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Old 08-23-10, 05:01 AM   #1
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Tubulars on the street

Maybe I should be asking the roadies this question but I'll try here first. I have recently been introduced to the heaven and hell of riding tubulars (I impulsively bought a Campy Shamal front wheel on ebay). The heaven of riding them and the hell of dealing with a flat. My question is: does anyone else use tubulars on their daily ride and if so is there a tire you are using that has adequate puncture protection to deal with urban riding. I really don't want to give up riding tubulars but changing a flat is such an ominous (and expensive) chore I couldn't imagine doing it more than once every six months at the least.
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I use them almost exclusively on most of my bikes, and haven't had a front flat in years. I've used mostly Continental Sprinters and Competitions but also Vittoria Corsa EVO CX. The most cost effective is the Conti Sprinter, which I've found for under $40 on eBay and you can get them for $48 here >>> http://www.worldclasscycles.com/tubular_tires_only.htm There are some super duty tires you can buy like the Vittoria Corsa EVO CG Pave, which are both wider and have more puncture protection.
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Thanks for the advice Tejano. Coincidentally the tire I got a flat with (after only two or three weeks of riding) was a Continental Sprinter. It came with the wheel and seemed to be quite a bit used. Maybe I just had bad luck. Not wanting to take on the task quite yet of repairing the tire I put an almost new Continental Competition on the wheel which I got for free. Hopefully I'll have better luck with it otherwise I'll try something like the Pave.
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Yeah, tubular tire repair is tedious and I do all of it in the winter when I'm less busy riding. If your Sprinter was already worn it's probably not worth the effort. If you didn't find the cause of the flat, it may just be the tube inside failing at the valve stem, which usually happens to Contis when they get old. My guess, it was just a random incident, and you will probably not have another front flat for years. One thing I do after avery ride is quickly check my tires to see if there is any glass or other sharp items embedded in the tire tread that could eventually work itself into the tire and cause a flat.
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Great deals on that Web site, TT. Didn't know about that one, thanks.

I ride tubulars on the street a few times during the week. But still stick with clinchers for the commuter/beater. On the tubulars, I'm a tad more observant what's in front of me on the road, knowing in the back of my mind the expense and headache of flatting. I'm running a road type tire, which is a little heavier, but seems like it would be more orientated for less-than-pristine conditions. So far, so good.
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Actually that website is great for all kinds of track parts at very affordable prices. For example, they have Soma cogs up to 21T for only $19, and they are excellent quality. I buy most of my track stuff from them.
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