Originally Posted by aljohn
The local bike shop that sold tubular tyres. They sold glue as well but said tape had pretty well replaced the glue. What are Tufo tyres? I'm in England and never heard of them, but that means nothing !
Tufo is a tire company that makes tubulars AND tape so I thought maybe you had Tufo tires and maybe Tufo was the one that recommended its own tape. I don't know much else about Tufo tires but maybe there's a reason they don't want you to use regular sew-up glue on them.
The other thing to be careful with is the rim manufacturer's recommendations if you have carbon fiber rims; sometimes they will say not to use a particular glue or not to use a particular kind of tape for whatever reason.
But if you have regular aluminum rims and regular tubular tires and you're comfortable with gluing them on yourself then there's no reason to stop now. There are other stories like yours where tape ruined the tires, the tape tifosi will tell other stories about how great it is and how terrible glue is... it's kind of a religious issue.
Why would a bike shop want to use tape? It's faster, requires less skill, and they can probably charge more... those are not necessarily bad reasons, but it's not true that tape has replaced glue; I'd guess less than 20% of tubular riders use tape.
Last edited by DiabloScott; 09-14-09 at 03:45 PM.