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Jun 1, 2002 4:35 PM
hi, i am new to road biking and would like to know what a clincher wheel is? also, what other kinds of wheels are there? are certain wheels better for certain kinds of riding. your reply is greatly appreciated.
re: wheelsroadcyclist
Jun 2, 2002 9:52 AM
A clincher is a standard wheel with a tire AND a tube.
Advantage - easier to repair, generally less $$.

A tubular (or sew-up) is a tire with the tube sewn inside it that is glued to the rim.
Advantage - less weight, better "feel".

As a general rule - they are NOT interchangeable!

Most roadies (with the possible exception of racer-types) ride clinchers as the weight differences have dropped considerabely in recent years.