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Tubular Base Tape Repair(4 posts)

Tubular Base Tape Repairlithiapark
Sep 4, 2003 7:20 PM
I have a 3 year old continental competition tubular that still has some tread life left but a 4" length of the base tape has come loose from the rubber. Is it wise to try to glue it back on or is a new $90 tire good insurance. If it is wise, what glue should I use?
I'm no expertjw25
Sep 5, 2003 9:12 AM
but 4 inches is about what you'd loosen to repair a punctured tube, so I think you could stick it back down without worrying too much.
However, if there's one section loose, it might mean others are coming up, too. I'd definitely go around the entire tire and check the base tape.
As for adhesives, I've seen several options - latex solution, barge cement, or Velox tubular repair glue. The last is in Velox sew-up repair kits, so that would be my first choice. I have no idea what it is, though, so it could be latex solution. Barge cement is a strong contact cement. I've read that tubular glue is a no-no.
Take all this with a grain of salt, though. I'm extremely new to tubies, having just bought some Zipp 440's that need new tires. I'll be starting the process tonight, but I've been doing a lot of reading in preparation.
re: Tubular Base Tape RepairTommasini
Sep 5, 2003 10:12 AM
Use standard contact adhesive from a hardware store - applied to both surfaces and allowed to dry per the instructions (about 5 minutes). This bond should be as good or slightly better than the tire to rim bond given by the tubular rim cemement.

Watch out with conti's however - they are notorious for older ones shedding the base tape - so if 4" are bad now, it may increase as time goes on to other areas. If I recall correctly, numerous posts indicate to only glue the tire with Conti rim cement and never use fastak with conti's as fastak solvents are real bad for the basetape-to-tire adesive.
re: Tubular Base Tape Repairlithiapark
Sep 5, 2003 11:33 AM
thanks for your thoughts gentlemen (nm)