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Advantage of tubulars VS clinchers?(11 posts)

Advantage of tubulars VS clinchers?Adamz
Jul 17, 2001 8:41 PM

can someone tell me what the advantage of tubular wheels VS clinchers are?

re: Advantage of tubulars VS clinchers?d_alex
Jul 18, 2001 4:04 AM
Softer ride, lower weight of tyre, lower weight of rim, quicker tyre-changes on the road, lower frequency of pinch-flats, lower frequency of flats in general, higher pressures possible resulting in lower friction.
re: Advantage of tubulars VS clinchers?Charlie The Fred
Jul 18, 2001 4:46 AM
Aren't clinchers easier to change on the road than tubulars since there's now sewing or gluing of the tyre after the flat is fixed?

From what I've been told by friends who race a lot, tubulars are "better" than clinchers for all the above reasons except the tyre change one.
I don't sew on the road..........d_alex
Jul 18, 2001 7:06 AM
and neither does anybody else I know. You put on your SPARE, then fix the tyre when you get home. My spare has already been glued on the backside ahead of time (for this job, Tubasti seems best), then folded, and put into my wedge bag.
When I get a flat on the road, I peel the tyre off the rim (takes maybe 1 minute, if the glue is really set), stretch the spare on (takes less than 1 minute), pump to 40 psig, set the tyre straight around the rim, then inflate fully (usually 135 psig).
The whole thing can be done in 3 minutes, no tools required.
I don't sew on the road..........jim hubbard
Jul 18, 2001 11:29 AM
I if it takes you a minute to get a tire off with to levers by hand. It shows that they are not glued on properly. When I glue my tires on I have to use some form of lever to get them off again. I am by no means weak in hand strength either. But if you can get them off by hand then they are not properly glued.
And if your spare flats?Racer-X
Jul 18, 2001 7:05 PM
I don't know about you, but I have gotten more than one flat on a ride before. With clinchers, you patch and go. With tubulars, you walk.
you forget... tubulars hardly ever flat.... ;) nmJohnG
Jul 18, 2001 7:29 PM
not trueColnagoFE
Jul 19, 2001 7:23 AM
if you run over a piece of glass you'll flat whether on a tubie or a clincher.
see my topic.... ;)JohnG
Jul 19, 2001 8:55 PM
LOL when I see someone say their tubies hardly ever flat.

carry 2 spares for long ridesRusty McNasty
Jul 19, 2001 3:58 AM
and/or a patch kit. If you really have to, you can fix 'em on the side of the road. A tubular patch kit isn't very big.
BTW, I can mount and dismount with my bare hands, even stiff new continentals. It ain't easy, but any properly glued tubular can be hand removed with a little perserverance. You should never use a lever on a tubular. Never.
Sheldon BrownDog
Jul 22, 2001 11:58 AM