I asked my husband for a funny gluing story since I have never glued a tire... He told me he don't have any funny stories because everything he does is perfect, lol. It's nice to be married to such perfection!
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I had a Vittoria XG I was trying to get onto a Neuvation rim prior to CX Nats in early 2012. I let the tire stretch on the rim for 3 days after struggling to get it on at all and rather thought it wouldn't be a further issue --- after all, the last set of tires (some Challenge Grifos) went on fine before. So the day comes to get the tire on the wheel and I couldn't do it. I ran upstairs where my father-in-law and brother-in-law were and begged for help. So there we were: a 32-year old, a 45-year old and a 64-year old all struggling together to stretch that dang tire onto the rim. It took three grown men to get it on.I sold the tires and rims later that summer and switched to tubeless.
I live in Texas. A few years ago I was researching how to glue tubulars, specifically for our hot climate. I was worried that our hellish August weather would compromise the integrity of my glue so I was looking fore specific advice. I came across an internet blog post which talked about tubulars in Texas. Not yet 'cross season, I decided to glue some road tire on my favorite Mavics following their instructions. Their instructions were basically prep the wheel, apply a layer of glue, wait 24 hours, apply another layer, wait 24 hours, etc....for about 5 days! By the time I applied the tire there was so much glue a horse farmer would sue me! Come 'cross season, when I was ready to change tires, I went to remove the tires. Nope. Not happening. I'm still riding those tires!
One time I glued tubulars with Mastik 1 while trying not to get high with Ron Burgandy! http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m9snonDHBV1r9lwyd.jpg
Many years ago i glued on a very good friend of mine`s tubulars, however for some reason unknown to me at the time the glue had not soaked into the base tape. He trained on them for a couple of weeks but had never cornered in anger, you may see where this is going... he was racing the race before mine and I was on the drop away hard left with high curbs when i saw his tire roll, he almost managed to save it hopped the curb, but lost it on the landing, only a couple days off work for him and the skin grew back, funny I never saw him much after that, good times, good times.
I remember when I was first learning how to mount tubulars that I glued my shirt to my jeans as I was wrestling the tire onto the sticky rim . I caught hell from my wife for ruining my clothes.
A few years back, myself and a LBS were looking for an easier way to glue up tires. We never really had luck with glue, just tape, but we were determined. I suggested Tyvex paper, but we didn't want to buy an entire roll, so we had what we thought at the time was a bright idea. Lets go find a house under construction, sneak over at night and steal a small piece. So we did, but then got stopped and questioned by the cops.... Fortunately the officer was a mountain biker and let us all go with a warning, but it could of ended a whole lot worse. As for the Tyvex, it was hit or miss. Sometimes it would peel off nicely, other times we would fight it.
There are no favorite gluing stories ... that is why everyone is always looking for next alternative (tubeless right now). But we keep coming back ...
Okay, my only funny gluing story happened 20+ years ago as a friend of mine and I were gluing up some wheels. Using the truing stand I was spinning the wheel a bit faster than I should (or maybe the glue was a bit more liquid). He had his back to me painting the tubulars we were prepping ... the glue stream was hitting him directly on the seat of his pants giving him a glue skid mark. Once I noticed I couldn't stop doing it ...