I am curious to hear about people's views on Tufo Tape versus Tubular Glue. Thanks.
i thk the tape works fine for road application... easy to use, the tire has high pressure in it anyway which helps the bond.
gluing becomes mroe problematic in cross...where the tires are very low pressure (25psi os thereabouts ), they are very large diameter and lean at pretty considerable realtively slow speed angles.
lot more leverage in these circumstances... way stronger bond needed for cross tires.
read zanc on gluing cross tubulars.
I agree with Steve. I have tried both ways for both applications (road and cross). The tape seems fine for the road but is not adequate for the rigors and low tire-pressures of 'cross. That said I now glue only after having the tape fail me rather spectacularly. Plus it's fun getting yourself all sticky when gluing up a batch of tires.
Last edited by krthornton; 12-16-2011 at 02:55 PM. Reason: slpeling
1. Pull off flat tire, mount spare. It'll be kinda stuck-ish by the time you get home, due to the leftover sticky residue. I've done this a few times, and it is no worse that changing a glued-on flat. (I have 1 wheel set glued, another taped. Both are easy to deal with when flats happen.)
2. Put a new roll of tape on (you'd need a razor to cut it to length), then mount new tire. This would take an extra few minutes, and you'd obviously need the tape.
Yeah. Ok. On a set of used rims I just ripped the tire off and was left blistering my thumbs getting most of it off the rim. I feel like it's easy enough to just knock a little glue off the bed when you're gluing the next tire. The main plus for me would be being able to center perfectly before pulling out the backing. But dirty secret: last time I dropped off my wheels at the shop and left a week later with new tires glued on. Ha!
I hope this doesn't sound overly harsh, but if you are going to use tubulars, you really need to make the committment to master the skills to glue on a tire...Otherwise, clinchers are a better alternative.