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tubular or clincher?(12 posts)

tubular or clincher?markc826
Jul 18, 2001 4:03 AM
A newbie question here....
What are the pros and cons between riding tubular vs. clincher?
clinchers suck. tubulars rule. (nm)d_alex
Jul 18, 2001 7:19 AM
Jul 18, 2001 7:50 AM
such a simple answer shows you just have no grasp of the topic
YOU ARE!!!d_alex
Jul 18, 2001 9:43 AM
see my responses to his cross-posting in the "components" board. And get your head out of your @$$, fool!
NO, YOU ARE!!!Alex D
Jul 18, 2001 10:59 AM
Don't be a jackass... d'ohh! too late!
YOU BOTH ARE!!!Rusty McNasty
Jul 19, 2001 10:43 AM
For what it's worth, tubulars are preferred by MANY people. They give a ride which no clincher can match.
Now, stop swinging your purses at each other and sit down!
if you are a newbieColnagoFE
Jul 18, 2001 10:10 AM
i'd go clincher. tubies are good for racing IMO but too big of a hassle for daily riding though i realize others will disagree w/ me here. and you can flat on them. just this weekend i came upon someone struggling to change a tire in heavy rain. he'd just gotten a new set of zipp 404s and never changed a tubie before. luckily he had a spare tire with him and had an inkling of how to get it on the rim or he'd have been walking.
Check out this link or do a search in the archives...biknben
Jul 18, 2001 10:25 AM
You could write a book on this topic. Check out the link to get started then do a search and see what else you can find.

FWIW: I ride on Tubulars full-time.
boils down to this...Dog
Jul 18, 2001 11:11 AM
I see this issue sort of this way. If you have to ask, use clinchers.

Tubulars have their place with racers, on wheels that will only use tubulars (all carbon rims), and for old timers and purists that have good luck with few flats and "just like them."

Otherwise, tubulars are a hassle that you really don't want to mess with.

Disclosure: I have both, but use clinchers 99% of the time.

I'll second thatMike K
Jul 18, 2001 12:45 PM
I have both - and I think that Doug hit the nail right on the head in the post above...
Tubulars are a pain in the a$$, and lately their advantages (if any) are becoming less and less noticible.
Third hereDINOSAUR
Jul 19, 2001 6:46 AM
There isn't that much difference with the new age clinchers and tubulars.

It boils down to getting a flat and just stopping, pulling the tire off , replacing the tube, inflating the tire and you are on your way.
The tubie requires you to pack an extra tire, peel of the flattened tubie, replace it with the new one and then when you finish your ride you have to spend about a half hour or more repairing the puncture and dealing with a needle and thread and messey glue. Another advantage of tubies is high psi and they don't blow of the rim if you have a blow out.

I loved the ride of tubies, but that was a long time ago. The disadvantages outweigh the advantages for me, IMHO. Tubies are mostly for racing...
Sheldon Brown, Sheldon Brown, Sheldon BrownDog
Jul 20, 2001 9:16 AM
Sheldon's site should be linked to the top of this page. Here is some authoritative information:

I suggest to anyone to read absolutely everything at his site. He may not always be right, or you may not agree, but he certainly seems to speak from knowledge and experience.