I recently acquired a 1992 Cannondale R1000 with tubular tires. I am not sure if this bike will stay intact - I bought it for my wife who now wants a recumbent instead - but I want to try riding it a bit before I decide.
However, I have never had a bike with tubulars before, and these are probably at least a decade old.
My feeling is that, before riding, I should remove the old tubulars, remove any glue lumps on the rim, and install new tires. I've read various guides to installing tubulars but remain intimidated. Can I ask these things (and please feel free to add anything I'm missing):
1. Should I remove all the glue from the rim on the theory that it is old and hard, and re-apply the glue base?
2. Should I skip the glue and use tubular tape instead? What are the pros/cons of tape vs glue?
3. What brand of tubular tire will be more flat-resistant and not terribly costly? For all I know, I may hate tubulars or be incapable of gluing them competently, so I don't want to spend $100/ea x 3.
By the way, I've never had a Cannondale before. This one seems nice. The P.O. kept it in beautfiul condition and retained almost all the original Mavic components. He must have been a weight weenie, because the wheelset, stem/bar, and seatpost/saddle were switched to lighter items. I guess that's how the Campagnolo tubular rims/Hi-E hubs got on there. I should weigh it.
One thing slightly puzzling is that this was described as a 1992 2.8, and indeed that seems to be the only year that a Cannondale 2.8 came with all Mavic bits, but the catalog says the color was yellow/black while this bike is a deep blue. http://www.vintagecannondale.com/catalog.html Is that sort of discrepancy common?