Technical FAQ: Re-gluing tubulars

  • By Lennard Zinn
  • Published Aug. 10, 2009
  • Updated Feb. 24, 2011 at 9:39 PM EDT

Dear Lennard,

Do you have an opinion on whether one should re-glue tubulars annually? I glued my racing tubulars to their rims last year and the glue job still seems strong, but I’m worried about the risk of rolling a tire due to an old glue job. I’d appreciate your thoughts.

Dear Mark,
Yours is an interesting question and I decided to pose it to Donn Kellogg, the president of Challenge USA, located just down the road from me in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Answer from Donn Kellogg:

It would be our recommendation to re-glue tubulars tires on an annual basis, as the following points should be considered:

If the rider is located in a mountainous region and is racing full time, the tires should be re-glued at least on an annual basis. The heat generated from the brake pad on the rim can evaporate the glue over time.

It is always a good practice to do a thorough maintenance check of the bicycle at the start of a new season. This is the best time to re-glue tires.

Care should be given when removing the tire from the rim, so the base tape of the tubular tire stays on the tire.
-Donn Kellogg

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Lennard Zinn

Lennard Zinn

Our longtime technical writer joined VeloNews in 1987. He is also a framebuilder, a former U.S. National Team rider, and author of many bicycle books, including Zinn and the Art of Mountain Bike Maintenance and Zinn and the Art of Road Bike Maintenance, as well as Zinn and the Art of Triathlon Bikes and Zinn's Cycling Primer: Maintenance Tips and Skill Building for Cyclists. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in physics from Colorado College. Readers can send brief technical questions to Ask LZ.

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