But I know how to blow one up!
So I got my first tubular flat this afternoon. No spectacle at all. The tire just went flat. Looking at the tire on the scene I found a small shard of glass or something that I assumed to be the culprit. After SherbertTights walked me home (One of the benefits of riding tubulars if you ask me, thanks Ava!) I found the hole in the tread where that piece of glass was and started to open the tube up. So I get the tube open and theres no hole there! Damnit! So then I start pumping the tire up a little bit to listen for the leak (which I should have done first, of course.) And I hear it leaking out of this small gap in the Base Tape at a completely different place on the tire!! So I pull back this small opening in the base tape so that it goes all the way to the stitching, pour a little water in there and start pumping. Sure enough, its bubbling out from through the threads! WTF?! So meanwhile Im pumping up the tire a lot and ive got a few inches of innertube hanging out of the spot where I had previously performed surgery and all of a sudden: BANG!!!!
but the new question is: Why and How did my tire fail somewhere on the Inside of the tire and not on the tread? What is that all about? These were cheap Continental Giro tubulars so maybe it was just crap manufacturing? What else would cause that to happen?