires that were waiting to get used.
I hauled the stuff up to the family room and spooned on the rear tire. Once I remembered how to do it it went on pretty painlessly. I went to seat the bead and luckily I noticed the problem: I was seeing bubbles from the spoke nipples.
This is as you can imagine a problem.
The wheels that Woody built me were magic in a way. These were conventional spoked wheels (BMW has their own magic) that normally need a tube to run correctly. The magic was some goop that Woody added to the drop center of the wheel to seal it up tight.
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These wheels have a history to them.
I got them after I broke the stock front wheel on the Alaska trip in 2008. These were bombproof wheels. Lighter and stronger than stock. These went with me on the ill-fated Labrador trip in 2009. They got written off after the epic crash.
I tracked down the guy that got the salvaged bike and traded new BMW wheels for the custom set back in 2010.
There they sat in the shipping boxes. I didn’t feel the motivation to spoon on new tires while the ones on the bike were still OK.
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Hopefully Woody still does the magic. If not I can run tubes in the tubeless tires and call it a day… I just hope not to get a flat.