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Is there any easy way to change tubulars? Info please(7 posts)

Is there any easy way to change tubulars? Info pleaseCARBON110
Sep 6, 2003 7:59 AM
I have a pair of tubulars. I use not to much glue but plenty so they dont roll in the heat. I only use them for racing. They have a feel and acceleration that clinchers just dont possess. I love my clincher wheelsets equally, but I am wondering if someone here knows something I dont about changing tubulars. For instance, how do you change one on the road? I have a hard enough time getting my tires on the rims at home when gluing them. Is there a glue strip available thats quality assured so they are not sucha pain in the azz? Any info would be great. Thanks!
re: Is there any easy way to change tubulars? Info pleasegenanest
Sep 6, 2003 11:19 AM
Pre-glue them. Put two or three light coats of clear (Conti) cement on the tire. Fold it up and put it in a zip-lock bag in the seat bag. When you flat pull off the old tire, put on the new one, center it on the rim and inflate. It'll be good enough to complete the ride on. When you get home, remount the tire properly.
re: Is there any easy way to change tubulars? Info pleaseAlexx
Sep 6, 2003 12:55 PM
Of course, you are pre-stretching them, right??? No???

Now, just use a 3/4" brush, and brush the glue on the seat of the rim. Slip it on. Simple. Then, go back and center it all the way around.

When changing on the road, just rip the old one off, and stretch the pre-glued one on.

None of those glue strips reall holds well, IMHO
Home gluing tip12x23
Sep 6, 2003 4:01 PM
Here's a tip I picked up last year for gluing tubbies at home. Glue the rim and basetape of the prestretched tire as recommended. Allow the basetape to dry. Apply a length of saran wrap along the inside of the tire and stretch it back onto the stretching rim. Pump the tire to 50 psi or so, and leave it until tomorrow. (The wrap doesn't stick to the basetape). When you come back the next day the tire goes on and is centered easily (as if there's no glue), and sticks like .., well, glue from &%$%.

I have to say I got this tip from Triangleforge over at the Velonews forum. Thanks again, dude.
Home gluing tip12x23
Sep 7, 2003 10:27 AM
I forgot to mention, partially inflate and give the tire time to bond just as you normally do using Mastik or Conti glue.
What about when your on the road?CARBON110
Sep 7, 2003 11:10 AM
Lets say, I want to take my tubulars out once in a while to feel out different tires ( I have more then one set of tubies )Like right now I am comparing Tufos with Vittorias on 2 sets of wheels. How am I suppose to pop my tire off on the road, put a new one on and trust its set right if I get a flat? Ripping off a tire takes some strength and work, which I can manage. However with two or three sets of glue between the rim and tire its not going to be easy. Not to mention getting the tire back on and set before going 45mph down a hill concerns me a little.
What about when your on the road?12x23
Sep 7, 2003 1:42 PM
Don't know about that one. I have 2 prs of tubulars wheels that are identical in build. At the moment I have Vittoria CX's on one pr and Sprinter's on the other. That simplifies it for me.