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    Quote Originally Posted by Lionel View Post
    Not the case for me as reported here many times. Veloflex thread separation in at least 50% of them. None for FMBs in my case (used less of them though).
    Well there you have it....We'll both be switching over to Challenge before it's over for the consistent quality control....ehem....

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    Laugh it up fuzzballs. Perhaps the only redeeming feature (for the cyclist) of Virginia Beach, Virginia is the relatively clean roads. In the 18 months I've lived there I've had only one tubular flat and it was a Continental Competition.

    The memorial service was short. I save my tears for Veloflex. The Conti may have just ended up in the dumpster. I have not found the burial site even though I've searched for it late at night sometimes.

    I have had no QC issues with Veloflex. It would be a travesty if their quality went downhill through. They are one of the great pleasures of road riding IMHO.

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    Default Re: FMB Tubulars

    Thanks all for the info, looks like cotton is the way for me.

    Saab2000, sorry for your loss, it just takes time for the pain to go away. Sounds like it was a great tire.


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    Default Re: FMB Tubulars

    Plenty of FMB flats in Strade Bianche. Almost ruined Cancellara's race (3 flats!). Team SKY also had a handful.

    How are your FMBs doing on gravel roads? Seems that pro riders have better experience on the cobbles with them.

    PS: I know bad luck can happen!

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    Default Re: FMB Tubulars

    They don't age them like Lionel do.
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    Seriously I'm pretty sure they keep some tubulars from a year to another. They have a lot of spare wheels that don't see the road or very few.

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    The pro teams obviously didn't follow the correct process - the proven method requires a cellar in Aix en Provence with the tubulars aging alongside your collection of fine wines and slowly maturing cheeses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul View Post
    The pro teams obviously didn't follow the correct process - the proven method requires a cellar in Aix en Provence with the tubulars aging alongside your collection of fine wines and slowly maturing cheeses.
    There you go. Precisely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kentinmania View Post
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    How are your FMBs doing on gravel roads? ...!
    Mine see 90% gravel and salt, snow, rain. No problems (i.e. No flats) IF you seal the sidewalls.

    Caveat: my watts are not measurable compared to the pros.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noteddy View Post
    IF you seal the sidewalls.

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    What do you seal the sidewalls with?
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis View Post
    What do you seal the sidewalls with?
    Thanks,
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    lord help us.
    its a 25 hr per tire exercise that must be repeated monthly.
    worth it cause they are tubulars.
    best performed beneath a pyramid for durability...
    luxor in vegas the perfect venue.. plenty of room inside the pyramid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennis View Post
    What do you seal the sidewalls with?
    I use Tent Sure Floor Sealant. You can check this thread for all the details. It's quick and easy. But, if you want to sleep the rest of the righteous knowing that your French tires mounted on your Leightweight wheels are properly prepared for the Flemish mud, you can use this.


    Organic only, please.

    Seriously, use the Tent Sure. It takes <10 minutes and they include a brush.

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    Default Re: FMB Tubulars

    tan side wall tires look best when they are used, like jeans, like a leather bag, like used oversocks (i never use oversocks).

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    Quote Originally Posted by StR View Post
    tan side wall tires look best when they are used, like jeans, like a leather bag, like used oversocks (i never use oversocks).
    Wow! This is completely contrary to my long-established paradigm. Namely, that tan side wall tires only look good until the first ride in the rain.

    I'm going to try adopting your approach. It seems like a step on the road to enlightenment for me. My rain bike currently has tan side wall tires that look quite used indeed (they aren't actually that old). If I can think of this as a good thing, it will save me a tiny little bit of angst.

    BTW: I love the pictures of your bikes getting covered in mud, and of the amazing scenery.
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    Just ordered some Tent Sure from Amazon. This will be my first experience sealing tubulars with anything other than tubular cement. Thanks for the heads-up!
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    Quote Originally Posted by josepht View Post
    Wow! This is completely contrary to my long-established paradigm. Namely, that tan side wall tires only look good until the first ride in the rain.

    I'm going to try adopting your approach. It seems like a step on the road to enlightenment for me. My rain bike currently has tan side wall tires that look quite used indeed (they aren't actually that old). If I can think of this as a good thing, it will save me a tiny little bit of angst.

    BTW: I love the pictures of your bikes getting covered in mud, and of the amazing scenery.
    thanks..

    Joseph, your teasing me now .. ;))) ? when it rains, and they have black dirt from the brakes on, I wash them the black dirt off. nothing else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kentinmania View Post
    Plenty of FMB flats in Strade Bianche. Almost ruined Cancellara's race (3 flats!). Team SKY also had a handful.

    How are your FMBs doing on gravel roads? Seems that pro riders have better experience on the cobbles with them.

    PS: I know bad luck can happen!
    The 27's (really closer to 30) in cotton? they do nicely indeed. I switched my "road" bike back to tubulars over the weekend. The FMB PR 27's ride so much more smoothly than the (recently clincher, but tubulars too) Vittoria blah blah CG blah blah 27's, even if the green matches the bike better..

    Carry Stans, a frame-fit pump, and a valve core wrench (Park Blue spoke wrench works well), and you might take 4min to seal/reinflate the PR after its inevitable appointment with a goathead or a bit of glass. Carry a spare in case it is a gin bottle you find....

    Cheers,

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    Just bumping this thread. Took the Competition CX's out for a quick spin this morning. They sure do ride nice.

    Fingers crossed on, well, all the other stuff.

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    Default Re: FMB Tubulars

    Resurrecting this thread to ask how the FMB tubulars measure once mounted vs. their stated size? Also, what are the preferred tires for “spirited” road group rides? I am looking at the Paris-Roubaix or Service Course in cotton 25c, but open to suggestions. Maybe the KOPPENBERG? Lately, most of the tires I’ve been buying are Veloflex 28c, so not sure how FMB compares. I am reading mixed reviews on how these tires wear as well. Any updates from folks that have been riding them for a while?
    Thanks!

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    Default Re: FMB Tubulars

    I'm currently riding the Paris Roubaix 27c on HED Stinger 3s on my C64. They measure 29mm.

    I haven't ridden Veloflex on this bike so I can't do a direct comparison, but - based on past experience - I'd say they're at least as good. I'll need to replace these soon-ish, and Veloflex are the likely candidate.

    No QC issues with this set either. My last FMBs had the tread coming away from the carcass, but this pair have been absolutely fine.

    One thing I do prefer about Veloflex is that the tan sidewall stays pretty much the same colour for the life of the tyre. The FMBs started light, but have darkened over time.

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