Most of the bags in the local bike store that are big enough to fit a tubular are pretty short and ugly. You have several alternatives. First, a toe strap (the Binda laminated off-white toe strap is de rigeur, though a double track toe strap can look pretty cool as well) to hold the tire under your saddle does a nice job. There's a cool guy's way to fold the tubular (http://www.velocipedesalon.com/forum/f7 ... -2283.html) for this application, but you can fold it up any way you want as long as you aren't getting glue all over the bike or the casing of the spare (I know, your glue should be dry, but if you fold it so your gluing surface is pressed against your casing or tread, some glue will transfer). If you're in southern Cali, you can strap it under your saddle without any cover. If you're riding in Central Park these days, you need a little more. Also, a toe strap or whatever you choose to use can cause the tire to chafe, which isn't good.
Next step up is to put the tire in a sock. I always thought that was funky, but some people find it works. It doesn't keep rain off the tire, it's bulky, it doesn't look as sharp as your carbon fiber frame, etc.
Next, get a piece of cordura fabric and wrap the tire neatly in it, then strap it in. This avoids chafing and keeps the tire cleaner.
You can get a Tufo tire bag, actually made for tubular tires and very nicely done (it's actually made by Jandd, who make very nice bags, with the Tufo logo embroidered on it). I believe you can get them still at www.worldclasscycles.com. It holds almost any tubular plus a couple CO2 cartridges, a tire lever or two to get the tubular off, etc. It actually looks like a tubular tire bag used to look, and since part of why we're riding tubulars is to be cool, don't you want it to be obvious?
I personally think there's a really nice way, especially for weight weenies, to do a spare tire. It's the one tire in the Tufo lineup that I really like, the S-3 Pro. It's only 195 grams, it folds down very tiny because there's no stitching and seam under the base tape, and although it's very thin and supple, it's also got a tough rubber that gets you home. Many people use big bulky cheap tubulars as spares, but it's worth it to get one of these, stretch it well (they can be tight to mount the first time), and roll it up tight. Because the casing is synthetic, you don't have any problems if it's rolled up for a year under your saddle. It's small enough to fit in a moderate sized saddle bag and then I simply fasten the whole saddle bag to the saddle rails with that toe strap, which compresses everything very nicely and makes it very secure. You'll hear all kinds of disgust about Tufo tires on this website, but this one tire is really nice for what it is. It isn't a Veloflex Record by a country mile, but it's a light, very compact tire that makes a great spare. Don't knock it.
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aerozy wrote:I carry two spare tubulars in a cut open water bottle in my bottle cage. I just need the spare tire to get me home so Im not bothered with it getting wet. Also as I live in a moderate climate I rarely drink more then 1 bottle. Its practical, clean and hassle free.
I should have mentioned this one as well. It works well if you have a water bottle cage free. Best is to take two bottles and cut one near the bottom, one near the top. Throw away the two short pieces and slice the bottom up the side so it'll compress slightly and slide up into the long top part.
This works well with clinchers and such and is a common solution among European pros (which, of course, makes it the defining method for an reader on this forum, right?). It can be hard to squeeze a tire plus the other stuff into it, but it keeps both your saddle and your jersey pocket clear. Which is also appropriate for the fashionistas on this website.
Thanks for pointing this one out.
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Indeed http://www.tufotires.com/tufo_spare_tire_bag.htm . Also, Madcow (Fairwheel bikes) used to (don't know about currently) sell the Jandd labeled version of this.11.4 wrote:You can get a Tufo tire bag, actually made for tubular tires and very nicely done (it's actually made by Jandd, who make very nice bags, with the Tufo logo embroidered on it). I believe you can get them still at http://www.worldclasscycles.com
180ish gram "space saver spare tire" (TT tire with belt) for a very rare flat (once every 3 years or so in my case) goes in the center rear jersey pocket along with a mini pump (much ligher than CO2 and in case of troubles can be used more than once)
If you really need that jersey space then move the tubbie to the seat rails with lightweight velcro strap.
As for people carrying 2 water bottles. I feel this is unnecessary extra weight. My technique is to carry one bottle and re-fill on route with plain water. On Alpine cols in Europe this works really well.
If you don't care how it looks I guess a bag has to be a good option.
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