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Where do you store your race wheels.

Old 02-26-08, 07:05 PM
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Where do you store your race wheels.

Just reading the topic about deflating tyres got me thinking. Where do you store your race wheels/tyres.
I have Zipp tubulars that I deflate and hang in the Garage. It gets well below freezing out there.
Should I bring them in to room temperature? or will that have a bad effect on the rubber?
Does it really matter?
I only use these wheels about 15 times a year.
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Zipp's in your garage? Silly cyclist, garages are for cars.

I just got some Zipp tubies and I got the delux Zipp padded bag to go with them .

I think for the first few weeks they'll stay in my bedroom with me , then once they have a scratch or two on them I'll move them to my bike shop in the basement.
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I have a hermetically sealed, climate controlled chamber that I age my tubulars in. I use the top-secret method used by mechanics of the former Discovery team. It was disclosed to me under penalty of death-by-shaving-of-the-Johnson, so I can't give you specifics. But, suffice to say, "it really works" and "it's not a myth". Really!
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I hang them from hooks in the garage, some have bags and some dont.

I noticed the tread (? what to call it) is peeling of on one of my track tubulars. It was used on concrete outdoors and it is really meant for wooden boards. I was happy it made it through the night racing actually. Don't know if the recent 3 months (more or less) of rain and damp garage had anything to do with it?

Only cycling stuff that comes inside my house is my clothes and the odd book about cycling.
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yeah I've read about the silk threads on the Track tubies being very sensitive, they cannot even be leaned against something sharp for fear of them scraping and then exploding.
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did anybody else see a face out of that picture?

2 wheels for eyes

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yeah, if you lay them down or sit them on a bit of clipped brake cable, you know the ones you step on with bare feet, it will puncture them easily.

They can take around 200 psi though and you feel like you are flying on smooth wooden tracks.

Road tubulars are pretty good and I don't think the cold temp will make them peel apart any more than they do (rare) anyway
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Rubber has paraffin (sp?) or some kind of waxy stuff molded in it. It's the white stuff that seems to appear from nowhere if you pinch the tread. It keeps the rubber soft but evaporates over time. Apparently it's better to seal your tires in plastic bags or some such nonsense if you're not using them.

I do this with some of my car tires (and the wheels inside them). Not sure if it's made a difference but some of my snow tires look pretty good after 5-6 years.

My bike tires/wheels end up everywhere, draped over a seat, next to the furnace, living room, wherever.

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Originally Posted by carpediemracing
My bike tires/wheels end up everywhere, draped over a seat, next to the furnace, living room, wherever.
OMG! Furnace?!

That's worse than taking a carbon fiber bike out into direct sunlight!
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