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Out With The Outdated, Again In With The Outdated – Bike Snob NYC

Out With The Outdated, Again In With The Outdated – Bike Snob NYC


Final week I flatted a tubular tire on the Cervino:

Since all my spares had been unhealthy and I needed to return the bike to rideability as quickly as doable, I put in an order for some new tubular tires–nearly instantly after which I opened an electronic mail from a kindly and beneficiant reader who supplied to ship me “a number of unused, gently aged tubular tires.” Naturally, I accepted. I didn’t even suppose to ask him why he needed to ship me a number of unused tires of top quality, principally as a result of I simply assumed like most individuals he’d come to his senses and realized tubulars are a ache within the ass. I believed the identical factor a few years in the past when I discovered a complete cache of classic tubular rims within the trash on a Brooklyn sidewalk–that the proprietor had lastly snapped, introduced “Fuck these items!,” and threw them away. (I saved them for years for stretching tires and stuff, solely just lately eliminating them myself after I figured I’d most likely by no means cope with a tubular tire once more…and right here we’re.)

Then I noticed, “Duh, why don’t I simply put a pair of contemporary clincher wheels on the Cervino?,” which turned out nice and made me understand I didn’t really want to cope with the tubulars in any respect:

Nonetheless, what’s the purpose of proudly owning an aesthetic classic bike in case you don’t no less than sometimes journey the fashionable classic wheels that got here with it? And with an ample provide of tires for it on the best way (which amongst different issues will enable me to journey with spares that may truly maintain air) there’s actually no motive to not hold them rolling. Most significantly, they need to present me with ample alternative to make an ass of myself.

The freebies are nonetheless en route, however the unique pair I ordered simply arrived, so the very first thing I did was name in an knowledgeable:

Although I’m sorry to report issues didn’t go properly:

Simply kidding:

Clearly issues went fantastically.

In any case, I’m undecided I’ll use these or the freebies, but it surely’s all the time thrilling to get new bike stuff, so I figured I’d no less than put them on the wheels with out glue to be able to stretch them and verify them out or no matter. Again after I raced and had a pair of tubular wheels I principally used Continental Sprinters, which appeared like a superb compromise between gentle weight and sturdiness–till the inevitable flat, after all. (You all the time swear by a tire till the second you get a flat at which level you swear by no means to make use of it once more.) Nonetheless, I just lately discovered there’s now such a factor as a Continental Gatorskin, so I figured I’d give {that a} strive:

The lingerie-like black base tape was completely different from the Sprinters I keep in mind, however the tread that serves solely a beauty objective was nonetheless there:

Subsequent I went to the wheels, the rear nonetheless wrapped in that sorry, structurally unsound spare:

Talking of out of date know-how, in case you’re questioning, the freewheel is a Suntour Winner:

It’s a 13-21, so with the 42-tooth little ring up entrance it nets me the identical “low” gear I used to conquer barely survive the Swiss Alps.

I’m torn between altering it to one thing just a little decrease and leaving it on there perpetually so I can hold congratulating myself.

Earlier than gluing no matter tires I ultimately find yourself utilizing subsequent, I had an vital determination to make with regard to the entrance wheel:

As all people is aware of, you’re supposed to place the tire label on the drive facet of the bike. Moreover, the emblem on the hub ought to oriented in order that it’s legible from the saddle, and the emblem on the rim ought to be legible from the drive facet of the bike. Nonetheless, again after I first acquired the Cervino, I seen that, sure, the tire label and the emblem on the rim had been dealing with the identical method as they need to:

However the precise stamped branding on the rim was dealing with the reverse method because the sticker:

Additionally, with the entrance wheel on the bike with the tire label and rim label dealing with the “proper” method, the emblem on the entrance hub was dealing with the “unsuitable” method:

So after I mount the brand new tire, what do I do?

Principally the sticker and the tire presently agree, and the hub emblem and the rim stamp presently agree, however there’s no approach to make them all agree. So do I observe the hub emblem? The rim sticker? The stamp within the rim? Do I peel the rim sticker and attempt to stick it again on the opposite approach to make it agree with the stamp and the hub emblem? And if I do orient the hub so the emblem is legible from the saddle because it’s alleged to be, which means the wheel can be spinning in the other way it’s been spinning all this time, and all people is aware of the sudden reversal might trigger the bearings and races to fail catastrophically:

Simply kidding.

Clearly I’ll simply be throwing the wheel away and getting a brand new one.

Subsequent I peeled off the entrance tire:

I hadn’t actually seen when peeling off the rear tire since I used to be principally simply targeted on getting again on the highway, however I noticed now that the tire was coming off very cleanly certainly, at which level I noticed Paul had most likely used tubular tape, which I’d by no means tried:

Given how tidy it was, I noticed I most likely ought to have simply ordered a few of that as an alternative of an enormous tub of glue I’ll most likely make a large number out of and that I’ll by no means get via anyway until I get a hankering to re-tile the lavatory:

So I figured I’d do no less than one good factor to make up for all that. Throughout the flat debacle I’d discovered the arduous method that one in all my spares wouldn’t maintain air. I supposed to make use of the tire I simply eliminated as a spare, so to verify I didn’t combine it up with its flat counterpart I wrote “good” on the sidewall:

Sadly it seems prefer it says “Gooo,” and I can nearly assure that I’ll neglect doing this anyway, which implies that in a couple of months I’ll surprise why the hell I’ve a tire that claims “Gooo” on it, conclude the tire is by some means unhealthy, and use its flat counterpart with no ambiguous markings on it because the spare. And the cycle will proceed.

(Sure, I might simply throw out the flat one, however a part of utilizing tubulars is deluding your self into pondering you’ll restore it at some point.)

As I say, I’m undecided which tires I’ll find yourself gluing, so I mounted the Gatorskins dry to see what they appeared like in situ and to present them a superb stretch:

They went on fairly simply and appeared good and straight:

Better of all they’ve labels on either side so that you don’t really want to fret about which method you mount them in any case:

Like me, they haven’t any path.



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