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How to: Mount Tubulars? ASAP HELP

Old 10-21-08, 12:28 PM
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How to: Mount Tubulars? ASAP HELP

Hey guys,
I just got a new pair of carbon tires, HED Jets to be exact, and I have no clue about how to mount the tubular onto the wheel.... PLEASE HELP ASAP
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Old 10-21-08, 12:29 PM
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should probably take it to a shop that does know how but ask them to show you how it is done.
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Originally Posted by chrisvu05 View Post
should probably take it to a shop that does know how but ask them to show you how it is done.
I would, but id prefer to learn on my own.. its a thing of mine
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First, put the tires on without glue, pump them up to 120 psi. Leave them on for a day or 2 This will stretch them and give you time to read up on the gluing fun to come.
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they will stay on with air in them not glued?
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Old 10-21-08, 12:32 PM
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Yes, but don't ride them! You're only doing this to pre-stretch the tires so they will be easier to mount onto the rim later.

I repeat: DO NOT RIDE A TUBULAR WHEEL THAT DOES NOT HAVE THE TIRE GLUED ON
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There's a thread in C&V that's helpful. http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread.php?t=154679

+1 on getting someone to help you the first time and learning. This is something you do not want to F up.

One little tip, make sure the braking surfaces are free of glue after you glue them and before you ride.

Otherwise, it's virtually impossible to modulate the brakes when you head out of the house straight with your new wheels down a 40mph descent, braking late into a hairpin turn.
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I taped my braking surfaces with painter's tape before gluing my first set of tubulars. Really helped.
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There was an article in road bike action or some other road bike mag this month about it. gave step by step instructions
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Originally Posted by flet f5c View Post
they will stay on with air in them not glued?
Do yourself a favor and pay someone to do it for you, if this is your level of knowledge regarding tubulars.

Particularly if you plan on riding near others any time soon.

Really.

This is a 3-day process, by the way, so "ASAP" isn't going to do you much good if you have a race coming up tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
This is a 3-day process, by the way, so "ASAP" isn't going to do you much good if you have a race coming up tomorrow.
Unless you tape them
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Originally Posted by Duke of Kent View Post
This is a 3-day process, by the way, so "ASAP" isn't going to do you much good if you have a race coming up tomorrow.
I've been racing tubulars for years ..... I'm down to 2 days !

And if I pre-stretch my tires, then 1 day
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Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
Unless you tape them
Okay, so at least a day, possibly two depending on how tight the tires are when you get them.
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Originally Posted by DogBonz View Post
There was an article in road bike action or some other road bike mag this month about it. gave step by step instructions
I saw that article but it has several errors. I'll look it up when I go home on Friday to point them out.
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Originally Posted by flet f5c View Post
they will stay on with air in them not glued?

Yes...they will stay on.Pretty much the air pressure will constrict the tire and make it "hug" (for lack of a better word right now) the rim pretty well. Just don't ride on them like this!!! This procedure is to nicely stretch the tires. Do what I did...find a couple of old cheap tubular rims and keep them just for stretching tires.

And really, Google is your friend. Typing "gluing tubular tires" in the nice little Google search box yielded a ton of results in the blink of an eye.
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Good luck: http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=101
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Tufo Extreme Glue tape... it works. Been using for years... never rolled one yet.
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Originally Posted by lung View Post
Tufo Extreme Glue tape... it works. Been using for years... never rolled one yet.
+2

You'll never use glue again after using tape.
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Tufo Extreme Glue tape... it works. Been using for years... never rolled one yet.
Not racing a lot of 'cross eh?
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Originally Posted by texraid View Post
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You'll never use glue again after using tape.
I don't know about that. I hated glue so I used the tape and it didn't really work that well for me. Now I'm (somewhat) happy to be back using glue. A couple of my teammates have experienced mixed results with the tape. But the ones that have had good results with them have used Tufo tires. My experience was using Conti Sprinters with the tape and some of my friends used Vittoria CRs and Corsa Evo CXs with the tape. None of the non-tufo-tired ones liked their results.
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Originally Posted by flet f5c View Post
Hey guys,
I just got a new pair of carbon tires, HED Jets to be exact, and I have no clue about how to mount the tubular onto the wheel.... PLEASE HELP ASAP
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Originally Posted by chrisvu05 View Post
should probably take it to a shop that does know how but ask them to show you how it is done.
Originally Posted by flet f5c View Post
I would, but id prefer to learn on my own.. its a thing of mine
So what are you doing here? You'll probably save yourself a lot of headaches if you bring it to someone and pay them to teach you to fish.
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In terms of tufo extreme tape - what are the best racing tires that won't get f'ed by the tape? I guess Vittorias are out.
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Originally Posted by pinky View Post
Not racing a lot of 'cross eh?
na... if I'm in the dirt its with my Tonka Trucks & GI Joes. I keep my bike on pavement
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Originally Posted by rc32 View Post
Do what I did...find a couple of old cheap tubular rims and keep them just for stretching tires.

Clincher rims (or whole wheels) work just fine for tubular tire stretching. The tires fit on there fine, the valve fits through the valve whole just fine, you can press them up to 160 psi just fine, and they're a lot easier to find.
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Originally Posted by SpongeDad View Post
In terms of tufo extreme tape - what are the best racing tires that won't get f'ed by the tape? I guess Vittorias are out.
I've used Conti's on my Zipps with Tape and never had a problem. I live in the mountains of NC and go down alot of hard descents... again... no rolling. But maybe I've just been lucky. I also ride with a couple guys who use the tape... same thing... no problems.
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