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MPH74 said:
how long does it take fix a flat on a tubular tire for an average cyclist (i.e., not a mechanic but rather a cyclist just beginning to use tubulars). i assume it takes a lot longer than fixing a clincher flat - 5-8 minutes if you patch and 2-3 minutes if you just use a new tube. thanks.
I have been riding tubulars for at least 15 years. That is all I ride period
It takes about 2-3 minutes to change & air up with Co2 for the front & maybe a minute ot two longer for the back to deal with the chain etc.
No biggie at all. My riding partner on the other hand takes quite a bit longer to change his tube in his clinchers. I think your off a bit on your clincher tube change times.
Most folks who change a tube in a clincher are going to inspect the inside of the case a bit so as not to puncture the new tube...not to mention opening & closing the tire bead.

Let me put it this way........I am 100% sure I can change a tubbie faster than he can change a tube in a clincher ;)
 

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MPH74 said:
thanks very much. how long does it take to fix the flat. let's say you have a $60 new tubular with a gash... how do you fix that other that sealant (hole too big for sealant)? can you patch it up from the inside. do you unsew it and fix it and then resew? what is the procedure to fix the hole and how long does that take? thanks!
Oh...........gash = trash ;)

A puncture perhaps 30 minutes & yes it is a unsew fix tube & resew.... but to tell you the truth I guess I am pretty lucky because I average 2000 miles per tire & usuually change due to wear not flats.
I think it is a combination of good roads & care. Mainly keep pumped to 110-120 psi before a ride & brush the tire with my glove immediately if I ride thru some glass.

I have not repaired a tubbie in years
 
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