Re: [CR]Tubulars and sidewalls

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Date: Tue, 08 Feb 2005 13:46:14 -0600
From: "John Thompson" <JohnThompson@new.rr.com>
Organization: The Crimson Permanent Assurance
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR]Tubulars and sidewalls
References: <BE2E6F04.5DC4B%tullio@TheRamp.net>
In-Reply-To:


Todd Kuzma wrote:
> How it affects the looks will depend on your expectations. It won't
> necessarily look *bad* but it won't be original either.

They've been latexed before and I never minded the look.
> How it affects the ride is another matter. Some argue that all tires of a
> given volume and pressure ride the same. Some argue that there is much more
> to it than that. If you believe that these tires ride better than cheap
> tires, it's because of the suppleness of the silk casing and relatively
> light latex sidewall coating. Once the latex has hardened and cracked, it
> will not be as supple. Adding additional latex doesn't help matters as this
> will stiffen the sidewall even more.

The sidewalls are still very supple, and it is fairly easy to remove loose, dry latex with a soft brush (a toothbrush works well) before applying a new layer.
> Can you tell the difference? I don't know. Some claim that it's all in our
> heads, but if you believe that silk CdMs ride better than cheapies then you
> should be concerned about dry-rot and additional latex affecting the ride.

I definitely can tell. And I can still pump these tires up to 120psi without problems.

--
John "old, but good" (john@os2.dhs.org)
Appleton WI USA