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Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!!!(9 posts)

Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!!!tinker6468
Sep 28, 2001 9:30 AM
I am in process of buying a used bike with with a set of tubular wheels. I will admit my lack of knowledge about this type of wheel. Who has the best solution for flat repair on the road. I know someone has a great idea on what to do. If you could share your thoughts I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks.
re: Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!!!jacques
Sep 28, 2001 9:54 AM
The traditional approach is to 1. pull the defective tire off the rim, 2. put the spare on the rim and pump it up, and 3. ride home. Go through turns very carefully. Once home, throw the bad tubular on the "bad-tubular-pile" and repair it and two or three more on a long, dark and rainy winter night.

The devil is in the details. Tubulars need to glued securely, but if you can't pull them off the rim, step 1 is impossible. If there's not enough residual glue left on the rim after step 1, step 3 is very dangerous.

A long, long time ago, most riders used to be able to change a tubular on the road in less than 90 seconds. Actually repairing a tubular on that long winter night takes about one hour and the combined skills of a surgeon and a tailor :-)
here's what you do:Rusty McNasty
Sep 28, 2001 10:34 AM
Make sure that your spare is pre-glued. Keep it folded, sticky side together, inside a plastic bag, tied closed, inside your seat pack. that way, the glue doesn't dry out.
When the inevitable flat happens, at least it will stick to the rim.
Unless you have cerebral palsy, any moron can fix a simple tubular flat in about 20 minutes-maybe 30 the first time.
Slime? - nmdzrider
Sep 28, 2001 10:58 AM
re: Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!!!Smo
Sep 28, 2001 12:19 PM
Tubulars, if you carry a spare are really easy to change. Your repliers all say the same. Slime, I have not used.
But, tubulars ride really great!!!!!
DON'T USE SLIME!!!!! (nm)Rusty McNasty
Sep 28, 2001 1:26 PM
DON'T USE SLIME!!!!! (nm)CT1 Guy
Sep 29, 2001 12:43 AM
If you leave the bike for any period - the slime pools at the bottom of the tire and you get a nice lumpy feeling - sort of eliminates the whole reason for riding tubulars -used to work with wheelchairs where the stuff is a practical neccessity - only dorks use it on road bikes!!
lumpy???Rusty McNasty
Sep 29, 2001 5:57 AM
Gee, I used to think that ALL tubulars were lumpy, until i bought some decent ones!
seriously, any tubular that costs less than about $40 is crap (and quite a few that cost more, too!). Here is a list of those you don't want to use:
Vittoria: anything other than Corsa
Continental: Giro
Hutchison: Gold
re: Tubular Wheel Challenged - HELP!!!!mackgoo
Sep 29, 2001 6:12 AM
Go with the tub's you'll never look back. My experience with "cheap" tubs has been great. I just picked up 3 14$ tubs and the ride is as good as any clincher I have ever ridden. Carry the spare and enjoy. You won't flat any more than clinchers and I would say you'll flat less, that's just being anecdotal. I have continued to be very impressed by these guys for prices on what I have looked at. when first going to the page it flips out loading hit your stop button on your browser it usually fixes it. Make sure you choosed dollars on that first page. The shipping is no more than shipping in the states and VAT doesn't aply.