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    How do you know when to replace tubular tires?

    The answers i've received from the locals have been less than optimal - either wait until your tire flats or it comes off the wheel.

    Is there anything more pro active I can do to know when to change the wheel before this happens? What do you guys do?

    For reference I purchased Vittoria Pista Evo's. These will be race day race tires only.

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    My rule of thumb is that you can keep riding a tire until you flat on it, and stans won't fix it, or when you can see the threads in the tread. That said, I'm a poor junior, so I tend to stretch some equipment out longer than may be totally advisable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WTBATS View Post
    The answers i've received from the locals have been less than optimal - either wait until your tire flats or it comes off the wheel.
    A properly glued tire should never come off!

    Some flats can't be foreseen, but keep a close eye on nicks in the rubber and when if the tire starts squaring further than you feel comfortable replace... I just ride till it flats or squares badly.
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    You'll want to replace a lightweight race tire like the EVO Pista before it flats. Keep a close eye on the (very thin) tread and when you start to see some nicks that expose the carcass, change it. This can happen pretty quickly to this tire on a concrete track.

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    Following up on my very first day on the track with the Vittoria Pista EVO CS. Within 50m (30 seconds) of getting onto the warmup circle of our track I had ripped off a .25in circle of the black rubber.

    That was the most expensive and time consuming lesson i've learned so far. Spent a week gluing them on properly, only to have it destroyed within 30 seconds of first use.

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