What to do with singles?

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What to do with singles?

Postby guidogad » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:56 pm

Hi!
I've got a bunch of wheels today. All very good stuff from the late 70s/ early 80s. However, they are all singles. What do you think: Should I go with it and find some glue-on tyres for them or shall I find normal rims and build up with all these great dura ace and campy high flange hubs? They are all 32 holes.
What would you go?
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Postby tallywhacker » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:04 pm

I'm building up a set of tubulars for my track bike. Came across these

http://www.freewheel.com/mvw/TubularTech.htm
http://www.jimlangley.net/wrench/tubular.html
http://draco.acs.uci.edu/rbfaq/FAQ/8b.21.html

make a decision if you want to go thru this each time you have a flat on the road.
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Postby oldtimer » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:26 am

guidogad,
When I rode on singles (a few years ago) , we had double sided tape to secure (or supposedly secure) the tyre to the rim. A flat tyre could be changed quickly because the tape would retain its "stickiness" for one change of tyre. I don't know if glued singles tyres can be replaced on the road without re-gluing; if they can't you would be better off with clinchers for road use.
I thought double sided tape was obsolete but Tufo_tubs who make tubulars /singles make double sided tape for their singles. Good quality singles are about $80 to $120. I bought a pair of Conti_Giros for $40.00 because the bike I am restoring won't be going very far.

One of my wheels still has double sided tape on it which was applied in the sixties.
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