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question on sew ups(5 posts)

question on sew upsclaudio clamp
Jun 26, 2003 7:05 AM
i've recently come into a pair of tubular rims that i'm really excited about riding on. it occured to me though that if i'm on a ride far from home and i get a flat, i'm really not sure what to do besides call my girlfriend and beg her to come pick me up. it seems that patching is not a roadside repair job and glue takes time to dry and jill might not be home so i'm wondering what you guys do.
You need to carry a spareMR_GRUMPY
Jun 26, 2003 7:16 AM
Folded up the proper way, and strapped to your seat rails with the proper old toe strap. You don't need glue when you're using a spare. Just slow down to 10 mph in the turns.
And if you get a second flat, you're SOL.

Save the tubulars for racing on, and train on clinchers.
You need to carry a spareAkirasho
Jun 26, 2003 7:42 AM
... your spare casing should be pre glued...

Be the bike.
What to carry...MShaw
Jun 26, 2003 9:39 AM
When you're riding tubulars, its going to be up to you to make sure that you can get home. Since you only have one spare (two at the most), if you get two flats, you're screwed.

The best emergency solution I've heard of is to carry a tube of the Tufo tire sealant with you. If you flat, you can either put the Tufo goop in the tire then pump, or change to the spare and if you flat again, then install the goop and pump.

OR, maybe just install the goop before you mount the tires? For racing tires, I generally don't put the goop in (weight y'know), but for training tires it doesn't matter as much.

Tufo Goop:Alexx
Jun 26, 2003 12:23 PM
This stuff works pretty well on small holes, but not the larger ones. If you put it in ahead of time, you will notice that the wheel feels a bit off-balance, until the goop warms up and moves around. Also, this will tend to crud-up your valve. Only good ($$) tubulars have the needed removeable cores, anyway.

For those long rides, sure, carry 2 spares. Sometimes I'll carry 1 spare, 1 tube of tufo goop, and a sew-up kit, just in case...(of course, even when I'm riding my Tufos, my spare is always a 'regular' sew-up tubular)