Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 43
  1. #1
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,248
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Tubular pro's and cons

    I was thinking of getting a second set of wheels. Are there any pro's or cons to tubulars from a dedicated clincher guy for the last 30 years.

    Tim
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Sew ups handle better at extremes because the sidewalls are much more flexible than clinchers, its easier to change a flat on the road with sew-ups, which you will probably have to do since they tend to flat more.

    They are a pain to glue on and trying to repair one is like doing exploratory surgery on a snake.

  3. #3
    Senior Member juicemouse's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    Happy Valley
    Posts
    813
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho
    ... and trying to repair one is like doing exploratory surgery on a snake.

    It is my belief that every person in this world has something to teach, and everything to learn.

    In memory of Jim Price (aka. sydney) ...

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    1,464
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho
    Sew ups handle better at extremes because the sidewalls are much more flexible than clinchers, its easier to change a flat on the road with sew-ups, which you will probably have to do since they tend to flat more.

    They are a pain to glue on and trying to repair one is like doing exploratory surgery on a snake.


    Could you expand on your statement that tubulars flat more often. I ride both and see the this as a tire specific issue not a design difference issue. In my reading I believe one of the reasons Lance likes Tubulars is they flat less often.

  5. #5
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,248
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So does that mean tubulars are or aren't easy to change on the road? Are they more or less prone to flats? Thanks
    Tim
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  6. #6
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Minnesota
    Posts
    415
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Pro; lighter system, gives you the right to act like bike snob.

    Cons;
    more work to install, way more work to install correctly. Tendency to come off while riding. Expensive. Usually more trouble to patch than it's worth-again, expensive. Gives you the right to act like a bike snob.

  7. #7
    Senior Member peripatetic's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2004
    Location
    NYC
    My Bikes
    All 70s and 80s, only steel.
    Posts
    2,124
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    See the sticky in Classic & Vintage for a thorough explanation of tubular tires. I just put my first pair on some wheels I have, and I have to say that they just seem more...substantial. Or deluxe. Anyway, like I said, check out the C & V sticky thread.

  8. #8
    Just ride :-D rjtokyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Tokyo
    My Bikes
    Anchor RFX-8 full carbon climber, Pedal Force QS2 Carbon Monocoque road bike, Bertoni Nuovitalia road bike, Performance X203 cross bike
    Posts
    571
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    So does that mean tubulars are or aren't easy to change on the road? Are they more or less prone to flats? Thanks
    Tim
    Hey cs1- I ride clinchers on my training bike (Michelin Carbons) and tubulars on my race bike (Vittoria Corsa Evo CX). Tubulars as a whole are definitely LESS likely to flat than clinchers, and never get pinch flats like clinchers do. In the age-old tubular/clincher debate, even though clinchers have a number of pluses over tubulars, that they generally flat more than tubulars is a given.

    Are they harder to change on the road? Once you get used to it, you can change a flatted tubular faster than a clincher.

    Cheers! - RJ

  9. #9
    Videre non videri
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Gothenburg, Sweden
    My Bikes
    1 road bike (simple, light), 1 TT bike (could be more aero, could be lighter), 1 all-weather commuter and winter bike, 1 Monark 828E ergometer indoor bike
    Posts
    3,204
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    And apparently, unless you use hard glue, they don't even have a lower rolling resistance than good clinchers. There's a chart from a test out there somewhere, where this is pointed out.

  10. #10
    cs1
    cs1 is offline
    Senior Member cs1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    Clev Oh
    My Bikes
    Specialized, Schwinn
    Posts
    6,248
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    RJ thanks for the info.

    Tim
    1999 Waterford RSE-11, 1995 Waterford 1200, 1989 Specialized Rockhopper Comp
    1989 Raleigh Technium, 1989 Schwinn Traveler, 1986 Specialized Rockhopper
    1984 Specialized Stumpjumper, 1986 Specialized Stumpjumper and just way too many projects to list.

