Tube­less Tyres and Spoke Wheels

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I have a Royal En­field Bul­let 350 and I go on long trips at least once in two months. Fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous punc­tures, I am con­sid­er­ing chang­ing to tube­less tyres as they are more con­ve­nient to re­pair. I heard that spoke wheels can be shod with tube­less tyres after seal­ing the in­side of the rim. Is it ad­vis­able to do so and will it have a neg­a­tive ef­fect on the han­dling?

Ra­jesh Bi­hari, Lucknow

Dear Ra­jesh, it is true that tube­less tyres are eas­ier to re­pair as you don’t have to dis­mount the tyre from the rim to re­pair a punc­ture. How­ever, it is not pos­si­ble to fit a tube­less tyre to a con­ven­tional spoke wheel. There are bikes that do come with spoke wheels and tube­less tyres, but they use spe­cial wheels where the spokes are fit­ted in re­verse and the in­side of the wheel is com­pletely sealed, just like an al­loy wheel. In­stead, we would rec­om­mend that you use good qual­ity tyres and keep them in­flated to the right tyre pres­sure that should keep the num­ber of punc­tures to a min­i­mum.

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