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Old 05-29-15, 05:21 PM
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Glue or Tape for Sew-Up's?

I'm restoring a vintage bike and need to decide if I go with glue or tape for the sew-ups. I'm a bit on the large side and that's one reason I'm getting back into riding (loose weight and get back into shape).

What should I go with and why?

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Some say glue is messy.

Tape is quicker.

Tape is more expensive.

I believe I read on the internet that tape increases rolling resistance.

I use glue because I am cheap, I'm in no rush and it is not messy for me.
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I believe I read on the internet that tape increases rolling resistance.
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I tape them because I'm lazy and don't like glue.
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Mehhhh....... People just make too much of a big fuss about using glue. It's really no big deal after you mount a few tires and get used to it.
It's cheap and you can really control how much you apply to the rims and tire to make sure you get best adhesion. Not that tape cannot provide similar, but why bother with tape when glue is simple enough to use?.....
Anyway, I don't like putting "Tofu" on my rims.....
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Used the Tufo tape two years ago and have had no problems.
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Mehhhh....... People just make too much of a big fuss about using glue. It's really no big deal after you mount a few tires and get used to it.
It's cheap and you can really control how much you apply to the rims and tire to make sure you get best adhesion. Not that tape cannot provide similar, but why bother with tape when glue is simple enough to use?.....
Anyway, I don't like putting "Tofu" on my rims.....
I like the low road.
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Those who advocate tape, is it easy to center the tubulars and with the thread straight? I used glue when I was riding a million years ago and it took time to do it right.

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How does tape work when you get a flat? Do you carry a tape to mount the spare?
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Tubular tires are easy to mount with rim tape- cost about $15. to mount one tire.
Using a $10. tube of rim cement, there is just enough glue to mount two tubular tires.
So, cost wise $5. versus $15.

Here is a tutorial that helped me, in fact the first tubular I glued was near perfect, after studying & following this advice:
Tubular Tire Mounting Cement Gluing Adhesion by Yellow Jersey; Thoughts on a Front Wheel

Tape is nice if you get a flat while on the road; or, if you need to ride before glue would have time to dry.

The key to using glue successfully, is to use it sparingly--- remember one $10. tube is for two tires, not one.
Just dab some on a wheel rim between nipples, let it cure for 10 minutes, then pull on your pre-stretched tire.
Don't get the glue on your fingers, the floor, or anything but the rim--- cover your work space floor with a disposable paper product (old cardboard is good)--- the glue loves to run where it is not wanted!


Using either tape or glue, you simply lift the tire and center it before filling with air- it's kind of easy to lift and eye it up until it is straight- then pump it up with air.

To use tape, just lay it down on the rim and mount the tire, quite straightforward.

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Glue - works great and and is cheaper than tape.
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Originally Posted by Biggoofyjim View Post
Those who advocate tape, is it easy to center the tubulars and with the thread straight? I used glue when I was riding a million years ago and it took time to do it right.

Jim
Ridiculously easy. Which is why, I suspect, some consider it a deterrent.
Or, perhaps, they want to save the $20 for Starbucks, or craft beer (in which case I don't blame them).
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How does tape work when you get a flat? Do you carry a tape to mount the spare?
No, and neither do you glue a spare. You mount it, inflate it, and be careful until you get home.
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I tape them because I'm lazy and don't like glue.
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Ridiculously easy.
Correct.

Glue is like using white-out with a typewriter. Tape is like doing ctrl+z on your computer.
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Glue it is, ordered a couple tubes of Tubasi for $9.90 shipped.

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Late to the party - glue, of course. It's all I've ever used, and what I was taught to use. My junk box has several rolls of rim tape - probably 30 years old.

Glue is easy, and, as PL said, use it sparingly - a little dab will do ya - well, more than a little dab, of course.

So, I use glue because I'm lazy and don't like tape. Of course, that's not really true as I've never used tape.

There's different brands of glue... I still have a bunch of tubes of Clement (yes, 30 years old, too), but saving them for their fabulous cash value, the glue I used most recently was Continental. In a pinch I've used Tubasti, but I didn't like it - IIRC it was a bit on the runny side.

Good luck, you'll love riding on sew-ups, just don't forget the TIRE SAVERS!

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Sticky topic-

Depends what I have on hand..................

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Late to the party - glue, of course. It's all I've ever used, and what I was taught to use. My junk box has several rolls of rim tape - probably 30 years old.

Glue is easy, and, as PL said, use it sparingly - a little dab will do ya - well, more than a little dab, of course.

So, I use glue because I'm lazy and don't like tape. Of course, that's not really true as I've never used tape.

There's different brands of glue... I still have a bunch of tubes of Clement (yes, 30 years old, too), but saving them for their fabulous cash value, the glue I used most recently was Continental. In a pinch I've used Tubasti, but I didn't like it - IIRC it was a bit on the runny side.

Good luck, you'll love riding on sew-ups, just don't forget the TIRE SAVERS!
Yes, Continental glue is the best I have used so far. The viscosity is just right, so it is easy to spread/control.
Tried Vittoria Mastik not so long ago and I did not like it at all. It seems to dry up to quickly on my finger, before I get to spread it on the rim or base tape to where I want it.....

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Glue because it's cheap, easy and relaxing. Grab a tube of Conti, a flux brush and put on some tunes. No mess, no fuss and a little buzz from the glue smell. Haha. The tape just seems like a cop out and where the fun of taping on a tire. Plus it doesn't even sound cool to say you taped your tires on.
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This Video demystified the whole process of gluing tires and after getting glue all over me I watched this video and came away with a tire well glued and with none on me.
https://vimeo.com/106666604
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I've only done it with one set of tires so far, but glue was easy enough that I don't think I try tape any time soon. I used about 2/3 of a $4.75 tube of glue to do each tire, so yeah; it's cheaper. I'll probably get that down to 1/2 a tube on the next set of rims.

Also, like Henry III says above, it's a cheap high. "I'm not hooked. I'm ... I'm stuck."

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Originally Posted by Peugeotlover View Post
Tubular tires are easy to mount with rim tape- cost about $15. to mount one tire.
Using a $10. tube of rim cement, there is just enough glue to mount two tubular tires.
So, cost wise $5. versus $15.
My Tubasti khakis were about $43.
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All you saying tape is expensive. Tufo tape is expensive. That is why I use Miyata rim tape. I have done six rims and have tape left over for more. Have not had a flat yet, but when I have removed a tire using the Miyata tape, a good bit of the tape stayed on the rim, enough to get you home safely. Centering the tire is a breeze.

Do shop around for pricing on the Miyata tape. I have seen prices ranging from $45 to $75. Buying the 20 yard size at $45 puts the cost right at $5.00 per wheel
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