How to avoid holes in the bicycle tires and tubes?

One of the objects that most comfort our pedals is also the most vulnerable of the bicycle tires and tubes; it is exposed to everything on the street and on the tracks. During the pedal synonym, we cannot simply stare at the ground taking care of only the objects that will pass under the tires.

And sooner or later this overexposure of tires may surprise us with perhaps one of the most annoying things while we pedal … flat tire.

And it may happen more than once in one day. I already had the displeasure of having the same 3x flat tire the same day. But there are ways to alleviate this discomfort.

Bicycle tire and tube

In this article, we will comment a little on some ways available in the market to dribble the holes. That’s not to say that if you do one of the following things your tire will never stick, but it helps a lot.

Galena, remembering that there will not be commented and will not be taught how to patch a camera or change it, we will talk about it at another time.

Anti-bore tape

The anti-bore tapes are extremely efficient; they are placed between the camera and the tire. Protect your camera against nails, spikes, debris, glass shards and other sharp, sharp objects.

In these varieties of bicycle tires and tubes enemies is the famous tire wire, it looks like a clamp, is very small and thin and has to the hills mainly when we drive through the BR’s. It is usually the truck tires that loosen these wires.

The tape reduces the possibility of these objects penetrating the camera; it is a kind of obstacle to these sharp objects.

It is worth remembering that the tape is only efficient in the tread of the tire, sharp objects can pierce or cut the sides of the tire.

It can be reusable, that is, it can be taken from one bike and placed in another.

In general, they are divided by colors, for example, the green ones are for rim bikes 29, the purple ones are for the hybrids and the red ones are for the rim bikes 26.

They are usually sold per unit and cost an average of R $ 25.00 each. And it also has manufacturers that sell case already with the pair.

Air Valve Sealant

Soon he has fallen in the taste of the Galena, from time to time quite a cyclist has opted for this “liquid almost miraculous”. But how does this work? Let’s find out now.

This sealant is primarily intended to seal the small-hole air chamber and has been shown to be an inexpensive and highly efficient way of avoiding them.

In the case of Schrader chambers, thick nozzle, it is necessary to withdraw the valve and inject the liquid through the nozzle. The Presto valve chambers, fine nozzle, also have the possibility to inject the liquid, but only some models. Look for a specialized shop to find out if your thin-tipped chamber will remove the valve.

As the wheel rotates, the sealant spreads and turns into a thin layer throughout the interior of the chamber. At the moment something to drill, the air presses the sealant into the hole and because it is a sticky liquid, it clogs and covers the hole.

Research well before you buys the sealant because there are brands and models that work well and those that do not work. The brands I know with the best cost x benefit are secure.

Everyone, do not forget that it only works for small holes and each tube has its correct dosage. See the label on the sealant package.

Tubeless tires

After all, what does that mean?

Tube – inner tube. Less – less. It is the absence of the inner tube.

It is the tubeless bicycle tires and tubes. This requires the tire, rim, and nozzle to be special. The rim should be fully sealed so that the air does not come out either through the nipples, the valve and the side where the tires fit.

The application is quite simple, just take two spatulas and open a space between rim and tire and pour the sealant. After applying it turn the wheel for about 5 minutes to spread the product.

Application tubeless sealant

As the wheel rotates, the liquid is trapped in the inner walls of the tire. When a thorn, for example, pierces the tire, the air presses the sealant against the hole. Preventing air from getting out of the tire.

Another great advantage of this technology is that the rider can use less tire pressure, thus gaining more comfort, more traction and grip. It also decreases the weight of the rim/tire assembly.

You can turn your bike’s wheels, camera, and tires into Tubeless. Today there are kits to carry out this conversion, but you need to change your tires.

The ideal and most indicated is that it is a Tubeless tire, but if you do not want to invest so much in the conversion, then use conventional Kevlar tires without a wire in the frame.

Attention. Normal tires with wire frame are not compatible with this technology.

In these kits, they accompany the two nozzles, the two sealants and the two tapes to seal the wheels. The big disadvantage is that this conversion is not very cheap, starting with the kit itself.

This sealant is valid for approximately 2 months. Stay tuned for this data so that it remains efficient and you are not caught off guard on the pedal.


Every cyclist should consider using either the anti-puncture tape or the sealant, this will give you more safety and more time to enjoy your pedal.

The liquid is super-efficient for small holes and I believe about 90% of them are made of nails, spines, and wires. The sealant will give you more safety on the pedals because the concern with a flat tire is almost zero.

On my bikes, I use the anti-bore tape since I drive with my Road Bike only on the asphalt and with my MTB I usually walk asphalt and dirt roads.

For those who enjoy tracks, the sealant is certainly more efficient. It is worth remembering that the more worn tires stick with more easily.

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