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Old 11-24-18, 05:14 PM
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Tubulars

I just went thru the wheel rack and I have approximately 14 high quality used orphan tubular wheels in good used condition which I do not use. Some front wheels, some rear wheels, some with freewheels-some were team training wheels. Mavic GP4s, Mavic SSCs, Ambrosio Servizo Course, Mavic Paris-Roubaix, Campagnolo Barcelona, etc.. Some with nice Campagnolo C Record, CDU, Record, Mavic, Dura Ace, etc. hubs. Mainly 32 or 36 spoke wheels, some with bladed spokes. I need to pass them along or disassemble due to storage limitations. Should I list them separately on the sales forum, or should I disassemble them for the hubs due to the shipping weight, etc? Thx in advance for your advice.
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Old 11-24-18, 05:28 PM
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If you can sell locally, keep them as one piece.

If you have matched pairs of hubs (even 36R/32F) with mismatched rims, you are probably best off stripping.

Most of the value will be the value of the hubs/skewers. I don't believe in separating the hubs from the skewers, but some people do.

If you are listing on Bike Forums, start with one mega-ad, but with a line, photo, & price for each wheel, and list as whole wheels with an option to remove the hubs.

As above, figure out what matches (hubs? rims?), and list the matches you have as pairs. Separate the partial pairs only after someone has been given the opportunity to purchase them as pairs.

Your bare rims will have some value.. $10 each? Especially if you can find someone who will buy several.

I like removing spokes, but some people like to cut them. I'd probably save any stainless spokes, but sacrifice the galvanized spokes.

MAKE SURE YOU REMOVE ANY FREEWHEELS BEFORE REMOVING OR CUTTING SPOKES.
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Old 11-24-18, 11:01 PM
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Make sure the cones are good first before trying to sell them. I tend to struggle finding buyers for tubulars, but high end hubs always get attention.
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32 spokers usually sell for more than 36 spoked wheels. everyone wants light wheels....
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Old 11-25-18, 10:51 PM
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Thank-you all for the timely advice, I believe I have enough info to go to step 2.
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If it were me, disassembly of the wheels would be the way to go for the stuff in really good condition. Hubs are easy to store, taking up minimal space. Rims are also easy to store, taking up much much less space the complete wheel assemblies. And spokes, especially if they are in good condition and have seen little use, can be used again. And, once again, spokes take up little storage space.

Also, rims wear out! Or get damaged. The point is that older tubulars, particularly those that are not anodized, will decrease in availability and increase in value, thanks to the laws of supply and demand. A few years ago, I would have given away my tubular rims (in fact, I did just that and darn near half of a half ton full. Boy, was that a mistake.

These days, I jump at the chance to get a decent set of tubular rims and my guess is that others do too. Just take a look at the prices they fetch on Ebay.
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+100 Some people shy away from reusing spokes. But a lot of wheels get minimal wear, so I will reuse stainless spokes and brass nipples. I won't reuse aluminum nipples.


Glad to see tubulars are starting to go up in value, as I have some nice ones!
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+100 Some people shy away from reusing spokes.
I use used spokes all the time, but using them depends on my appraisal of how much use the wheel has seen. My Bianchi, which I ride and abuse on the horribly rough roads of Jamaica, has not needed so much as a single wheel truing in all the kilometers that the bike has seen in the last three years. My guess would be over 6000 kilometers...


So, I suggest that you save those spokes worth saving. I have spoken!-)
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Originally Posted by wrk101 View Post
Make sure the cones are good first before trying to sell them. I tend to struggle finding buyers for tubulars, but high end hubs always get attention.
I haven't sold hubs, but most people just seem to twist the axles and say whether they turn smoothly or not.

If one opens the hubs, then one has to own what one finds inside.

On the other hand, I'd also rather clean, repack, or replace the bearings and cones myself.
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Cyclo-cross racing is mostly on Sew Up glued on tires, above entry level..
and so there is a market for the rims.. a racer needs several spare wheels .
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I haven't sold hubs, but most people just seem to twist the axles and say whether they turn smoothly or not.

If one opens the hubs, then one has to own what one finds inside.

On the other hand, I'd also rather clean, repack, or replace the bearings and cones myself.
You are right about most people: spins smooth is good enough. Me, I am not selling hubs with bad cones. Servicing hubs does not take long. I'll snap a few pictures of the cones, then ask a highish price. Working so far.
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What is your opinion riding with old tubular ? I mean that I planned to used 30 years old tubular on my 89 WC replica bike ? They seem in good conditions but I don't know if it's dangerous or not. Feel free to give your opinion. Thanks
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Originally Posted by manuandorra View Post
What is your opinion riding with old tubular ? I mean that I planned to used 30 years old tubular on my 89 WC replica bike ? They seem in good conditions but I don't know if it's dangerous or not. Feel free to give your opinion. Thanks
Tires? display unless condition shows otherwise.

Tubular rims? Like any wheel, condition of the rim, cracks? spoke tension reasonably equal? I used a pair of wheels for 25 years, I could not kill them, front was used rim 8-12 years old when I built, used spokes, I did use new nipples. Rear was new rim when built on a 50 year old hub at the time and my only regret was I went cheap and used cad plated spokes, I finally took the wheel apart as the spokes were so rusty, I ride near the ocean often.
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