Originally Posted by dvs cycles
Personally I would find some cheap used clincher wheels before I would put tubulars on that bike.
Considering the cost if you get flats you'll spend less in the long run.
I save the tubulars for race day only.
Whether you'll have an affordable experience depends a lot on if you have flats, or equivalently, how often. Here where I live we do not have a lot of glass on the roads, and I have had only one flat in about three years, 98% on sewups. My mileage really isn't that high, either. If you are good at fixing clinchers, I'd recommend changing to clinchers, even though I am a sworn tubular devotee.
If you already know how to fix tubulars, you can get along very well with them. It only gets expensive if you cannot repair your own at home, and hence have to buy replacement tires, or have to send them out to a repair service, for at least $15 a pop. If you mount a new tire, or every other remounting, you'll need a new tube of tire cement per tire, at around $4.00 each. Tufo mounting tape is easier to use, very secure, and costs between $8 and $12 per use.
If you get the Yellow Jersey tires, you get three in the deal. This is perfect, because you get a pair to ride on and one to carry as a spare. It can be pre-glued, but if you need it on the road, it can be mounted without new cement and ridden home gently.
You can also usually find pairs of low cost tubulars on Ebay. Pairs of new Continental Giros, Vittoria Rallyes, or Gommitalia Champions can usually be found for $35.00 each. Some here do not like these tires, but I have had good experience with the first two. I have a set of Gommis, but haven't used them yet. They look virtually identical to the others, I expect them to work well. The Contis and Vittorias mounted easily and straight. The are also easy to repair, the base tapes are easy to pull off to access the seam.
So, I have used tubulars most of my cycling life (20 out of the last 37 years), and this is my 2 cents. You can pay huge amounts of money, but you don't need to. If you check out the prices of high-end clinchers and the better tubulars, they begin to look very similar in cost, and in weight. Maintenance becomes a matter of time and capability.