|Joined: 10 Aug 2007|
|Location: Salina, Ks.||
|I like sew-ups, I really enjoy the ride (most of the time --- see below ) but the convenience of clinchers when it comes to repairs of flat tire cannot be denied. The Tufo Extreme sealant that Chas brought to my attention years ago has saved me many times now with my sew-ups.
I will admit my low budget approach to purchase of Vittoria Rally tubulars, which often have somewhat of a "Bump" associated with the valve stem location (some mount better than others) but still somewhat of an annoyance while riding. I don't seriously race since my collarbone fracture in 2005 so I just have not invested the $$$ for better quality sew-ups which likely have better quality control and less of this mounting discrepancy.
BUT, in my stable some of the bikes have both wheel options:
The '70 TdeF is equipped with Mavic Championt du Monde rims and Vittoria Rally tubulars.
My first Gitane, the white '71 Interclub has clinchers (but I have the original Mavic tubular wheelset)
The '72 green Interclub (my oldest son's ride) is set up with clinchers on Mavic MA-40 rims for his convenience (and again I have the original Mavic rims mounted with Vittoria Rally tubulars.)
The '72 white Interclub ( my youngest son's ride ) is set up with clinchers--Actually he is more likely to ride his Trek Madonne
but he will ride the steel frame with me occasionally.
The '72 white TdeF (my middle son's ride) is set up with clincher wheelset for his convenience
The '72 red TdeF (that I set up for my youngest son's wife) has a set of Mavic Open Pro rims with clinchers again for convenience
The '72 -possibly '73 SuperCorsa was set up with 27" clinchers on Wienmann rims---I have it on a set of Mavic GP-4 tubular rims with Vittoria Rally tubulars now.
The '86 Performance is a project it is on Mavic clinchers at this time--but it will share the Mavic GP-4 tubular wheelset that I use on the '87 Victoire.
The '87 Victoire, my everyday ride is on Mavic MA-40 clinchers, but for more serious riding and better rolling I have a set of Mavic Open Pro clinchers. But as noted above I also have this bike set up with Mavic GP-4 rims and Rally Tubulars.
The new Super-Corsa frame in this project could possibly use the Campy Hubs--27" wheels that were on the Red '72 -'73 Super-Corsa. BUT keeping with the spirit of the complete overhaul of this frameset. These NOS Mavic MA-40 rims and large Campy hubs were a project of building my first set of wheels. I'm leaning towards setting these rims with 35-to possibly 38 mm 700 C touring tires for use with this project.
As I said, I like-love sew-ups, lots of experience with them over the last 45+ years---
They're just a pain in the butt to remove, clean, & remount if they incur a puncture. However, the last set I utilized the Tufo Tubular Rim tape ---and it made the process a lot easier. So far that set of sew-ups on the Green Interclub has worked well. Note: Just don't inflate your sew-up too much when first placing onto the Tufo Tape (inflation helps to seat the tire---but sew-up tend to "roll" or try to roll inside out) which resulted in a mismount of the tire tread centerline due to my error of over-inflating the first time I used the Tufo tape. (I didn't see the effect until the next morning)
I Like Steel !!!!