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Hi!
I appear to have a slow leak in may rear tire. It's tubeless. Treads are good... can't seen an issue.

I've no experience with tubeless... what are my options?

Thank you!!

Patrick
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Spray some soapy water around the tire, including around the bead and the valve stem. Look for bubbles. Your options depend on where you find the leak.
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In older bikes, mostly those stored outside, the powder coating on wheels can expand between the wheel and bead allowing air leaks. Cure is to remove tire from wheel and remove any powder coat overspray found on inside of wheel with sandpaper. When I installed new city grip 2's, to replace the thirteen year old tires on my recently purchased Vespa that had air leaking from front tire, I found and solved the air leak problem.
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frank thomas wrote:
In older bikes, mostly those stored outside, the powder coating on wheels can expand between the wheel and bead allowing air leaks. Cure is to remove tire from wheel and remove any powder coat overspray found on inside of wheel with sandpaper. When I installed new city grip 2's, to replace the thirteen year old tires on my recently purchased Vespa that had air leaking from front tire, I found and solved the air leak problem.
I guess my bike is an older bike now...
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Try "Ride On"
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john grinsel wrote:
Try "Ride On"
not sure what you mean...
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PJGinFL wrote:
not sure what you mean...
https://www.ride-on.com/

If you use this, PLEASE tell the person who next changes your tyres before they start. Otherwise you may be in for a clean-up bill...
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PJGinFL wrote:
I guess my bike is an older bike now...
My smile maker is almost an adult, Yours might not be into long pants yet.
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Ride On is water soluble----good bike shops should have it in stock, at about $15 a bottle---eqsy to clean up mess if there is any!
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JKJ-FZ6 wrote:
Spray some soapy water around the tire, including around the bead and the valve stem. Look for bubbles. Your options depend on where you find the leak.
definitely spend some time doing this. very good probability of answering you question as to the cause. always try and find the cause before doing random things
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I had a rear tire on Vanessa, my 2007 Vespa GT leak around one pound of pressure every day.

But I kept riding it, even on a 2000 mile ride last year, carrying a pump to top it off each day.

When it wore out, I changed it, I kept it in the garage awaiting a need as I have extra rims.

When I went to put it on a scooter I found it to have no air pressure at all.

I pumped it up and found it at zero after a few hours.

I dunked it in a big tub of water and found it to be leaking air in a few spots around the bead.

I tried a small tire shop and they tried, but told me that it was a bad tire.

I called Revzilla and they tried to put me in touch with Pirelli but it wasn't worth the hassle to me, so I asked if they could do anything and they offered to sell another tire at their cost.

So I bought a Pirelli Angel 140/70/12 for $50.

But I wasn't done.

I took the mounted tire to Alex, my mechanic.

He cleaned up the paint at the bead and remounted the tire.

It holds air now like the others, good as new.

I know that Alex's time probably cost more than the tire, but I am glad to have it good again.

Bill
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