Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

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Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby Sammyw23 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:50 am

Do you carry any p******e repair like sealant or spare tub on longer TTs?

Just started TT'ing and considering some Planet X deep rim tubs. Happy to carry nothing on a 10 mile TT as worst case you are 5 miles from home/car which worst case can be walked but a bit nervous at the idea of being 12.5 miles away on a 25 mile TT with a flat.
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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby estampida » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:57 am

spare wheels are on the support car.....

or the mavic car

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby danowat » Thu Jul 19, 2012 11:21 am

Sammyw23 wrote:Do you carry any p******e repair like sealant or spare tub on longer TTs?


Nope, I TT on tubs, without spares or sealant for distances up to, and including, 100 miles, although my "sag wagon" carries spare wheels for a 12hr.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby GBY73 » Thu Jul 19, 2012 21:04 pm

I race time trials on tubs and don't carry any spares, though poss should on longer opens. If it's my club's event I can rely on someone looking for me if I don't appear at the finish.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby SBezza » Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:59 pm

I race on tubs and clinchers and don't carry spares, if I puncture, it is either a long walk back or getting a lift with a kind marshall. Even a 12 hour will just be a phone and hope I can get through the the helper to find me with a spare wheel.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby Dess1e » Fri Jul 20, 2012 14:11 pm

Normally possible to ride (slowly) back to the HQ on a punctured tub. Sealant is normally a wast of time is useless at race pressures or if the puncture hole is more than a couple of microns in diameter.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby markos1963 » Sat Jul 21, 2012 20:54 pm

It's a race, I take my chance. If not then where does it end? Spare tyres, chain in case it snaps, spare cleats, spare bearings? Most TTs you are never far away from your start point or a fellow racer who will come and pick you up after they have finished.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby sub55 » Sun Jul 22, 2012 18:40 pm

Dess1e wrote:Normally possible to ride (slowly) back to the HQ on a punctured tub. Sealant is normally a wast of time is useless at race pressures or if the puncture hole is more than a couple of microns in diameter.


i ruined £1000 worth of carbon disc by doing that. don't do it, walk
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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby Dess1e » Mon Jul 23, 2012 07:44 am

sub55 wrote:
Dess1e wrote:Normally possible to ride (slowly) back to the HQ on a punctured tub. Sealant is normally a wast of time is useless at race pressures or if the puncture hole is more than a couple of microns in diameter.


i ruined £1000 worth of carbon disc by doing that. don't do it, walk

Should have got a Bora instead then :wink:

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby ShavenLegs » Mon Jul 23, 2012 14:08 pm

I don't carry spares in a race, there is almost always someone who'll come and pick you up if you puncture. I've only had one puncture in 4 years of TT'ing on tubs; might just be luck. When they do puncture you can still ride on them with care - managed 4 miles back to a race HQ with no rim damage.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby AngryNortherner » Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:48 am

I use a Specialized Aero bottle as a Toolkit (I have a Specialized Transition which is alledgedly faster with the bottle) - right now I just stick my mini pump, keys and some of those self adhesive tube patches in there. The idea I had is that I can bodge the tyre with enough air (stopping frequently to top up) to get me back to the car.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby Pilot Pete » Fri Jul 27, 2012 17:23 pm

Just get an understanding wife....oh, and it helps greatly if you get your 14yr old son to do some TTing with you as the missus then views it as quality dad/ son bonding time and will always come out if he makes the phone call!!!! :wink:

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby RPD Steve » Mon Aug 06, 2012 13:08 pm

I dont understand why it isn't worth carrying a can of pit stop for the 60g it weighs, as 70% of the time it will have you on your way with only a min lost. You wont be wining the TT or setting a personal best, but does save a SOS call!

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby Matt the Tester » Tue Aug 07, 2012 15:08 pm

its not just about the time your losing, it's a motivation thing as well! i dont carry anything on TT's if i puncture my race is over.

walk back if punctured!
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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby danowat » Tue Aug 07, 2012 19:38 pm

RPD Steve wrote:I dont understand why it isn't worth carrying a can of pit stop for the 60g it weighs, as 70% of the time it will have you on your way with only a min lost. You wont be wining the TT or setting a personal best, but does save a SOS call!


Because it's shoot, in the two times I've used it, it hasn't worked.

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby RPD Steve » Tue Aug 07, 2012 21:11 pm

Really? Guess its a bit hit and miss. Worked 3/3 for me. But also carry a tub/co2 in a camera case in pocket for the 250g it weights. I get the motivation thing though- its just for me I'd feel even worse if i had to walk for a few miles watching others ride by!

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby markos1963 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 18:47 pm

RPD Steve wrote:I dont understand why it isn't worth carrying a can of pit stop for the 60g it weighs, as 70% of the time it will have you on your way with only a min lost. You wont be wining the TT or setting a personal best, but does save a SOS call!



Not the easiest thing to carry in a skin suit though

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby Churchill123 » Tue Sep 04, 2012 16:16 pm

AngryNortherner wrote:I use a Specialized Aero bottle as a Toolkit (I have a Specialized Transition which is alledgedly faster with the bottle) - right now I just stick my mini pump, keys and some of those self adhesive tube patches in there. The idea I had is that I can bodge the tyre with enough air (stopping frequently to top up) to get me back to the car.



Never thought of that before! - Such a simple but effective idea... Always seems a shame to put a saddle bag on a pretty looking Italian bike! But a tool kit within a bottle obviously doesn't effect the aesthetics so much!

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby IGH » Wed Sep 05, 2012 22:26 pm

I use a tiny under-seat pack on long TTs, but it's to carry a phone to call support. Touring or audax on the other hand I try to be self-sufficient (and I'm not on tubs then).

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Re: Question for those TT'ing on Tubs

Postby disgruntledgoat » Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:02 am

danowat wrote:
RPD Steve wrote:I dont understand why it isn't worth carrying a can of pit stop for the 60g it weighs, as 70% of the time it will have you on your way with only a min lost. You wont be wining the TT or setting a personal best, but does save a SOS call!


Because it's shoot, in the two times I've used it, it hasn't worked.


This.

I've used that stuff 4 times and it's completely failed all 4.
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