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Best option for fixing a tubular flat on the road(7 posts)

Best option for fixing a tubular flat on the roadtinker6468
Sep 21, 2001 1:51 PM
I need a little help. Just bought a bike with tubular rims. I have always used clinchers in the past, but the deal was too good to pass up. What do you do when you have a flat when riding. I hear you can put a new tire on and "limp" home. Is there any other options to use to continue riding. Maybe something like double sided tape or a spray can of "stick-em"?

Maybe a better option would be to sell the wheel set and get a set of clinchers. The wheels are Record hubs, barcelona rims and sapim C-Xray spokes. Thanks for the help.
Tufo'sDog
Sep 21, 2001 2:01 PM
Use Tufo tubulars, and just carry sealant.

http://www.tufonorthamerica.com/about_tires.html
or, rebuildDog
Sep 21, 2001 2:10 PM
Or, rebuild the wheels with Mavic Open Pro rims, probably the best all round clincher rim. Should be able to do it for around $80 per wheel.

Dog
Only optionKerry Irons
Sep 21, 2001 4:10 PM
Carry a pre-glued spare. When pumped up hard (you do carry a good frame pump, right?) you will have few worries in all but the most extreme circumstances. Descending steep roads with lots of braking can soften the glue, but it can soften a "home glued" tire as well. Some even suggest riding a bit with the brakes partly applied to get the glue to soften and set better after changing a tire, though I've never found the need. This is where standard tubular glue can be better than FasTac and the like, because it doesn't set up completely hard, and when you remove the flat from the rim, there will be some glue left behind. However, since you're asking this question from a condition of zero experience, I would suggest you follow the advice of another poster - switch to clinchers. Few people are riding sew-ups as training tires any more - the (small) advantages are most prized in racing situations. Are you sure you want to get into the whole tubular thing, when you have no one from whom you can get hands-on instruction and there is minimal performance improvement?
re: Best option for fixing a tubular flat on the roadmackgoo
Sep 22, 2001 1:22 PM
Carry a spare glued tub. Tubs are an excellent ride and worth it. Try them out before going back to clinchers. My bet you won't. When you need tires try this place they have excellent price's and VAT doesn't apply to the states. www.sdeals.com Some times the page acts funny and keeps cycling if that happens hit the "stop" button on your browser that calms it down.
God rides tubulars (nm)Zaphros
Sep 22, 2001 3:57 PM
...but with a support vehicle :-) nmDog
Sep 22, 2001 7:16 PM