I feel I either have the worst luck or I am plain missing the obvious trick to tubular tires. I restored an 80's steel Guerciotti and it has tubulars in it. I have put about 150 miles in it and I am averaging about 50 miles per rear tire. The first just had a burst/tear, the second a flat of unknow source, and today a very small piece of glass cut right through it. That is just plain ridiculous Also, it seems that everytime I change the tire, it starts riding with a lump to it only to realize later it is because the stem is crooked. No matter how much I try it seems to happen everytime despite it looking straight before I inflate the tire and after.
I have been using Panaracer Sprinter tires so far by the way.
Is there some obvious trick to putting the tire right to begin with? Is this common? Is there some other much better tire that is far more puncture resistance that won't cost me$80-100?? I hardly ride this bike, so I don't want to invest $150-200 in tires I hardly use.
Sorry for the rant, but I am a bit frustrated with this issue.