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tubular tire gluing tape(13 posts)

tubular tire gluing tapepgantzer
Mar 27, 2003 4:34 PM
if you have used this item could you offer some feedback on a more specific detail. on the box it metions ...installatoin and centering when you "moisten" the textile tubular tire band... moisten?, like what,, a stamp?
re: tubular tire gluing tapeAkirasho
Mar 27, 2003 5:03 PM
... I've used the Tufo brand tape... and it only requires placement on the rim and then the tire applied and blown to pressure to "activate" the adhesive (a post tape ride further activates the glue).

What brand of tape are you using?

Be the bike.
re: tubular tire gluing tapepgantzer
Mar 28, 2003 5:40 AM
thanks akirasho. i noticed the tape was tacky to begin with and was concerned that positioning would be comprimised because of this. thought perhaps the "moistening" issue was to eliminate this pre tacky condition. the brand says "TUFO" on the box.
Tufo is not clear at all...biknben
Mar 28, 2003 5:18 AM
I used the Tufo glue strips a few weeks ago. I just stuck the tape on the rim following the pictures on the box. Tufo instructions are completely useless.

When I mounted the tire the glue was tacky but allowed for adjustment. I wondered about the "moistening" but in the end it wasn't necessary.

IMO: Tufo's instructions are lacking. The glue tape and their sealant both had useless or no instructions. The sealant had nothing. Gee, should the valve be up or down when I put this stuff in? How much do I put in? How should I store the tire after I put the sealant in? What do I do when the valve core gets cloged? When I started using the Tufo products I said to myself, "I hope this stuff works!" In the end, I got through it but I would have liked to have a little more confidence in what I was doing.
So, no wetting required is the concensus?WCC
Mar 28, 2003 3:16 PM
Ive got some of this stuff too, but was a little confused when it said to wet the tire casing...
works greatDougSloan
Mar 28, 2003 7:28 AM
The Tufo glue strips work great. I don't think you need instructions, for it's fairly obvious and intuitive what to do. Put it on the rim, put the tire on, inflate. That's it. I don't know anything about moistening, and you can move the tire around a bit to align properly, if you do it before inflating, of course.

Doug you're a legendwaynebo
Mar 28, 2003 8:34 AM
You are a legend on this site. It is good to see another "retro" out there who still believes in the benefits of tubulars. I glued one this past weekend and the glue monster wasn't too bad to me and now there is glue tape. Wow! Will you glue again or use the tape?
thanks, butDougSloan
Mar 28, 2003 8:49 AM
I just spend too much time here, that's all.

I think I would only use real glue again if I were shown some critical advantage of it for a particular kind of race. Not sure what that would be. For example, if someone proved that glue had x amount less rolling resistance or weight, etc., and I was competing at a high level, I might consider it. Not foreseeable, though.

The Tufo strips work really well. I can't see not using them.

thanks, butJBergland
Mar 28, 2003 9:00 AM
Would racing at the TRACK make any difference in your mind??

Mar 28, 2003 9:21 AM
I've never done it, but I'm told that track racers use hard glue for less rolling resistance. Don't think it has anything to do with how tenaciously the glue holds.

thanks, butcycling6500
Mar 28, 2003 12:28 PM
The Tufo works well indeed.
Make sure that it sticks well to the rim before mounting the tire. It's a pain when you pop the tire on the rim at the last stage and the strip slide off.
yeah, butwaynebo
Mar 28, 2003 1:13 PM
As you know, flats are inevitable. Tearing off a well-glued tire in the summer is not fun. Putting the spare on is easy and off I go back home to change out bikes. What is the process with the gluing tape? Also, do you put new tape over the old tape (I never really scrape any of my old glue off the rim, I just put more on top of the old)? Thanks.
Mar 28, 2003 1:22 PM
Tires are really hard to pull of with the Tufo glue strips. I've started leaving a 1 inch gap opposite the valve to get a hold. The glue may stay on the tire or the rim. In any event, I carry another strip in my bag, so I have a well-glued tire after installing the spare. That's a huge advantage over regular glue.

The glue strips have a nylon mesh embedded, so they stay in tact, and can be removed pretty much whole. However, the glue is so strong, it might delaminate the tire backing from the tire when you try to pull it off. With Tufos, it's not a big deal, as you can't repair them anyway.