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Tufo sew-up glue strips(9 posts)

Tufo sew-up glue stripsclimbo
Feb 25, 2002 2:11 PM
Has anybody used one of these strips to mount a sew-up tyre? If so, how does it work and was it effective? It looks a little dodgy to me but maybe it works well. If it did, it would save a lot of mess and time.
glue stripsRusty McNasty
Feb 25, 2002 5:38 PM
They may prevent getting glue on your hand, but they are a pain in the @$$ to use (they bunch-up easily under the tire when mounting), they are a pain to carry around, and they don't work worth a d@mn. You are better off mounting your tubulars with rubber cement than with glue strips. Europeans love them, but europeans also like Renaults. Go figure.
re: Tufo sew-up glue stripsBikeman
Feb 25, 2002 10:39 PM
OK I've used them, but then I've never used the traditional glue either!
What I can tell you is simply this:
You won't get glue all over you, but if one section of the strip gets stuck to another section you won't ever get them apart! Like this can happen if you peel back too much of the protective paper in one go. Luckily when this happened to me, it was the end that got all mangled together, and I was using 650c rims so I just cut the remainder off. Phew!
Also, I've ridden 1500km on the tires that are glued on with this stuff. I've noticed that the glue stip seems to be slowly oozing (or more correctly, creeping) out of the gap between the tire and rim. So it looks a little ugly, and it isn't easy to get off.
Once I had to swap my tire over when I got a puncture, and it was DAMN hard to get off. It took me a good 30 minutes of thumb-aching soreness to pry the thing off. So once the tires are on, they stay on.
BTW, I've also used that tufo sealant, and it works to a certain extent. When I put the now repaired tufo tire back on, I noticed that it is expecially vulnerable to deflating a bit when the temperature goes up (like 35degC) and then you go up hills or sprint somewhere. I wouldn't trust that sealant if you'll be travelling far from civilsation...
Hope this helps
sealant, etc.Rusty McNasty
Feb 26, 2002 4:27 AM
If you put a full 14 ml of sealant in the tire, it won't loose any air! I had a glass shard go through my S33 special rear tire last summer, and the sealant filled it up right away. The tire is still fully inflated, even over the winter.
Glue is quick and easy. Muy vittoria mastik1, and a couple of 3/4" natural hair paint brushes. Put glue on brush, and paint on rim surface (never between last spoke and valve hole. Let dry 10 minutes or so, then put tire on, keeping it taught. Any overflow can be cleaned up with a little acetone (for braking surfaces) or alcohol (for rubber surfaces).
sealant, etc.JimP
Feb 26, 2002 6:33 AM
Yes, the Tufo sealant does work, even on a Continental Sprinter. I had some sealant left from last year and used it to seal a slow leak in a Continental caused by a little cut.
I rode Tufos last season and had 3 of them fail at the valve stem. The sealant doesn't work that well with that kind of failure. The sealant will work with a staple in the tire and small cuts. The sealant got me back with a badly brused tire from a big pot-hole at speed - that one would have been a snake-bite puncture on a clincher - the tire was ruined but I did get back.
sounds like metal burrs on your valve hole!Rusty McNasty
Feb 26, 2002 6:30 PM
Maybe you should check it out, before blaming Tufo!
sealant, etc.Bikeman
Feb 26, 2002 6:54 PM
It works, yes
But once you start riding at temperatures hovering around 90-110F or less - it loses pressure. The road is mighty hot when its 110 degrees out there you know.
Don't do it.JS
Feb 26, 2002 10:23 AM
I know a professional cross racer who is sponsored by Tufo and after rolling a couple tires he went back to regular glue.
I won't - who was it? nmclimbo
Feb 26, 2002 12:39 PM
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