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    Tubular Wheels

    Hi, I ride a 09' Fuji Roubaix Pro. The bike came with Alex 200 wheels which are great for my indoor trainer but when I go outside in the coming spring I plan to use some Zipp 202's that were given to me by a race director. These wheels have about 300 miles on them with only 50-100 miles on the gatorskin tires mounted on them. My question is what's the probability that these will flat? I want to use them for a short time trial (4miles) and a couple Olympic Distance Tri's and I'm worried about ruining race day if I flat. Any suggestions or previous experience?
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    Aaron

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    Gatorskins have an inner layer that supposedly helps to prevent flats, and tubulars pinch flat less then clinchers, so I wouldn't really worry about getting a flat any more then your standard tires. Also you are able to ride on a flat tubular for a short distance, so if you flat near the end of your race, you could still ride in.

    However, if you get a flat during a training ride (is this what you're planning on doing?), the repair isn't as simple as patching or replacing the tube. For this reason I would use them as a race only set up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gunnar View Post
    However, if you get a flat during a training ride (is this what you're planning on doing?), the repair isn't as simple as patching or replacing the tube. For this reason I would use them as a race only set up.
    You bring a spare tire or 2 with you... preferably used with some glue residue on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    You bring a spare tire or 2 with you... preferably used with some glue residue on it.
    Yeah I planned on only using them for racing because i didn't want to worry about changing it.

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