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you really can ride Tubulars flat

Old 04-19-09, 05:18 PM
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you really can ride Tubulars flat

Yesterday's race, Chain of Lakes Road Race, I realized at about 5 miles to go in the final lap my front tire was going flat. Next couple of turns I took gingerly. Costing a lot of energy to then get back up front.

By the field sprint, I was on the rim, and decided the better part of valor was to back it off (that and I was dying).

But at least finished with the pack. On a clincher, I'm waiting for the wheel truck.
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How did the rim look? Was it CF?

Just curious how much shredding, if any .
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Two years ago I won a field sprint with a flat rear
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I rode 4 miles on a flat rear. Tossed some sealant in and all was good till the tire finally wore out.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad View Post
How did the rim look? Was it CF?

Just curious how much shredding, if any .
It was CF, Zipp 303's. No damage to the rims. It still had some air in the tire, but not enough to keep the rim off the road at the end.
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Originally Posted by gsteinb View Post
Two years ago I won a field sprint with a flat rear
Thaks for making me feel like a whimp. But, hey at least mine was a front.
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Front takes balls. I tried to survive the last 5 laps of a crit with a flat front and it didn't quite turn out as well as the other time.
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The perfect racing reasons for Tubies?

You can ride them until your vehicle is right up behind the pack, then jump off and switch out.
Also, you can wait out a surge in the pack until it slows, then stop to change.

Wish I had them, but never could defend the cost versus a $2.99 tube.
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