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tubulars on my bike but I want clinchers - options?(10 posts)

tubulars on my bike but I want clinchers - options?steveuk
Aug 30, 2001 7:41 AM

i just got a quality Kalkoff hybrid off ebay and it seems it has clinchers glued onto tubular rims. yes i know. anyway they are off now they were in a bit of a mess and a bit of rust inside. I read up on tubulars and i guess some of u guys will have used them but i don't want the trouble of flats/carrying a spare. What can I do?? Do i need to buy new rims?? new whole wheels?? is there a 'patch' solution which will allow me to fit clinchers to these 27x1 1/4 rims??
New wheelsmr_spin
Aug 30, 2001 7:50 AM
I can't imagine why you would want to hack some solution. It's simply not safe. Just buy new wheels. You'll sleep better. You'll ride better.

You could also buy new rims, but unless you build your own wheels, the cost of replacing just the rims won't be that much less than replacing the wheels. And if there is rust on the rims, what shape are the hubs in?

Just buy new wheels.
re: tubulars on my bike but I want clinchers - options?Brooks
Aug 30, 2001 7:57 AM
I've heard of tubulars glued onto clinchers, but not the other way around. Kind of tough to do, I imagine. And dangerous when going around corners at speed. There is no safe "patch solution" that I am aware of. If you or your LBS can build up wheels, you only need new rims. But you can get pre-built wheels for clinchers relatively cheaply. Good luck.
told ya!Rusty McNasty
Aug 30, 2001 8:18 AM
After reading the descriptions of you "treasures", my advice is to take them to a scrap yard! They aren't worth bothering with! It's not worth putting new parts on $hit! You got royally hosed when you bought these bikes, and spending more $$ is just hosing you even more. Quit while you are behind, and go find a real bike.
<font size="+1" color="000000">cheapest option</font>Dog
Aug 30, 2001 9:19 AM
Just have the hubs relaced onto new rims. You'll need new rims, rim tape, tubes and tires, and likely spokes and nipples. Basically, you have new wheels, minus the hubs.

Might consider just buying some premade Mavic Open Pro rims on affordable hubs. Might possibly be cheaper if mass produced.

Clincher and tubular rims and tires are completely incompatible.

you sure?Jack S
Aug 30, 2001 9:27 AM
With labor, I bet getting new wheels would be cheaper... btw, he says the current wheels are 27" rims (but tubulars? maybe that's why they were glued, or perhaps he's mistaken)- could be compatability problems with the brake tracks lining up if he went with 700c or whatever isn't the same as current rim. if it's a hybrid as he says, some cheapos from LBS would be the best bet. Heed spin; heck, even mcnasty might be right for once.
you sure?fuzzybunnies
Aug 30, 2001 4:44 PM
The 27" that's mentioned in regards to the tubulars is different from the older 27" rims. So if you get new wheels the proper size is a 700c. I'm not certain why tubulars are listed as 27" but if you go with the newer measuring system the tires are still listed as 622 the same as a regular 700c tire. TTFN
'Oo sold you dat bike?Rasta Mon
Aug 30, 2001 11:27 AM
Dat be my bike! One day, I be $hitting behind a dumpstah, an some guy done run come real fast, an 'e jack me bike! Dat bike be mine! Me finds de tyres in a vacant lot, an de wheels in a rubbish tin! Don' you now make fun o' de bike! It be mine!
Quit while I'm behind?!!! NEVER!steveuk
Aug 30, 2001 1:41 PM
McNasty you are a very wicked bad man. Have u no sympathy for the mess I've got myself in? TWO bikes off the ebay (uk) and one has a crank missing while the other is well unheard of - except by some mental Rasta man???

Def 27 rims - it's stamped on them. The inside of rims is totally flat there is no 'edge' for a clincher. This is a German bike remember maybe they do it differently over there???#It has the red, yellow, black stripes of Jan Ullrichs jersey on the down tube#!!

The hubs are v good as are spokes but the bottom of the forks are a bit rusty 8inches up on both sides. Hopefull they will come up nice and are not compromised. OK I think I'll get new wheels if new rims are too much. Thanks for the advice everyone except McNasty man. I have a racer I will post about soon as I get a pic sorted out.
LOL, mon!nm
Aug 31, 2001 4:58 AM