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Orphaned tubulars. Any value in them?

Old 04-10-19, 10:13 AM
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Orphaned tubulars. Any value in them?

This old Conti for instance...

Tread shows minimal wear, and the casing is intact with its sidewalls.



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Old 04-10-19, 10:33 AM
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There's very little real value in used tires and with slightly rough tubulars that have been heavily glued and peeled off basically none. A lot of larger bike shops and most coops just give take offs away if there nice and through the rest away.
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Only if they look good and will NOT be used for riding, in my opinion. Old tires can look great but looks are not at all concerned with containing pressure. I used to use old tires, but after this year's experience with old NOS rubber hoops, never again. The tires looked great but failed pretty darn fast. Thank goodness they did so at slow speed...
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Put some air in it and make sure it holds air. A little twisting or rolling of the tubular with air is normal.

Then throw it up on E-Bay for say $10 minimum bid, and see what comes of it.

Add a few key words like "Vintage", "Classic Bike", "Trainer Tire", etc.

I might consider riding that until it died, but not racing or anything particularly high performance.
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They are good trainer tires. I've convinced some friends to pick up a cheap rear tubular wheel for trainer season. Don't even need to glue em.
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People buy them eBay.
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Thanks all. May just follow Cliffís suggestion and float it out on eBay if it holds air. Iíve never sold on eBay so thisíd be a good excuse to try it out.
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If it holds air use it as a spare. I used to carry an old tubular when I commuted during the winter. If I got a flat the clincher got folded and stuffed in knapsack, and the tubular when on for the rest of the trip to work. I doubt you'd hear any shop employee recommend it but it was a bit faster than trying to replace a tube on the cold dark streets of the South Shore.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
If it holds air use it as a spare. I used to carry an old tubular when I commuted during the winter. If I got a flat the clincher got folded and stuffed in knapsack, and the tubular when on for the rest of the trip to work. I doubt you'd hear any shop employee recommend it but it was a bit faster than trying to replace a tube on the cold dark streets of the South Shore.
Interesting. I didnít know that a clincher rim could hold a tubular. Being that it will, I get that your suggestion points towards a very short term solution for getting from point A to point B. I imagine that slower speeds, and prudent cornering would be in order?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
If it holds air use it as a spare. I used to carry an old tubular when I commuted during the winter. If I got a flat the clincher got folded and stuffed in knapsack, and the tubular when on for the rest of the trip to work. I doubt you'd hear any shop employee recommend it but it was a bit faster than trying to replace a tube on the cold dark streets of the South Shore.
+1 Tubulars work fine on clincher rims if there the same width.
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Interesting. I didnít know that a clincher rim could hold a tubular. Being that it will, I get that your suggestion points towards a very short term solution for getting from point A to point B. I imagine that slower speeds, and prudent cornering would be in order?
Yeah, just to get home. I only did it once or twice but when it is 10d out it is much faster. A good used one with glue residue is best. Since most clinchers like MA-40s and Ambrosios were about the same as their box section tubular counterpart it worked OK
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Only time I pulled the tubular on a clincher rim trick it got me home about 25 miles and then blew before I could deflate it. It was wet and cold outside so the tire probably squirmed about on rim more than if dry. This was before cell phones, in an area where taxis did not exist. Last ditch expedient.
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