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Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!(4 posts)

Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!tinker6468
Sep 28, 2001 9:15 AM
I am in process of buying a used bike with with a set of tubular wheels. I will admit my lack of knowledge about this type of wheel. Who has the best solution for flat repair on the road. I know someone has a great idea on what to do. If you could share your thoughts I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
re: Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!Akirasho
Sep 28, 2001 10:23 AM
http://draco.acs.uci.edu/rbfaq/FAQ/82.html

...depends a bit on the type and cause of the flat, but in general, there's no easy fix on the road 'cept carrying a spare pre-glued tubular or two... Even on the home front, some tubular punctures are difficult and time consuming to repair (some businesses cater to tubular repairs).

One other alternative that I've yet to try (though I did get the stuff) is Tufo's sealant http://www.tufo.com/ http://www.tufonorthamerica.com http://www.tufonorthamerica.com/accessories.html

Since I generally use my tubulars on a relatively short closed loop course, and are relatively low mileage, I've forgone adding the sealant (note: your tubulars need removable valve cores or tons of patience to insert the sealant) in lieu of a spare casing.

While it might sound like a lot, depending on your ride and available support, this is a small amount of insurance... much akin to a spare tube or two (albeit at a bit more weight).

We abide.

Remain In Light.
one notejaybird
Sep 28, 2001 10:31 AM
Your spare doesn't have to be preglued. The tire will stay put well enough to get you home.

Note from personal experience: Make sure you remember to glue it on before you try and ride in a criterium. I did get a cool scar though...
re: Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!Kevin
Sep 29, 2001 3:59 PM
I raced on tufo tubulars this year. Before the first big race, I injected some sealant into the tire (10gms mabey??) and went out to ride the bike to make sure the bike was set up correctly. Wouldn't you know it, my $90.00 (Canadian funds) tire took a piece of glass in the tread and started shooting out air and sealant. A couple of seconds later (minus 40psi) it stopped. I rode back home with no difficulty. Frustrated by the fact that I only had 4km on the tire, I rode the 120km road race the next day, and thats with 200psi in the tire. I don't know if the sealant dries up over time, or if it gives out in hot weather, bu I feel pretty confident with that stuff in my tire.