Join Date: Dec 2005
Bikes: Schwinn Paramount, Trek MTB
Risks of Rolling a Tubular?
Greetings all -
After 2 years back into the sport and racing, I'm about to lay down the coin for some aero carbon wheels...adding to the stable of alloy training (32 spoke Open Pros with 105 hubset) and racing wheels (SRAM S30). Can't, however, decide between clinchers or sew-ups. I rode them 20 years ago while in college, and am familiar with their slightly better handling/cornering characteristics, lighter weight, etc.
My main "fear," if you will, is rolling one of these things in a crit, taking down the field, suffering the shame of peers, etc. Plus, I read somewhere that at one time rolling a sew-up meant an automatic suspension (not sure if this is the case anymore). So, as I haven't ridden sew-ups in years and don't know new technology, assuming I have my trusty LBS professionally glue them, what are the "real" odds of rolling one of these things in the typical flat crits we have here in Florida?
Thanks for your advice.