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So just got my first set of Tubular wheels. What is the best method of securing my tyres? Glue or tape?

Tyre preference: Continental Competition or Vittoria??!

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mathewshotbolt [90 posts] 3 years ago
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vredestein tubs - tufo tape.

stick like s*** to a blanket, fast and haven't punctured in 2 seasons.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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Vittoria's are li'l bitches. They looks and roll real nice though. Pretty light too.

Can't repair them.

I've got Vittoria Corsa Elites taped with Velox Jantex rim tape.

That's a li'l bitch as well, get something with plastic backing paper, the velox stuff is absolute crap.

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700c [905 posts] 3 years ago
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+1 on jantex tape being useless, I totally screwed up due to the backing tape tearing

Next time I'll use glue, gives it time to properly adjust before it sets, as opposed to tape which instantly grabs once the tape is removed.

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therevokid [948 posts] 3 years ago
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+1 on the glue front  1

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Tjuice [194 posts] 3 years ago
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I did a lot of research when I bought tubular wheels. I thought I was going to go with tape (and had even bought some), but the more I read, the more I felt like it might be safer to use glue - really wanted to minimise the risk of rolling a tyre. Harder work to get right though.

I do carry a roll of tape with me when I ride though as an emergency solution if I have to change a tyre at the roadside and find the old glue on old glue interface is not good enough. Fingers crossed, I have not yet had to do that.

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AWP [106 posts] 3 years ago
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+1 on the Tufo Tape. So easy no mess. Even Wheelsmiths agree so it must be okay.

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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I'd definitely tape, just don't use Velox Jantex.

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Low Speed Wobble [155 posts] 3 years ago
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Glue, several thin layers on each surface. Vittoria Corsa - fabulous. Or better still - FMBs. Lush.