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clinchers vs. tubulars(4 posts)

clinchers vs. tubularsWanda
Aug 10, 2001 5:54 AM
I am new to the sport. What are the differences between clincher wheels and tubular?
Your feedback is greatly appreciated.
re: clinchers vs. tubularsdug
Aug 10, 2001 6:49 AM
clinchers are defined by a tire and a seperate inner tube. The 'bead' of the tire is either steel or 'wire' (kevlar). The bead (when the tube is inflated) is forced into a mating shallow groove on the inner wall of the rim, "clinching" it onto the wheel. Steel bead are heavier and non-folding. Wire bead tires are considered higher performance, are lighter and fold up easy making them easy to carry around. Flats are easy to repair because the inner tube easy to remove and patch. Tubulars have an inner tube sewn up inside the casing. They are often called "sew ups". You can't see the stiching because it is covered by cloth tape. Tubulars are literally glued onto the rim. Generally considered high performance. They are expensive and difficult to repair should they flat. Alot of riders will train on clinchers and race on Tubulars. Clinchers have come a long way in the last decade and rival tubulars in pereformance & price. Both come in a wide variety of widths, tread design, & price.
Aug 10, 2001 8:45 AM
before it gets out of hand!!!!!!
Aug 10, 2001 8:53 AM
be sure to get a brooks saddle! kill youself