TireAlert.com will fix your flatted tubulars for $16 each
and pay for return shipping from Florida. You can also
learn to fix them yourself and that's a good idea if you
get lots of flats. It's going to take you a lot more than
15 minutes to fix one, though, unless you've fixed lots
of them and learn to be a fast and accurate sewer. My
father-in-law fixed his own but he already had LOTS of
experience sewing people up after surgery. He liked sewing
tubulars up more than people because they don't complain
about the scars.
I have inexpensive tubulars (Vittoria Competition Rally,
23mm) on one bike and have had two flats in 1,800 miles.
The first was due to a glass shard and TireAlert.com
did a nice job fixing it. That same rear tire failed last
week and is not repairable because the sidewall pulled apart.
Still, 1,800 miles is not too bad for a cheap rear tubular
and I got two more to match on eBay for $35 (including
shipping) and I was up and running again two days after
my flat. Gluing is messy but after you've done a few, it's
no big deal gluing up a tire or two every once in awhile.
And the ride on tubulars is worth the effort, even on
cheaper models. On the very high-end ones, it's even better.
Are clinchers easier? Yup. But driving a car is less effort
than riding a bike, isn't it. And you're not asking about
car tires. :-)
Oh, almost forgot. You can buy NOS or nearly NOS vintage
tubular wheelsets on eBay for a song. I bought a NOS set
of Wolber Alpine Super Champion tubulars with Campy Record
hubs for $75 on eBay (including $25 shipping). The rims and
spokes had never been used; the hubs had been on another
wheelset but were near perfect.
Last edited by A.Winthrop; 08-20-08 at 06:57 AM.