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Old 04-07-11, 04:00 PM
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How many vintage road bikes.......

....must you have

....until a tubular set of wheels becomes mandatory

(even if you know it's a bunch of fuss,
not worthy of the effort for a 4K a year, 16-18mph, older rider)

Then how do you decide which wheels are vintage budget affordable.
Oh yeah, which bike gets them first?
Lightest frame? Highest mileage non-commuter? Italian? Racy-est? All?

Just wonderin.
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Don't own any, don't particularly want any. Saw a nice set of Campy rims on Craigslist not too long ago and they were probably a smokin hot deal. They looked pretty and they seemed to be very cheap.

If I ever decided to run sew-ups it would probably be on a vintage Italian racer. Otherwise, It's tubes and clinchers for me.
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Had them on my Italian bike since purchasing it in 1978 and would not consider changing - despite the often cited cons the only real drawback would be applying the glue but a little practice and it is easy enough. I imagine they would be best used on anything you might consider a lighter road bike. I doubt I use mine more than 10 times in a year these days but still well worth it.
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The second bike I overhauled was equipped with tubulars. Since then I've added a second tubular ride. 2 out of 8 of our vintage bikes are so equipped.
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I love them. I think they have an amazing ride.
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I rode them for several years. I got them out of my system. I enjoyed them, but I'm done. I'm glad others enjoy them and wouldn't try to talk them out of using them.
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So far, no tubulars. Got 'em out of my system in the early 80's.

But you ought to try them at least once.

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9 bikes out of many have them. .. I just continue with what they came with.

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22 out of 23 of my vintage bikes have tubulars; and the 23rd, a randonneur, never had them when new. I've just always loved the ride of tubulars, especially silk tubulars, ever since I was kid. That's what I've stuck with.
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1976, and earlier, get tubulars, if the wheel size is 700c. Everything else is clincher.
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22 out of 23 of my vintage bikes have tubulars; and the 23rd, a randonneur, never had them when new. I've just always loved the ride of tubulars, especially silk tubulars, ever since I was kid. That's what I've stuck with.
Similar here, 4 with clinchers, 26 with tubulars, for the road bikes.
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I just picked up two sets of tubular wheels on ebay. They came pre dinged and dented. Its OK, I've been trueing them up and getting them ready to ride. They will be going on bikes that were clincher equipped before. I just like the whole zen-like tubular thing. Gets me in tune with the bike. And getting your wheels right, trueing them, glueing the tires on, the little hops and wiggles of a sewn tire, it gets me THERE.
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I only have one vintage road bike (my Ciocc) and my only wheelset is the tubulars that I built and have ridden since the mid-1980s: Mavic GP4 rims, DT 15 gauge stainless spokes laced 3x, Campy Super Record LF hubs. Not the lightest, but they'll sure take a beating and remain true.
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Yes you need to try tubulars and silks while your at it if your roads allow for them. The nicest ride I have ever had was in 1979 on a set of Clement Del Mondo seta silks that I bought at the shop I worked and back then were about $30 ea. If I remember correctly. This bike is still hanging with tires black as can be and full DA EX. I have at least 1pr. of wheels extra for each of my road bikes 3 pairs of tubies that will run on all of my 10 bikes.
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Figure when you get to about 4 bikes, you may start to get curious about tubulars.

Or, when you get a bike that came with them, either now or OEM, and you think, "what the heck...."

Or, when some squid Texan talks you into a custom built set.

Or, when you see a beautiful set of wheels, pretty cheap, and they're tubular (back to the "what the heck...."

Or, when you spend money on some and realize you are not an ATM any more.

Or, when a really pretty girl has some.

Just something about looking down at that front wheel, and knowing that tire is glued to that rim, and it just seems pretty cool. When I ride some clinchers, I worry about flats. When I ride tubulars, I simply don't think I'll get them.
Stupid, I know, but that's kind of how it feels, like they're tougher.
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I have a few bikes with tubulars, but I don't ride them much. I rode them for years but gave it up about 1978. They do ride great, but I don't miss them at all.
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I've had tubular tire wheels for my vintage bikes since even before they were vintage bikes.
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Can't imagine wanting them.
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I have only one tubular wheelset, and they don't go on any specific bike. Bought cheap along with several new tubular tires when a seller ditched them. It was a WTH buy to simply try them out for myself. I'll try them on a C&V bike and has similar wheels but clincher, to make the comparo. They are Campagnolo Record low flange 6 speed, with a Regina freewheel, DT DB spokes and Ambrosio Synthesis rims.
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My '71 Sports Tourer has low flange Record tubulars and a '73 Raleigh Comp with high flange Record tubulars. Both have wheelsets came from fellow BF members also. I think for the cost of tires and tubes their almost equal. I picked up the three tubulars for $50 from yellow jersey as it's a pretty good deal. I've been commuting the past two weeks on my Competition twenty miles a day and don't have any worries about riding with them over clinchers. You can find good quality tubular wheelset for extremely cheap so why wouldn't you use them?
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Figure when you get to about 4 bikes, you may start to get curious about tubulars.

Or, when some squid Texan talks you into a custom built set.

Or, when a really pretty girl has some.

Just something about looking down at that front wheel, and knowing that tire is glued to that rim, and it just seems pretty cool. When I ride some clinchers, I worry about flats. When I ride tubulars, I simply don't think I'll get them.
Stupid, I know, but that's kind of how it feels, like they're tougher.
This is the kind of reasoning I need. I'm past 4 bikes.
I know what a really pretty girl is.
But a "squid Texan"? Vernacular that escapes me. Squids are Navy guys - wrong?
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My Viscount came with tubulars, and I had enough of them after a year or two and had a set of clincher wheels built for it. I still have the tubular wheels so if I ever the Viscount back on the road I'll give the tubies another shot... but you need at least two bikes (or two sets of wheels) so when you don't feel like dealing with re-gluing or sewing you can ride on the clinchers :-)

Unless the clinchers are flat after the rim tape shifted, or something...
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It was a WTH buy to simply try them out for myself. I'll try them on a C&V bike and has similar wheels but clincher, to make the comparo. They are Campagnolo Record low flange 6 speed, with a Regina freewheel, DT DB spokes and Ambrosio Synthesis rims.
So how do they comparo? This is the crux of the situation - Does WNG see a diff?
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Raced on them in the early 80's and still have a bike or three with tubulars.

I'm quite sure I always will!
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I'm 190# and 6'1". Maybe too heavy to benefit from the silky ride except on really smooth tarmac?
25mm tubulars -- hmmmm.

I see no sense in a tubular cyclocross, as I have little interest in weight reduction.
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