[CR]questions on mounting tubulars


Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2002
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 11:15:47 -0500
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "ADP" <aphillips9@mindspring.com>
Subject: [CR]questions on mounting tubulars

Yeah, I know, I know, lots of stuff in the archives...

At least on gluing. I'm not even talking about gluing here, I just spent 45 minutes getting them on the rims to pre-stretch.

Is there any easier way to get them stretched enough to get them on the rims without such a wrestling match?

2 of my cats were sitting there watching me, being very concerned about the cursing and complaining (all the while I was hoping the phone would not ring) while I was trapped by a pair of Continental Sprinters and Mavic CX18s.

I had lots of thoughts about stretching for prestretching, while I was trapped, with such Rube Goldberg inventions like as a hand crank expandable rim or two 12" kids rims, a ceiling hook and a 50 lb weight.

My big concern is after those tires sit there for three days, how am I ever going to get them on once there is glue involved? Should I inflate them a little as part of the stretching thing? Should I pay someone to do it? Should I just leave them on the rims, not glue them and never actually ride the Scandalous Medici? Wait 6 weeks? Move them to larger and larger rims?

Are Continental tubulars tight fits like their clinchers and I was just silly to buy these, or what?

The last bike with tubees I had was at age 14. While I remember gluing straight was a challenge, I don't remember getting the darn things on being such a pain!

Advice needed, except for advice like, sell those Mavic CX18s and 32 hole low flange Record hubs to me, or you bought the wrong tires, buy these better tires from me...

Ann Phillips, Decatur GA