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Clincher /Tubular Diffrence?(5 posts)

Clincher /Tubular Diffrence?
May 27, 2001 8:07 PM
Whats the diffrence in the two? How do you mount them? Do you use diffrent tubes?

re: Clincher /Tubular Diffrence?GregJ
May 28, 2001 12:03 AM
Tubulars have the tube incorporated into the casing of the tire and must be glued onto a tubular rim. Clinchers have a wire or kevlar bead which seats against the wall of the clincher rim and is held in place by the pressure of the tube which is completely removable from the tire. Most everyone is riding clinchers these days and if you do not know the differences between these tires, you should be too.
re: Clincher /Tubular Diffrence?wjudd
May 28, 2001 6:46 AM
For years tubulars (sew-ups) were considered required for racing as they and their rims were much lighter than clincher set-ups. Also the quality sew-ups with silk or hand sewn cotton cases gave a ride quality especially on a top-end steel frame that couldn't be found elsewhere.

Nowadays the gap has closed in weight and ride esp. since steel isn't the only frame out there anymore. Though I'm pretty sure the European pelotons still use them. Sew-ups have always been an iffy choice for general riding. Remember the pros have equipment cars behind them and just swap out wheels when they puncture. Compared to replacing tubes it is easier to do a roadside sew-up change but you have to be carrying extra sew-ups with you and they don't fit into saddle bags easily. To actually repair a punctured sew-up is an ordeal that requires needle and thread. They aren't cheap either.

Despite that riding sew-ups is kinda cool and if you get a chance to sometime go for it. But I'll bet that, like me, your tubular wheels will spend more time hanging in the garage than they do on the road.
Check out the number of pros using Axial Pros...vram
May 29, 2001 12:37 AM
There are quite a few pro riders in the peloton who ride Michelin Axial Pros (clinchers) in races. Paris Roubaix is a good example. However, in recent times I have frequently seen Axial Pros being used byPros in other races too. The green and black tires of the axial pros are distinctive and just keep your eyes open when flipping thru cycling mags or watching OLN.
re: Clincher /Tubular Diffrence?revitup
May 28, 2001 12:34 PM
I know only one person who consistently rides with tubulars and he is a coach who is a traditionalist and will not change. Tubulars and clinchers are worlds apart. For every day riding you should definitely stick with clinchers. Tubulars are great for racing but they require a great deal of preparation before use - stretching the tire over the rim for a day, a lengthy glue process, waiting overnight for the glue to dry. Imagine getting a flat on a trianing ride...