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    Tubular glue Q

    Hoping someone can explain the difference between hardware store contact glue & tubular rim glue bought at bike shops? Visually they seem almost identical. Thanks

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    Back in the day we used the 3M Fastack to glue tubulars however there is some indication that the solvents used in non tubular specific glues can cause the base tape to separate from the casing. I was indeed having issues like this at one point but thought it was just some crappy tires. Now I only use the Vittoria mastik. It's available at good shops these days as the cyclocross guys like tubulars as well.

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    buy the vittoria mastik and you're good. don't use anything that isn't specifically made for gluing tires to rims...your well being depends on it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxwrench View Post
    buy the vittoria mastik and you're good. Don't use anything that isn't specifically made for gluing tires to rims...your well being depends on it.
    +1!!!!

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    Tubular glue isn't that expensive. You might as well buy the real McCoy.
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    +1 on using "tubular cement." If you used "contact glue" and applied it properly, you would never get the tire off the rim without having to cut it off......that is the "glue" used to apply laminate materials to counters, etc. If done properly, it will not come loose once the two surfaces to which the glue is applied touch each other and you only get one chance to get it into position. You don't want either of those things to happen with a tubular tire and rim.

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    thanks guys. After visually comparing both I was just wondering if tubular glue was just rebranded contact glue. Apparently not. cheers.

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    goop

    I've used tubasti, clement, vittoria, the old track shellac, and 3M Fast Tack to glue tubulars.
    What a pain in the ass..The only glue I use now is GOOP.

    Perfect glue job every time. Put it on a little thick, let it sit for about 5 min until the petroleum distillate vapors dissipate. Mount the tire. You'll have lots of time to get it perfectly straight, unlike every other glue. Don't try to clean the excess. Wait 24 hr and the excess will peel off clean. When it comes time to pull the tire you'll understand why this is the best tubular glue. Removal will be difficult, but the glue will stick to the tire and peel away clean from the rim.

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