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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 6:40 pm 
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I actually thought this topic had been discussed earlier, but I for the life of me can't find anything with a search, not here nor on Google. I've read up as much as I can on storing real tubulars, vulcanized vs glued, and so forth. But I really can't find anything about storing a glued (not vulcanized) "open" tubular, which I believe the Challenge Criterium is?

Just ordered a Challenge Criterium to try it out, but really started wondering if I should store it pumped up on a spare rim to like 50-60psi for a few months, or even 'til next spring, and get something else meanwhile?

Please advice? If it was a real glued tubular tire, I certainly should, but does it matter the same way with this glued open tubular - would I get the same benefits of storing it?

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:11 am 
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Why? It's a tyre - what benefit does 'ageing' or 'storing' a tyre have aside from hardening the rubber which is likely to result in reduced grip?

Ageing tyres carries zero logic - it's just something people do because other people have always done it and probably has all it's theory based in an old wive's tale.


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Velonews...

When discussing aging, it is like comparing apples and oranges when discussing vulcanized tires and stitched tubulars. Aging does not toughen a vulcanized tire; the vulcanization already did that. Aging only deteriorates the tire. A “green” (non-vulcanized) tire, on the other hand, may benefit up to a point from some aging. The vulcanized tread may or may not improve, but for a while, the casing and the hand-applied glue bonds might. After a certain amount of time, though, the glue bonds will break down, and the base tape, and possibly the tread as well, may peel off.
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There are plenty of 'to age or not to age' threads, let's please not make another one, that was not the question per se. I believe there are benefits for crr and puncture protection for some tires, the question was if this is one of them?

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Just store them in a closet for a few months. They will become a bit more puncture proof and you will like the challenges a lot! Or, just mount them, see if you like them and if you like them order a second set and store that for use once the winter is over.

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Thanks Frankie! I think I might do just that, try it right away and get 5 more stored in the closet over winter to see me thru next season if I like it as much as I hope I will. The reviews are generally awesome when kept around 7-8bar, which is what I usually ride anyway.

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