In this episode, Calvin and Truman crack open a cold one and dig into wheel imbalance and whether the finicky process of balancing your wheels makes a difference to overall wattage.
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Ignore the sealant, because the distribution of that liquid mass cannot be controlled. Assuming the wheel and tire is balanced and the "womp womp" is at a minimum, the sealant shouldn't pool up in any one spot too much.
Another thought, if there IS a heavy spot causing one spot of the tire to have a larger effective radius when the wheel is spinning due to the axle wobbling in sync with the heavy spot, wouldn't the liquid sealant want to pool in that spot due to centrifugal force, thus making the imbalance even more extreme?
All this said, I do not take the time to balance my wheels, because... ain't nobody got time for that.
I would definitely balance with the tyre and valve fitted though, the same as you would with a car wheel/tyre.
Now on the road there is a big difference, especially at high speeds. I have been balancing my wheel/tires system on road bikes for 10+ years and at speed it is very noticeable. You can't just balance the wheel without the tire mounted. Even if you remove the tire you need to remount it the exact same or it will mess up the balance. I use a main weight inside the rim to get the initial balance and then lead solder wrapped around a spoke to fine tune.
So I'd have to deal with spoke tension, wheel trueness, bends and hub centering. I already have a headache!!
Centripetal = force from outside to center
I've had Gluten free beer (meh, Ghostfish, meh) but that looks like soda to me....