New to Tubs .... tape or glue?

by veseunr   June 9, 2013  

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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vredestein tubs - tufo tape.

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

posted by mathewshotbolt [101 posts]
9th June 2013 - 12:02

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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.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
9th June 2013 - 16:24

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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.

posted by 700c [746 posts]
9th June 2013 - 21:35

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+1 on the glue front Smile

still on the 3rd switch-back of Bwlch !

posted by therevokid [923 posts]
10th June 2013 - 11:28


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.

posted by Tjuice [162 posts]
10th June 2013 - 13:16

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+1 on the Tufo Tape. So easy no mess. Even Wheelsmiths agree so it must be okay.

posted by AWP [112 posts]
10th June 2013 - 16:18

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I'd definitely tape, just don't use Velox Jantex.

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1734 posts]
10th June 2013 - 21:16


Glue, several thin layers on each surface. Vittoria Corsa - fabulous. Or better still - FMBs. Lush.

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posted by Low Speed Wobble [152 posts]
10th June 2013 - 21:34

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