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Wheels(8 posts)

Sep 25, 2002 7:32 AM
I am new to the sport of cycling, and I don't understand the difference between clincher and tubular wheels. Could somebody please fill me in.
I did a search for you...biknben
Sep 25, 2002 7:57 AM
Someone asked the same question a few weeks ago.

Look here:
babalo "Difference in tubular, clinchers and sewups" 8/13/02 10:58am
Clincher rim....Dave Hickey
Sep 25, 2002 8:10 AM
Notice how the rim has a lip for the tire bead to fit under. This type requires seperate tubes and tires
Tubular rim..Dave Hickey
Sep 25, 2002 8:12 AM
The rim is smooth and requires a combination tire/tube to be glued on.
re: WheelsPBWatson
Sep 25, 2002 8:41 AM
I've never used tubulars but, it seems to me that the only time you might want to use tubulars is during races with a support crew that has extra wheels for you. Otherwise if you get a flat your pretty much done for. Also I would be pretty nervous of the tire rolling off the rim on a corner. Unless you really know what your doing when glueing it all together.
Not that big a deal...just different...biknben
Sep 25, 2002 9:18 AM
A tubular isn't that big a deal. I ride them for rides other than racing. You carry a folded spare tire under your seat in case of a flat. If you happen to get one you just tear off the old tire and put on the spare. You preglue the spare so you don't have to glue it in the field.

The chances of roll-off are slim. Faulty glue job or really old glue is most likely to blame. But yes...when it happens, it's not pretty.
re: FlatsJimP
Sep 25, 2002 4:33 PM
What is the difference between a flat on a clincher and a flat on a tubular? You are out of the race while you change the tire. Also, you have a much greater chance of having the clincher come off of the rim when you have a flat than a tubular. Why do you think that most of the pro teams use tubulars? Lighter weight, better handling, greater security when a flat occurs.
short and sweet....Steve_0
Sep 25, 2002 9:03 AM
clinchers are the tires youre used to....the ones you grew up with that has a seperate tire and tube. They are held onto the rim via the tire bead and air pressure.

Tubulars are an integrate tire/tube combination, where the tube is actually sewn into the tire. They are held onto the rim via glue.