Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Washington, the state
A sidewall puncture can not be repaired. Use of a tube might get you home, but no high speed highway riding.
You need to remove the wheel, deflate the tire, work one bead off the rim, remove the valve, put the tube in, reseat the bead, inflate, reinstall the wheel. Note the rim hump that the bead needs to slip over to seat on a tubeless wheel. You need lube on this and maybe a compressor with good capacity. Practice at home before you need to do this in the desert.
You'll probably need to break the beads on both sides. To get the bead over the rim, you need to squeeze the beads together and slip the beads on one side into the recessed center of the rim to give room for the bead across the wheel from you to clear over the rim.
(I'm thinking of the wheel as having three parts--hub, spokes, and the rim of the wheel.)
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Last edited by PTRider; 03-06-2014 at 02:08 PM.