Tape or glue

rokt
rokt Posts: 493
edited April 2014 in Road general
This question has been asked many times, but what is the best tape or glue ?

I only ask as I'm going to get some deep section tubs for my P3 and I've only ever
used clinchers before. Any advice would be great.

Comments

  • lawrences
    lawrences Posts: 1,011
    Glue is best. But the question is can you be bothered?
  • racingcondor
    racingcondor Posts: 1,434
    Glue. It's really not difficult or messy to put on and neither glue or tape come off all that easily.
  • smoggysteve
    smoggysteve Posts: 2,909
    You can't huff tape
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,230
    I have never seen tape used professionally...
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  • mroli
    mroli Posts: 3,622
    Tape is a piece of piss though. Even I can use it and do a tyre in short order - and most people won't be putting tyres through the sort of pressure that pros do.

    I will glue when I get a free 2 seconds though....
  • markynulty
    markynulty Posts: 409
    Depends what you are using them for.

    I use mine for road racing and crits and glue them. I wouldnt feel as secure if they were taped on when going hell for leather in a descent at 50mph.
  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    I have never seen tape used professionally...

    Then again are any of us pro's?
    I use it for ease and convenience and pretty much have zero problems. I don't see a lot of difference in the end result between tape and glue and I sure DO see major differences in ease of use when applying tape as opposed to glue.
    My thinking is that the people who claim to not like tape are simply unwilling to accept new technologies or trying to appear to be "traditionalists". Which strikes me as odd, what with all the carbon stuff and electronic gear that they spend money on.
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,230
    dennisn wrote:
    I have never seen tape used professionally...

    Then again are any of us pro's?
    I use it for ease and convenience and pretty much have zero problems. I don't see a lot of difference in the end result between tape and glue and I sure DO see major differences in ease of use when applying tape as opposed to glue.
    My thinking is that the people who claim to not like tape are simply unwilling to accept new technologies or trying to appear to be "traditionalists". Which strikes me as odd, what with all the carbon stuff and electronic gear that they spend money on.

    No, on this you are barking at the wrong tree I am no PRO either, but I used tape and at the bottom of a 10% descent (3 miles or so) the valve was sitting at 45 degrees... I subsequently abandoned tape. I don't normally take a strong position just to be different... there is normally a reason... :wink:
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  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    dennisn wrote:
    I have never seen tape used professionally...

    Then again are any of us pro's?
    I use it for ease and convenience and pretty much have zero problems. I don't see a lot of difference in the end result between tape and glue and I sure DO see major differences in ease of use when applying tape as opposed to glue.
    My thinking is that the people who claim to not like tape are simply unwilling to accept new technologies or trying to appear to be "traditionalists". Which strikes me as odd, what with all the carbon stuff and electronic gear that they spend money on.

    ... but I used tape and at the bottom of a 10% descent (3 miles or so) the valve was sitting at 45 degrees... I subsequently abandoned tape. I don't normally take a strong position just to be different... there is normally a reason... :wink:

    That has not been my experience. I've ridden the Bike Tour of Colorado on tubulars more than a few times and have gone down some scary, long descents without the having the issue you describe. :wink:
  • feltkuota
    feltkuota Posts: 333
    I used to use tape and enjoyed the process. Enjoyed it right up until I got fed up of carrying a spare tub with me on a ride. Sunsequently sold all my tubs and changed all my wheels to clinchers..
  • ugo.santalucia
    ugo.santalucia Posts: 28,230
    dennisn wrote:
    That has not been my experience. I've ridden the Bike Tour of Colorado on tubulars more than a few times and have gone down some scary, long descents without the having the issue you describe. :wink:

    Maybe they stick better to some combinations of rims and tubs... I was on Nemesis and Corsa CX and it was the Velox tape. The Tufo is too expensive, you need to remortgage your house for a length of the stuff
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  • dennisn
    dennisn Posts: 10,601
    dennisn wrote:
    That has not been my experience. I've ridden the Bike Tour of Colorado on tubulars more than a few times and have gone down some scary, long descents without the having the issue you describe. :wink:

    Maybe they stick better to some combinations of rims and tubs... I was on Nemesis and Corsa CX and it was the Velox tape. The Tufo is too expensive, you need to remortgage your house for a length of the stuff

    FWIW I was running Conti Sprinters, Tufo tape, and Reflex rims.
    Tufo tape expensive? You bet. However, I look upon it as I don't spend thousands on wheels. I still ride a lugged steel frame. I don't feel the need for spending bunches on electronic gear. I don't need high end clothing to ride. All in all I use tape for a bit of convenience. Much like I use Tufo Tubular Clinchers. I see no reason to fight while mounting clinchers and see no reason to use glue over tape.
  • rokt
    rokt Posts: 493
    Thanks for the replies, I think I'll give glue a go. If I can master it, which I
    see no reason why I can't, it will be another skill I have.... :D
  • e999sam
    e999sam Posts: 426
    Only just started using tubs again on my TT bike but back in the day (80's) used tape for everything Road Racing, TT's, track and I never had a problem.
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    I use tape for my TT wheels and if I was still road racing I would use glue. Only for peace of mind though. I have used tape on some wheels for a tight circuit crit and had no issues.
  • Velonutter
    Velonutter Posts: 2,437
    For the Track I always use glue, If I was racing then would always use glue, but now on one of my road bikes I ride Bora's as I enjoy using Tubs and use tape, works fine, never had an issue, I take my time and never rush.

    Horses for courses.