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Tubie newbie...(3 posts)

Tubie newbie...g-money
Mar 28, 2002 11:28 PM
I just picked up my new track bike and it has tubular tires. I've never dealt with them and need the skinny. The bike also came with a new Zipp disk as well, with a new unglued tire. Should I get someone who knows the deal to show me, or is it pretty straight forward???

Any help is good help...
here's what you need to do:Alexx
Mar 29, 2002 3:57 AM
First, buy a tube of decent tubular glue (Continental or Vittoria, NOT Tubasti or FasTack), and get a small, cheap, 3/4" wide paintbrush.
Put 1/2 of the tube on each seat, but not between the 2 spoke holes either side of the valve hole.
Let the glue dry for about 10 minutes. While you are letting it dry, stretch the new tires, by putting under your feet, and pulling upward with your hands.
Finally, put the valves through the holes, then work the tire onto the rim, remembering to keep the tire taught! (If you don't, the last bit will be a real pain). At the top, you will need to force the tire onto the rim with either your thumbs or your palms. In no case should you use a screwdriver for leverage!!! If it's too tight to go on, then pull it off, and start over, remembering to keep the tire taught!
Once the tire is on, inflate to about 25 psi, then center the tire on the rim, all around the wheel.
Once finished, any excess glue on the rim can be removed with Acetone. Be careful if you use this stuff on the tire, since it can cause the base tape to unbond.
Your tire will be ready to ride in about 12 hours.
re: Tubie newbie...Akirasho
Mar 29, 2002 10:52 AM

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