Thanks for your answer!
I have mended tubulars before and have all paraphernalia to it, but sure do not "want" to practice and wouldn´t to rescue a normal one. For a CdM yes, but this one was beyond rescue.
My problem is more an ethical one. I see this tubular as a true classic item and it dawned to me that it might be one of a very - very - small number remaining in the world. Maybe I should preserve it for its historical value? (Something very different from it´s commercial value, I don´t expect to do any money from it.)
So the principal question remains: when is a classical item so rare that the remaining ones shouldn´t really be used, but preserved for posterity? And do the CdMs fall into the classical category?
Olof "doesn´t know whether his stoopid or not" Stroh
> Saturday the rear blew - see bottles above - yesterday I glued the very last
> one on the rim, using Clements original opaque red glue of course. It looks
> beautiful. In fact it would tear my heart to abuse it like wont.
> Shall I play hard and decide that they were built to use or shall I get the
> new rims,hang rim and tubular on my livingroom wall (can´t be many pristine
> CdMs left) and settle to a life on clinchers?
I think now that you've glued them on, might as well ride them and enjoy them instead of watching them rot. You'd have to tear them off the rims to remove the spokes anyway.
Tires and gum rubber brake hoods have to be the hardest thing to keep good on a bike. Unless you put them a way in a cold dark freezer maybe. Of course if you still have some of the old flatted tires maybe you want to practice tubular repair?