Thanks for the info.
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Thanks for the info.
Actually, they're not all that bad. Either follow the directions carefully (different glues have different set-up times), get someone locally to show you how, or just keep on riding clinchers like most people do. There's just not as much difference between the tubular vs. clinchers nowadays that there was 20 years ago. I always loved the way tubulars felt back then, but, now...I don't know. I used to even repair my tubulars...you can just sew them back up after patching the inner tube. Tubulars don't seem to flat as often, and when they do, you might be able to continue to ride on the flat, unlike a clincher. Tubular wheelsets are still a bit lighter. Hmmm...why is it that I ride clinchers? I can't really remember.....
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(That which is said in Latin sounds profound)
Here's a good article from the Vittoria site on how to glue tubulars:
I use "Vittoria Mastik 1" and pretty much do as the Vittoria method suggests. Everybody has a little different spin on the procedure. A couple of things I like to do are wear disposable latex gloves and apply the glue to the rim with my finger. Also I like to mask the braking surface of my rims with electrical tape to make cleaning any little glue blobs easier. If you do need to clean up any blobs from the rim, try 3M Adhesive remover. I checked with Hed and thet's what they suggested for the Hed3's .
I don't subscribe to the "many coats of glue method" that the TDF or USPS riders do. They don't have to try to remove a tire from the rim if they flat during a race!
Oh yeah, don't wear your favorite shirt the first time you mount your tire.
Tubs roll better, are lighter, flat less often, are easier to change in a race, make you into a cooler guy. The lightest clincher may beat the weight of a tubular, but you still need a tube, and the hook on the rim quickly negates the "weight advantage". Besides, the ultra-light weight clincher is severely compromised, as a lot needs to be taken away to get it as light as a tub. Most pros still prefer to ride tubs, and most of the teams are still on tubs and will be for a very long time. It is super easy to glue them, as all you need is a turbo trainer or a truing stand to help you out.
There is some guy in Texas who repairs tubulars for $10 each (new tube). I gotta find his number. Generally, however, they are worn out long before they flat (for me).