Storing tubulars

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GASer
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by GASer

I will not be using two pairs of carbon tubular wheels with rubbers fit on for a long period of time, maybe a year or so, with no access. Any advice to keep them fresh and most importantly avoid issues when I will be using them again?

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sungod
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by sungod

hanging up (by the rims, so no pressure on the tyre itself), in the dark, not in extreme high/low temperature, dry and away from anything that might affect the materials (cleaning fluids, fumes etc.)

Geoff
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by Geoff

Also, periodically inflate them with 30 or 40 psi. At the end on the season, I like to protect the sidewalls of the tire by giving them a coat of liquid latex to keep them from drying-out. Works really well.

Zigmeister
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by Zigmeister

Yeah, good thread to remind people. Haven't ridden my 303 FC Tubulars in about 3 months. Was going to put them on, then saw the front tire half peeled off the rim etc...

Damn things look like they will need a reglue around the edges to secure them...they were a little sketchy from not being inflated and ridden for a short period of time.

Probably going to move away from tubulars, the extra 150-200gms of weight savings is a hassle in many ways. They were my race day wheels, so great for that. But Summer/no racing and training, they sit. Kind of a waste of money, plus the deflation/glue issues of sitting as mentioned above.

I don't like to use them for training in case I flat out in the middle of nowhere and I can't repair it.

BTW, mine are in a wheel bag, so just keeping them out of the exposed air in my humid garage didn't stop them from coming off the rim somewhat and becoming flaky now.

GASer
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by GASer

Thanks guys. Given the fact that I will no be able to inflate the tires, I am afraid that they will be de-glued eventually. At least I am going to hang em from them rims in the basement. Love the tubs rolling but...
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fdegrove
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by fdegrove

Hi,

You can easily store properly glued tubs for several years with no issues whatsoever.

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