Did my first year of competitive CX this year and did quite well (in my opinion...a mid season Cat upgrade and still got 3rd for the season)
I really want to upgrade to tubular for next year since I've heard lots of good things - big thing being ability to run lower pressures and puncture resistance.
I'm nervous about a few things
1) While I'm technically inclined, it seems like a lot of trouble to glue a tubular. If you roll one, or get a flat, its a lot of work to repair/replace vs a clincher.
2) Rolling them - a couple of the really fast guys on my circuit were severely hampered during a couple of races when they rolled their tires. Does it really happen that often?
3) Cost - most racers conserve their gucci setup for race day, and train on avg joe gear (read clincher setup). There are only 7-8 races during our fall season - not sure if its worth the cost and trouble for the benefit?
I'm 160 lbs, so I can running pretty low pressures with my current clincher setup already (Felt Cross wheels with Vittoria 34c - 42 rear/38 front)
Is it really worth it?