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tubular wheels...REGLUE?(4 posts)

tubular wheels...REGLUE?Romolo
May 14, 2001 9:48 AM
i have tubular wheels that i use to race about three or four times a year....the glue is about four years old on the tires....SHOULD THEY BE REGLUED?.......IF SO HOW?
re: tubular wheels...REGLUE?roadcyclist
May 14, 2001 1:43 PM
YES, YES, YES!!! Tubulars should be reglued once a year (at least). No need to clean the old glue off the tires. Use tubular glue remover (sold in better LBS) or acetone to remove old glue from rims. Then LIGHTLY steel wool the rims, then more acetone. Then glue tires on as if they were new. Let them sit AT LEAST 24 HOURS before riding.
sit 24 hours before riding?nuke
May 14, 2001 2:56 PM
Yep, I've heard that advice before...let the glued tires sit on the rim a day before using them...but that brings up a question for me. What happens if you're riding on tubulars and you have a flat? I would guess that you use your spare tubular and glue it on. But then, what do you do? Carefully ride back to your car? Or can you really continue your ride? What do racers do in a race in the same situation? Thanks!
racers get new wheels with fresh tires on themclimbo
May 14, 2001 3:07 PM
as for in general, you carry a spare and put it on the wheel, pump it up and ride home carefully. Tubulars go on very tight without glue and they hold on the rim quite well but not in fast corners. Usually you will have some excess glue on the rim that will help get you home without any major accidents.