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VERY basic tire/wheel questions(5 posts)

VERY basic tire/wheel questionsdave11
Feb 5, 2003 10:00 AM
I have always trained and raced on clinchers, and am considering tubulars. I have never ridden them, and don't know too much about the pro's and cons. Do people who use tubulars only use for racing? I am in the process of getting a new bike and am trying to decide which way to go. I have a set of 1-year old ksyriums in good shape I could train on. Should I get a new set of clinchers or go tubular?

Any information on the performance difference? How about frequency of flats?

re: VERY basic tire/wheel questionsJimP
Feb 5, 2003 11:18 AM
Contrary to what some responses will be, I have had fewer flats with the tubulars. I ride the bike with tubulars about 3000 miles per year and prefer the feel of the tubulars. Also, my Nimble wheels were not available in clincher form when I bought them 5 years ago. The tubulars are questionably lighter but the rim is considerable lighter which gives the tubular wheel a quicker feel with less rotational weight. Some will say the tubulars are too expensive but I just checked with SDeals and their Conti Sprinters are $28.64 plus shipping. Good luck on your decision.
re: VERY basic tire/wheel questionsatpjunkie
Feb 5, 2003 11:41 AM
tubie rims by design (closed circle so to speak) are also stronger and less likely to go out of true. You also get the benefit of running tubie tyres which will have higher psi, more supple casings (usually) which produce an overall better/faster ride. To avoid flats buy Tufos which are tubeless and you use their anti flat goo. It adds weight but considering you have no tube weight it amounts to about the same.
Little incentive for tubularsKerry Irons
Feb 5, 2003 6:54 PM
Given that you have a good set of new wheels, there is very little incentive for you to move to tubulars. Some claim a better ride, many can't tell the difference, and anyone who says there is a significant improvement (especially at equal $$) is into self delusion. Switching to tubulars will not win you races or up your average speed. Why do you want to make the change? The percentage of riders on tubulars continues to drop, and therefore the relative cost will continue to rise while availability drops (as it as done for the past 10 years). I'm not saying tubulars are bad (though I've never regretted switching after 30 years on tubulars) but I am saying that they offer little improvement in performance.
Feb 6, 2003 5:19 AM
Tubulars are light and ride nicely at high speed, but now there are clinchers that are indistinguishable to me unless I'm really leaning on a curve. For me, the best part about my experience with tubulars was learning how to be careful about avoiding flats.