Just put a tube in it: why tubeless wheel systems aren't ready for road bikes

And other issues the road market should address before fully adopting tubeless tech...

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I would like to preface this rant comment with the statement that I am not a tubeless naysayer. Nor am I a member of a certain tribe of riders keen to teeter on 21mm tyres whilst vowing on the sanctity of rim brakes forevermore. 

However, last night I had a tubeless nightmare. And I blame the bike industry, or, more specifically wheel, tyre and sealant manufacturers.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.