[CR]Silk Tubular Maintenance

Example: Production Builders:Cinelli

Date: Sun, 10 Jun 2007 15:47:34 -0700
From: Jay Sexton <jvs@sonic.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
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Subject: [CR]Silk Tubular Maintenance


Congratulations on the silk tubulars. Nice NOS silks are hard to find. Wish I could find some I could afford.

My suggestions:

First, DO NOT use armor-all on those tires. Over time it will break down the rubber and latex.

My method for storage, since I don't have a cool basement, is to mount them on tubular rims (no glue of course), inflate to about 60 or 70 pounds, drape a large plastic trash bag over the wheels, and hang them from the clothes rod in the closet. I also like to brush a coat or two of liquid latex onto the sidewalls. Then, season until needed. Check the air pressure once in a while to keep them inflated.

You'll probably find more tips and advice in the archives.

Good luck!

Jay Sexton Sebastopol, CA

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