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Clinchers(3 posts)

Mar 17, 2001 3:41 PM
What is ment by clinchers when refering to wheels?
re: ClinchersAkirasho
Mar 17, 2001 4:18 PM
... meaning that the tire casing has some sort of bead (usually wire or an aramid fiber) that when the tire is inflated, engages, or clinches against the rim.

Today, it is the defacto standard in bicycling... but in days gone by... tires were glued to the rim (tubulars).

Debate continues as to which is best, with some nods going to tubulars for lighter weight (no bead) and less rolling resistance (higher pressure since you can't blow the tire off the rim) and clinchers for ease of use. Of late, makers have made inroads into making clinchers that rival the best tubular tires...

Some still prefre tubulars for racing (both road and track) and some still use them for everyday use (though they are much harder (in general) to repair in case of a flat than a clincher.

Both types require their own rim design and to my knowledge are not interchangable.

Be the bike.
another definition (not wheels)derf
Mar 17, 2001 5:32 PM
Is a wicked fast descent, or a real dicey situation... that is a "clincher". It is actually somewhat descriptive.