I do NOT want to kick off a clincher vs. tubular debate and am firmly a clincher guy. You don't need to sell me on the disadvantages of tubulars for commuting. I get it.
I want to try it anyway. What tubular tires would be good, or less bad, for commuting?
I probably need to be more specific here...I will not be using this bike as a day to day. I want to try tubulars and I'm in a debris strewn urban area. I would possibly take them over light gravel. A friend rec'd the Vittoria Pave's, but they were a little pricey and I wanted to see some other suggestions as well.
I am not asking in the roadie section because I'm not racing with it and I plan on occassional commutes with it. I need a tubular with a commuter application.
I'd still ask in the roadie forum or perhaps classic/vintage. Not everybody in the roadie forum races though a lot do. Even the ones that do often do other types of riding. I know plenty of roadies that both commute and race. It won't be a foreign concept to all of them. Anyway, they're going to have more experience with tubulars than most folks here.
FWIW back in the 70's my brother rode his bike everywhere on sew-ups. He didn't get a license until well into his 30s. He carried spare tires that were pre-glued from what I remember.
I can't find it again to save my life, but the other day on Velonews there was a pic from the Giro of a bunch of bikes with Continental tubies, with the logo blacked-out. The caption said something like, "Many teams have switched to Continental Tubulars in place of sponsor-correct tires." It didn't say why, but the impression I got was that they were more robust. Robust is good for commuting.