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best glue for tubulars?(7 posts)

best glue for tubulars?desmo
Nov 15, 2002 9:19 PM
It's been 15 years since I got red goo all over me but I just got a 70's classic with sew-ups. Any improvments in adhesives, or new stuff worth knowing about? Also, a good mail-order source?
I actually found a study on the internet.JS
Nov 15, 2002 9:32 PM
A guy did his college thesis on tubular rims, gluing techniques and glue type. rim cleanliness( especially on carbon rims, the carbon dust causes havoc with the glue)plays a HUGE part in how well the glue works. when all was said and done Vittoria Mastik performed the best in all situations. If you do a search you may be able to find the study, it's pretty interesting.
Nov 16, 2002 6:38 AM
As far as getting the maximum hold, nothing beats Vittoria Mastik1. Except for Conti Sprinters, where using Mastik1 causes the base tape to seperate. Conti glue is nearly as good as Vitt, so not a big problem there.
I have a second "comfort" set of wheels that I use for training. I grew tired of having to use a lever to remove my tires (yes, Mastik1 is THAT strong), and it was nearly impossible to get them off in cold weather, so I'm using Tubasti gutta cr@p on that wheelset. sure makes roadside changes easier, since it never hardens.
FWIW, that review of glues is getting old. Red glues are almost unknown anymore. http://www.worldclasscycles is a good source for glues, tubies, etc. Tufo tires are light years better than anything you had in the 1970's.
I'm using Conti Sprinters...desmo
Nov 16, 2002 10:27 AM
So, you're saying go with the Conti glue as well?

Also, I have a nice pair of Wolbers that are in fine condition except the base tape has dried up and come off. I'd like to use one of these as a spare, can you get a base tape material to replace them?
re: best glue for tubulars?12x23
Nov 17, 2002 9:49 AM
I use Mastik on Vittorias and Conti glue on my Sprinters. I use acid brushes to apply the Mastik, and purchase Cont glue in small cans which have a brush built into the top. Branford sells the Conti glue in cans.
Thanks, I'll try the Conti. Cheers, O nmdesmo
Nov 17, 2002 1:35 PM
re: best glue for tubulars?mackgoo
Nov 18, 2002 7:13 AM
Just don't use Tubasti. That white stuff is a night mare.