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patching a tubular (Tufo 215)(7 posts)

patching a tubular (Tufo 215)hayaku
Jul 16, 2003 7:17 PM
I had a race on the weekend and got two punctures. It was only the third time I had used my race wheels and the tires are expencive, so I don't really want to replace them just yet.

I read my copy of Zinn and the art of road bike repair which said to cut the stitching and pull the punctured section out. However there is no sewn up section on the 215s... How do I get to the tube?

thanks for your help.
no go with TufosDougSloan
Jul 16, 2003 7:43 PM
Tufos cannot be repaired. You might try injecting some sealant and see if it holds, but I wouldn't trust it except to get home. You're screwed. Welcome to tubulars.

re: patching a tubular (Tufo 215)desmo
Jul 16, 2003 8:20 PM
switch to Conti Sprinters. cheap, ride nice, and repairable.
Can't repair them!...that sucks. I'll try thehayaku
Jul 17, 2003 12:40 AM
sprinters. Thanks.
Try the Tufo sealant first!MShaw
Jul 17, 2003 11:21 AM
I've had good luck with small holes with the Tufo goop. The local rep has a tire with the goop in it that has many, many safety pins sticking out of it, and it still holds air.

You should do your homework before buying anything.niteschaos
Jul 17, 2003 7:23 PM
I got a puncture in my Tufo rear tire. Unscrewed the valve stem, put in 20g of Tufo Sealant, pumped up to pressure and was fixed. Took less than two minutes.

Didn't you go to the Tufo website? Come on, dude.
Jul 19, 2003 9:33 AM
I've used the Tufo sealant before, and it has worked, and held a full 150 psig, too. However, I once got a gash about 1/8" long, and the sealant was unable to fill that-tire:junk. Also, if you use the sealant, it's a good idea to screw in an old valve, since some of the sealant will eventually get into the valve before it all finally solidifies. Be sure to go for a good long ride right after using the sealant, just to spread it around. I usually carry an old valve along with my tufo sealant.
Sprinters are o.k., but they weigh about 280g each. Trust me-I've weighed them. I'd have to belive that anybody who buys the 215g tufos wouldn't want the extra weight. If you need lighter, repairable tires, try Vittoria Corsas, Conti Comps, or even Veloflexes.