I have owned a Trek FX3 for about 6 weeks and I have suffered 3 flats in the last 4 weeks (front and back tires). All my cycling is on road (almost exclusively in the cycle lane). The shop I bought from have recommended that I go tubeless with sealant which I am a bit nervous about.
With all the flats I have managed to get home by simply inflating the tires with CO2, and I would have the tube replaced after that (not repaired).
I have 3 related questions:
- Will the tubeless tire setup generally be more reliable?
- Will I know when I get a flat with the new setup? I worry with this setup that I might not realize that something has punctured my tire and end up with catastrophic tire damage from not removing the cause of the puncture.
- I notice that the CO2 is very cold and was wondering if this might make the sealant less effective?
Thanks in advance.
I opted to try tubeless and the new tires would not fit on the rims no matter what the bike shop tried. It turns out that there was a "tolerance issue" with the wheels on my bike. This might explain why I had so many punctures (or maybe not?!) I ended up getting free replacement wheels which are supposedly a lot better than what I have (They cost more than my entire bike!!) Not sure what benefit this is to me other than the ride does feel a lot more comfortable.