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Old 11-14-10, 03:26 PM   #1
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What's my best bet for a cheap tubular wheel-set?

Ebay? I want to pick up a cheap set just to try them out before I spend good money on a nicer set, possibly just to find out I don't like them.

All the stuff about flats has me concerned, because I'm not the type to like to have to ride around like I'm on eggshells. I typically like to be able to just ride over large raised cracks and stuff, so I want to make sure I'm not a candidate for this frequent flat problem.
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cracks aren't what will give you problems, sharp road debris will. If you can avoid that you should be ok.

I'm building up my first set of tubulars shortly...I got a stack of about a dozen rims for $2 at the swap meet. Maybe make a post on your local CL in search of Tubular rims. Seems there's a lot of people who have them and dont want them.
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Try a WTB post on the Serotta forum - those guys buy and sell wheels all the time. The last set I grabbed from there were Campagnolo Chorus hubs laced to Mavic Reflex rims, for $215 delivered. And the tires were included.

http://forums.serotta.com/forumdispl...5&daysprune=30
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ebay - Nice tubular wheelsets go for $100-150 shipped. I actually got a pair for $45 delivered. Just make sure you have the right spacing for the rear hub.

Great set here
http://cgi.ebay.com/Suntour-Superbe-...item3cb251ad38

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What spacing are you looking for? I have some 5 speed and 6 speed wheel sets kicking around. If you're going with a modern 10 speed spacing, hit eBay or Serotta.
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Old take offs stored in the back of your local bike shop. Ebay. I picked up a set of Ultegra 6500 hubs laced to Campy Barcelona rims for $100 shipped all the way across the country. If you can find something close, it makes things even cheaper. I can barely buy those hubs for what I got the whole wheel set for.
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I wish it was easier for me to post items to america. Wheels sets are costly for me to ship, 33 euros to post around europe (45 usd) so I tend not to sell them on ebay. As a result I have a large pile of spare sets that I dont use
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too bad you don't live closer I would lend you a set.

as BBM points out you hub type spacing may drive price. if you need a 8spd+ cassette to match your bike they will be more. older freewheel types are pretty easy to come by.
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I think they're a dime a dozen, if you're patient. If I had a pair, I'd be selling them cheap.
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Ask around your local older bike shops, they might have some old take-offs lying around in their back storage area. That's how I got my first set. If you're lucky they might have some better brand ones. The one I found at an LBS was a Chrous hubbed 32H Mavic GL330 set that according to the shop owner was exchanged for clinchers by the original owner after getting a flat a few miles into a first ride. It was really part of the owner's display of classic stuff around his shop. Fortunately, I was able to convince him the wheels will be better off on the road than hanging for many more years on his ceiling. After that first set, I'm now so hooked on tubulars that I'm about to build up my 4th tubular wheelset from NOS hubs and rims!

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Cheap and tubulars should never be used in the same sentence. Roger
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As for spacing, I was thinking of throwing a 5/6 speed on now. I do plan to space it out for 8speed Shimano eventually, but not yet if it'll be cheaper. As for bike shops, that's actually one downfall of living in a Major bike city. The bike shops sell Everything, nothing is given away just because it's been sitting in a back room for years, and everything is at it's premium price here.

As for cheap and tubulars in the same sentence, like I said, it's just so I can try them out before spending a lot to possibly find out I don't like them. I actually want to do my first wheel build this winter, and I'm not quite willing to spend $250+ to build a set of wheels, not like them, and not be able to resell them for more than $50.

BBM, I'll go ahead and see if I can find something local to keep things as cheap as possible. If I don't find anything, I'll send you a message about whatever you have laying around (unless you're looking to get rid of them to get them out of your way or something, in which case PM me what you'd want for them shipped to Madison.).
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Yeah -

I've got a 5 speed set off a Viscount that you can have for free, but shipping is probably more than they are worth. They need cleaning/rebuilding/polishing, and personally I'd re-spoke them before I used them myself.

I think I have a decent Japanese 6 speed set up in the rafters - they're not worth a lot, but I can't give them away. Again, shipping would probably be $20-$30.

Check locally and if you strike out, let me know.
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I was going to say this is probably the best place to look, but I see that's been covered, already....
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Cheap wheels are, well...cheap.

Buy Dura Ace or Record and be done with it, and good rims to lace them to. They will last a couple of lifetimes.
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I got a barely used tublar wheelset from my local co-op. They are Nashbars if you can believe that (they were even cheap new).
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I think the days are over where you have to ride tubulars like you're riding on eggshells. Please send me your unwanted tubular rims .. Araya's and Ukai's please.


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Cheap wheels are, well...cheap.

Buy Dura Ace or Record and be done with it, and good rims to lace them to. They will last a couple of lifetimes.
Again, just looking for some to try out to see if I like them before I invest $$$ into building a nicer set.

Thanks for the advice, though. I will make sure I get something of quality if I do decide to stick to tubular for my wheel build. Probably Record or something like that since the bike is an Ellis-Briggs, and then maybe find some other fitting parts for the rest of it at a later date in time.
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Cheap wheels are, well...cheap.

Buy Dura Ace or Record and be done with it, and good rims to lace them to. They will last a couple of lifetimes.
But it's very possible to find vintage tubular wheelsets on Ebay and elsewhere, with DuraAce or Record hubs, stainless spokes, and quality but vintage Mavic, Fiamme, Nisi, Araya, or Ambrosio tubular rims in excellent but dusty condition. These will be the best that was available in their day, and potentially race-worthy today.

Not cheap, they just won't cost much.

Try the $15 tubular tires from Yellow Jersey. 3speed, I understand your problem with them, but their Servizio Corse tire is a great deal, and might even make up for all that other stuff.

Plus, you'll have to go to maybe $45 per tire to equal them. They are better than the Rallye (at half the price) in my opinion, and they are a real tubular experience.

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I think the days are over where you have to ride tubulars like you're riding on eggshells. Please send me your unwanted tubular rims .. Araya's and Ukai's please.


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Personally, I don't think those days ever existed, and I've been involved with tubulars over the past 40 years.

I don't seek bumps, but I don't shy away from them, either. My rims are pretty long-lasting, and are nowhere near new ('cep' for one pair, and they're NOS).
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I liked the French brand of rims best.

Mavic
Super Champion, which got renamed to Wolber
Rigida

In that order.

And tubular rims did have a better strength to weight ratio.
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Yes, those brands, too!
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ebay - Nice tubular wheelsets go for $100-150 shipped. I actually got a pair for $45 delivered. Just make sure you have the right spacing for the rear hub.

Great set here
http://cgi.ebay.com/Suntour-Superbe-...item3cb251ad38
Dang, I should have been watching these. Sold for $56 and I could have picked them up, no shipping.
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If you're willing to meet me in Waukesha/Pewaukee and have $50 then you'll go home with a set of wheels with a 5 or 6 speed on the rear. I'll have to look them over, still have old low mileage tires on them which would need fresh glue or new tires.

Sorry I didn't see this sooner, I could have them with me today and could meet in Oconomowoc at lunch.

Edit: this is the thread about the wheels with pics, if the phone link capture works
http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=tubular+campy

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Try the $15 tubular tires from Yellow Jersey. 3speed, I understand your problem with them, but their Servizio Corse tire is a great deal, and might even make up for all that other stuff.
What he said.

Being in Madison too, I get your issues with YJ.

But their 3/$50 deal on pretty good tubulars (3/$45 with Bike Fed discount), well, you can't beat that with a stick.
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