The-complete-guide-to-tubular-glue-tips-for-gluing-tubular-tires Pro Cycling Outlet

Tubular tires are a popular choice among cyclists for their superior performance and ride quality.  However, properly gluing tubular tires is crucial to ensure safety and performance.

In this post, I’ll give you my opinion on the best tubular glue, the best solvent, how to glue tubular tires effectively, and how many coats you need for a secure bond.

  • What is the best tubular glue?
  • While preferences may vary among cyclists, one of the top-rated tubular glues is  Vittoria Mastik One; it provides a strong and durable bond between tire and rim.

  • What is the best solvent for tubular glue?
  • A high-quality solvent is essential to make the process easier and more efficient.  Acetone is regarded as one of the best solvents. It effectively softens and dissolves the glue, making it easier to scrape off the rim surface, however, please make sure to use it in a well-ventilated area and wear gloves to protect your skin.

  • How many coats are necessary?
  • It’s a personal preference and of course, depends on the specific conditions in which you’ll be riding.  However, most cyclists will apply two thin coats for optimal adhesion. Multiple thin coats ensures a strong bond while minimizing the risk of excess glue build-up, which can affect tire performance.

    So, how do you glue tubular tires?

    Precision and patience and .. more patience!  

    1. Clean the rim:  Thoroughly cleaning the rim surface with isopropyl alcohol to remove dirt, grease or old glue residue.
    2. Apply a thin coat of glue: Using a brush or applicator, apply a thin, even coat of glue to both the rim and base tape of the tire.  Allow the first coat to dry for approximately 24 hours. 
    3. Apply a second coat: Once the first coat is dry, apply a second thin coat of glue to both surfaces. Again, allow it to dry for 24 hours.
    4. Mount the tire: After the second coat has dried, carefully mount the tire onto the rim, ensuring it is centered and aligned properly. 
    5. Press and inflate: Press the tire firmly onto the rim and inflate it to the recommended pressure. Spin the wheel to ensure the tire is seated evenly.

    Gluing your tubular tires requires careful attention to detail and by choosing the best glue, following proper gluing techniques and using the right solvent for clean-up, you can ensure a secure bond and safe ride. 

    We have Vittoria Mastik One on our website to make the process a little bit easier for you.  Head to our website www.procyclingoutlet and grab it now.

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