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@cyclocross I note your points and understand your reasoning. I think though that you can get the "fill" you're looking for and avoid dry spots by doing the job well - multiple thin layers of glue (and I agree that Mastik One is the best). I also think it is VERY important to work the glue into the fabric of the base tape with a tooth brush rather than just smearing it on with your finger. Otherwise you'll have less-than-optimal adhesion whether you're using "Belgian tape" or doing it the old-fashioned way. Kind regards.
2 years, 4 months ago on Mechanical Monday: Re-gluing Tubulars
I've never understood the reasoning behind "The Belgian Way". Today's "Mechanical Monday" story reinforces my skepticism and doesn't change my mind in the least about the pointlessness of sandwiching tape between two layers of glue and expecting that it somehow magically enhances the bond between tire and rim . As I understand it, the "Belgian Way" means you put a layer of Mastik One on the rim, then the Belgian Tape, then mores Mastik One on the tape then Mastik One on the base tape of the tubular. Then you put it all together. To me that seems the Mastik One is doing all the heavy lifting and the "Belgian Tape" is doing....what? In my view, Belgian Tape does nothing except make the removal and re-gluing process that much more tedious because you've got to remove the tape. I've glued hundreds of tubular tires for over 30 years and I've never rolled one. The secret is using several thin layers of glue and making sure that the glue is worked into the fabric of the base tape (I use an old toothbrush). Sandwiching a strip of tape between two layers of glue is the equivalent of sprinkling chicken blood.