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    Gluing tubulars

    It's my first time doing this. I've seen a few videos, and they don't all do the same thing.

    First was the Zipp video on youtube, where the guy uses 2-3 layers of glue on the rim (letting each dry for 24h), then 1 layer on the tire (letting that dry), then finally gluing the tire on with a final 5th layer of glue that has dried for about 5 min. And he waits like 2 days before riding.

    Then there is some other guy that uses only 1 layer on the rim, 1 on the tire...letting those two dry completely, and then gluing it the 3rd time. 1 day to dry.

    And finally, the instructions on my tubular glue that basically say: Clean rim. Apply thin coat and let dry for 5-20min. Mount tire and pump it up. Wait 12H before use.
    The glue is Tubasti, it's French. This is the most extreme one

    I think option #3 is not a good idea, but what about #2? I know #1 is definitely going to work...after a month.

    My rim and tire have been glued previously, so there is some left on there. Do I still need to apply those extra coats on the rim and tire before doing the final gluing, or can I just put the glue on and mount the tire?
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    Tubasti glue...also known as elephant snot, is a thick and tenacious white glue. It works well but can be messy if you are not careful in its application.

    If you are regluing previously glued rims you need to evaluate whether your rims need to be cleaned or can be reglued. It is ok to reglue if you are using the same type of glue and the glue residue on the rims is clean and fairly even coated.

    If the glue is dirty, you are using a different type of glue, or not applied evenly you should consider cleaning the old glue off and starting fresh.

    To clean the old glue off of aluminum rims I recommend acetone as it is available and highly effective. I do not know if acetone is safe for carbon fiber rims but others may chime in with a recommendation for carbon.

    For gluing the tubulars...the tubasti directions are kind of scant but if you tried to apply the method from the first option you list you may find that to be too much glue. In any case, I would recommend 2-3 thin layers evenly spread on the rim allowing the glue to setup for a number of hours between coats. Then 2 thin, evenly spread layers on the tire as well. I apply the tire soon after applying the last layer on the rim so that the wet glue allows the tire to slide into place easily. This also will give you a short window to adjust the position of the tire so that it is centered all the way around. After it is centered pump it up hard and then wait 24hrs for the glue to set and cure for maximum bond.

    If you are regluing previously glued rims then use a layer of fresh glue to reconstitute the old glue and then apply the glued tire as recommended above.

    I like to use continental and vitoria glues as I find them easier to work with and get an thinner and more even spread.

    I put a plastic bag over my hand and put a dab of glue between the spoke holes on the rim and then use a bag covered finger to spread the glue evenly on the rim between the spoke holes. Do one section at a time. It helps to mount the rim in a truing stand or in the frame suspended off the floor so you can rotate the wheel without it touching the floor or other potential vectors that may contaminate the glue.

    Be sure to put a layer of glue on any spares you intend to carry as you dont glue spares on the road.

    Also, stretch your tire by putting mounting it on the rim and pumping it up hard and then leave it for a few days. This will make the tire easier to mount once you have applied the glue.

    Good luck.

    -j

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    I don't really recommend it, but my practice during the year that I used tubulars was to just depend on the tackiness of the old glue. Bought the bike used and just wanted to use the tubulars until they wore out (then I replaced the rims). I did get a number of flats that I patched before I finally wore out the tire tread. Never added any glue and never had any problems even on fast winding descents. Lived in Tucson at the time where there tend to be lots of flats due to all the thorns and also plenty of mountain descents. I don't pretend to set any speed records, but I also wasn't holding up the group on our rides.

    I'd expect any of the three options you give above to work ok.

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    The procedure varies depending upon the type of glue. DO NOT use the wrong procedure for the type of glue you're using.

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    I agree with DannoXYZ on his statement above with the caveat that tubasti, continental, and vittoria glues will all work with the first two methods the OP had listed.

    -j

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    I use the plastic baggie on the finger method as well.
    Stretch the tire first fully inflated on a rim at minimum overnight, preferably longer.
    One coat on the rim.
    One coat on the tire.
    (If your first coat hasn't acheived the full coverage you want then do another)
    I really don't see a need for a long dry - the solvent is 95% gone pretty quickly. 20 minutes is probably enough.
    Fresh coat on the rim. Install the tire immediately.
    Pump tire enough to check "true" of the tire on the rim. Adjust as necessary.
    Fully inflate and leave to sit overnight.
    Deflate, check for voids. Inflate. Ride.
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    Your 3 options all work, in decreasing level of security.

    I've found the Tufo tape to work as well as glue, but much cleaner and much faster. You can ride the wheel immediately after mounting the tire.

    Use the "regular" tape with Tufo's own tires. Use the "extreme" tape with other companies' tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    Your 3 options all work, in decreasing level of security.

    I've found the Tufo tape to work as well as glue, but much cleaner and much faster. You can ride the wheel immediately after mounting the tire.

    Use the "regular" tape with Tufo's own tires. Use the "extreme" tape with other companies' tires.
    +1

    I don't think I'd use tubulars if I had to mess with glue.

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    I Have glued 100+ tubulars in the last year using method 1 or 2 depending on the urgency, haven't had a single complaint yet. Method 3 i wouldn't recommend.

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    Then there is some other guy that uses only 1 layer on the rim, 1 on the tire...letting those two dry completely, and then gluing it the 3rd time. 1 day to dry.

    This works great for a new, or super clean aluminum rim. Next time you mount the tire, probably on the side of the road far from home,you can use the existing glue if its tacky to the touch.Remember: The more glue you use, the more often you will need to clean the rim back to bare metal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenfieldja View Post
    Tubasti glue...also known as elephant snot, is a thick and tenacious white glue. It works well but can be messy if you are not careful in its application.

    -j
    I found out the hard way last night. I was reading about Tubasti and someone said to mix the glue inside the tube before doing it....and I broke it. It was needle-sized hole, but the stuff just kept coming out and I couldn't get it off my fingers. So now that I can't return it, i'm going to be another martyr in the fight with Tubasti

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    I use Continental glue in the small yellow tubes on my tubular wheels and just follow the instruction on the tube. The instructions only ask for something like 15 minutes between layers of glue on the rim and tires and I wait about 24 hours before riding the finished (fully inflated) wheels. No problem with this method so far, even with less than perfect rim bedding from my cheap, slightly lumpy base taped Vittoria Rally tires.
    I think you should be OK as long as you follow the glue manufacturer's instructions.
    BTW, pre-stretching the tires by mounting them inflated on the rims without glue really helps make final installation much easier.

    Chombi

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