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Clinchers vs. Tubulars(3 posts)

Clinchers vs. TubularsCurious
May 23, 2001 10:01 AM
Are tubulars any more/any less prone to flatting ?

What is the best strategy for addressing a tubular puncture while on a ride ?
Well, it all depends on the tireJon(unreg.)
May 23, 2001 10:27 AM
but I've heard that tubies are less likely to pinch-flat (since the rim has no clinchers, just gently rounded edges. I should preface this by saying that I ride clinchers, have never ridden a tubular, and most of this is regurgitated from lots of reading.
For puncture resistance, a lot depends on the tire itself. Obviously, a track tire will be a lot more likely to puncture than a true road tire, but within the road field, there's going to be lightweight choices, with a greater tendency to flat, and heavier training tires with belts or thicker casings and tread to ward off sharp objects. So, read around,check some reviews, and then buy tires based on your riding conditions and expected use. It's probably a good idea to watch an expert glue your first tubies, too, as the procedure needs to be done right for safety.
To address a puncture while riding, you need a preglued tubular with you, as no one wants to unstitch, patch, and restitch a tire, or wait for you, on the side of the road. With a spare, you just pull the airless one off, fit the preglued spare, inflate and away you go. You might save time over a clincher here. Check out some older TDF photos, and you'll see riders carrying 2 or 3 spare tires over their shoulders on the worst mountain stages.
Personally, I wouldn't make the switch, as I have 3 wheelsets for clinchers right now, and a bunch of tires, and tire technology has come quite a ways. I've raced clinchers, and the limits of cornering are my own nerve, and pedals clipping the tarmac, rather than traction. Sorry there's not more factual info here, but it;s all subjective in the end, right? Jon
re: Clinchers vs. Tubularsbslang
Jun 15, 2001 10:24 PM
When I changed from tubulars to clinchers (I rode tubulars from 1971 to 2000), I suddenly got many, many more flats. In the past six months or so, I haven't been as cursed, but the fact remains firmly implanted in my mind - tubulars are more reliable.