I'll say again though few will listen - check out Airless Daytona time trial tires (airlesstires.com). No pump, no patches, no spares, no flats, no worries. Tires used to be my biggest maintenance problem commuting 40 miles a day, now they are the last thing I ever worry about. I use Tufos and sealant on my weekend rider (country roads and I can't afford to change my tubular rims so I can't switch to Airless tires - yet) but switching to Airless tires has given me a whole new feeling of freedom when I ride. I will never go back. Putting air in tires? What a dumb idea! Daniel S. Swords New Orleans, LA
Roadgiant@cs.com wrote: Hi all, I've managed to suffer six flats in the last five rides each time removing a tiny thorn that looks like a miniature roofing nail. Each tire has been brand new and my question for the list is: How does one remove the base tape on tubulars so that one can begin the futile task of patching and re-stitching? It will make me feel like I took action over these thorns if I can make a stab, take a shot, cut through this tubular tire repair issue. Thanks in advance. (Old tubulars make fun dog toys! They grab on and you can spin them around! I have six available for immediate sale! Delight your canines!)
Scott Smith The peaceful village of Van Nuys, Ca-lee-fornia!