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Difference between Tubular, Clincher and any others(3 posts)

Difference between Tubular, Clincher and any othersfortuj
Oct 23, 2003 8:11 PM
This might be a really lame question, I'm a Mt. Biker and just bought a road bike. I'm new to the road bike lingo, but learning quickly. What is the difference between "Tubular, Clincher, Sewn-on", I think that's all of them. I just bought a Cannondale R600. Mt. bikes we got the "Tubes" and we got the "Tubeless".
Thanks in advance.
~Jim
Hey- wlecome to the "dark" side. ;-)MXL02
Oct 24, 2003 3:16 AM
Your question is a fairly common one...if you use the search feature on the board you will find numerous threads explaining the difference...basically clinchers are like your MTB tires...a lip or bead on the tire holds it to the rim. Tubulars are the same as sewups...the inner part of the tire is sewn together, holding the tube internally, then this construct is glued to the rim. In general, tubulars are higher maintenance and very difficult to change on the road if you have a flat. The performance difference may be important for high end racers and pros, but for the average roadie, it isn't enough to warrant the extra hassle. Most just ride clinchers.
PS- Use www.sheldonbrown.com as a good info source. Good luck
Thanks...fortuj
Oct 24, 2003 6:13 AM
An absolute perfect explanation, just what I needed. And thanks for the website info.