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Yikes. I'm going to start gluing up my first set of tubulars tomorrow and I think I've got it figured for the most part, not that it will make it go any easier. I was wondering though if it's necessary to clean the base tape? They're new tires, and pretty clean already, but I've read that some people suggest it. If so, what's the best thing to use?

Also, after applying the first layer of glue to the tires is it best to let them dry inflated or deflated? I don't have an extra set of rims to stretch them on after gluing, but they have been stretching on the rims they're going on for several days. Thanks for any advice.
 

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best to let the tires dry

on a clean rim
glue makes the tire shrink and harder to mount

I have rims that I use for nothing other than keeping tires stretched

I don't think cleaning new base tape is needed
 

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The basetape is going to shrink post-glue no matter how much they have been stretched pre-glue. Even if you have to use a set of clincher rims to re-stretch the tires after they have been glued and are dry, I'd recommend that. It will reduce your use of curses and pleading when mounting significantly.
 
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