Is Condor the only shop which sells tub glue?

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  • I got back into tubs the other day and had quite a job finding glue. Didn't want to buy cheap online (just for once). I thought lots of shops would have glue, what with all the hipsters. Doesn't anyone use tubs any more? I had to go to Condor. Not complaining really, I've always liked it there, even though they charged me 25% more than RRP for Mastik Pro.

  • Tubs interest has probably died off due to tubeless and the trend for wider tyres. Always found Condor good for that sort of thing and being able to see components in the flesh versus buying blind online. Evans and Halfords are way worse for price hiking basic items.

  • Doesn't anyone use tape anymore? Glue seems like right pain; when I was a youngster I only rode tubs and me and my old man just used tape. It took a bit of patience to get right but never had any issues with it...

  • Tape is popular, especially Effeto Mariposa. Pro mechanics and wheel manufacturers usually recommend glue because they think it's less likely to come unstuck in extreme heat. And they all have experience with glue, so they play safe. Everybody remembers Beloki. The mechanics are still putting on multiple coats of glue, whereas amateurs often use only one. Vittoria Mastik Pro makes life much easier for the amateur because it's very easy to remove from tyre sidewalls, brake tracks, clothing, skin etc. (You let it dry and rub it with your fingers - no solvent necessary.)

    Modern sealants are also very good, as everyone knows. So tubs are much easier to live with than they ever were. The notion that 'you can't use them if you don't have a team car' is nonsense. When you puncture, if you don't want to spend time putting sealant in, you can put your spare tub on faster than people can mend a puncture on a clincher.

    For me the reason to get back into tubs is that the rich guys are selling barely used top of the range tub wheels for rim brakes because they're switching to disc brakes. I got some Lightweight Fernweg 80s with Ceramicspeed bearings for £2,000. Just a few dozen miles on them. Not a scratch. RRP was £5600. And they take 27mm tyres. I just couldn't pass up the opportunity. I've been deeply in love with Lightweights for many years. They're easy to buy used because any damage is obvious - you can't true them. And they have a good track record for lasting for years and years and years. The tub ones are more bombproof and lighter than the clincher ones because they don't have the hooked rim.

  • Interesting! We certainly don't have to worry about extreme heat in the UK.
    As you say, changing a tub was pretty easy after you'd done it a few times and the rims are bombproof. That said, having used wider clincher rims for a few years now with wider lower pressure tyres, I've not had a single broken spoke & not needed any truing to speak of.
    I mentioned in the tyre thread that I'm using Vittoria Corsa nowadays with latex tubes and they really do feel very much like tubs. I also feel better knowing that I can be 50 odd miles from home and have enough spare tubes and patches to get me home without needing to take a huge saddlebag...

  • There is a tub thread somewhere - it used to be quite busy.

    Can’t find it now though :/

  • Pro mechanics and wheel manufacturers usually recommend glue because they think it's less likely to come unstuck in extreme heat. And they all have experience with glue.

    bingo.

    also warranty/guarantee voided if using tape.

  • Bought Schwalbe tub tape from Hub Velo in Clapton two years ago. Can confirm tape comes unglued at around 44°C, and that this is also approximately the temperature that packing peanuts melt and stick to the tyres which is a real double 'fuck you'.

    tubs thread>>>>

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Is Condor the only shop which sells tub glue?

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