Re: [CR]Silk Tubular Maintenance

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From: "Aldo Ross" <>
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Subject: Re: [CR]Silk Tubular Maintenance
Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 17:20:28 -0400

Old-timer's suggestions...

Store them in a cool, dark place, away from windows. A rarely-used closet is ideal.

Store them away from furnace, fridge, or anything else with an electric motor. Arcing from an old electric motor creates low-level ozone, which damages rubber, latex, plastic.

Store them partially-inflated, laying flat on a large shelf if possible.

If stored hanging from a hook, rotate them monthly to avoid creasing the tire.

Plastic bags won't protect tires from ozone or humidity - moisture and air will penetrate most plastics bags - but will keep off dust and dirt.

Amour-all (sic), like all chemicals, might accelerate deterioration of latex and silk over the long term.

Aldo Ross
Middletown, OH, USA

----- Original Message -----
To: Classic Rendezvous
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2007 4:24 PM
Subject: [CR]Silk Tubular Maintenance

> I've acquired some period silk tubulars in very good condition which I
> must maintain for some time until a restoration is finished. They were
> bought stored flat, uninflated, in a box. They hold air well and have no
> obvious signs of rot, etc.
> How should they be maintained, i.e. inflated? On rims? In the dark? In a
> plastic bag? Will Amour-all help?
> I've done some reading about this but I would like to get some first-hand
> advice, too.
> Thanks for any advice.
> George Hollenberg MD
> Westport, CT, USA
> George Hollenberg MD