  11. #11
    Just ride :-D rjtokyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Tokyo
    My Bikes
    Anchor RFX-8 full carbon climber, Pedal Force QS2 Carbon Monocoque road bike, Bertoni Nuovitalia road bike, Performance X203 cross bike
    Posts
    571
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by CdCf
    And apparently, unless you use hard glue, they don't even have a lower rolling resistance than good clinchers. There's a chart from a test out there somewhere, where this is pointed out.
    Right... and you don't want to be using the hard track glue unless you're on a track because if you have to change a flat it isn't going to stick. With the technology of top-of-the-line clinchers pretty advanced now, the rolling resistance issue is pretty much a non-issue with the numbers being so close. There is however, a ride quality issue that comes into play. A top quality tub like Veloflex Servizio, Vittoria Corsa, etc. has such a nice supple ride that I find them more comfortable to ride at 140 psi than an equivalent clincher at 120 psi. I'm not say the rolling resistance is lower at 140 psi, that's debatable, but I think it's a more responsive ride while still being comfortable.

    cs1- No problem . If you get a chance, try some... you might really like them... I do.

    Cheers! - RJ

  12. #12
    Always find my way home
    Join Date
    Dec 2005
    Location
    Kankakee, IL
    My Bikes
    Madone, 8500
    Posts
    190
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Maybe its my ignorance, but unless you have a support vehicle to change out that tub wheel for a new one, or you just slip on the new tire without fresh adhesive (increasing poss. of tire slipping off), how can it be faster to change than a clicher? I dont doubt the superior ride quality overall, but lets not overstate the case for tubulars in other areas.

  13. #13
    Resident Old Fart Olebiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    My Bikes
    Douglas Precision Ti
    Posts
    1,299
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by rjtokyo
    Tubulars as a whole are definitely LESS likely to flat than clinchers, and never get pinch flats like clinchers do.
    My experience is not the same as yours. I rode tubulars from 1975 until 1989. Since then I have been riding clinchers. I have never had a pinch flat or a snakebite flat on a clincher tire on a road bike. I have never had as many flats on my clinchers as I had on tubulars. I was thrilled when I was able to ditch those bad boys and concentrate on riding rather than babying my Clements.
    Wag more, bark less

  14. #14
    Just ride :-D rjtokyo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2003
    Location
    Tokyo
    My Bikes
    Anchor RFX-8 full carbon climber, Pedal Force QS2 Carbon Monocoque road bike, Bertoni Nuovitalia road bike, Performance X203 cross bike
    Posts
    571
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by mactheknife68
    Maybe its my ignorance, but unless you have a support vehicle to change out that tub wheel for a new one, or you just slip on the new tire without fresh adhesive (increasing poss. of tire slipping off), how can it be faster to change than a clicher? I dont doubt the superior ride quality overall, but lets not overstate the case for tubulars in other areas.
    Hey mactheknife68- You're right, you don't want to slip on an unglued tire, but it doesn't have to be "fresh" adhesive. I pre-glue a spare and then after it dries for 24 hrs. fold it up base-to-base and carry it with me. If I flat, I'll peel up the flat with a tire lever, slap on the pre-glued spare, a quick inflate with a CO2 cartridge and I'm good to go. There's enough glue on the rim to bond to the pre-glued spare. I just don't go bombing down any technical descents the rest of the day. But that is a minus of tubs- you need to carry a spare tire. It's obviously a lot easier to carry a patch kit for clinchers.

    Cheers! - RJ

  15. #15
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley
    Could you expand on your statement that tubulars flat more often. I ride both and see the this as a tire specific issue not a design difference issue. In my reading I believe one of the reasons Lance likes Tubulars is they flat less often.
    To tell the truth, I haven't ridden sew-ups in a while, but when I did, I always rode the cheapies and they tended to flat often, one of the main reasons I went to clinchers. I ended up carrying two spares because once I flatted twice on the same ride.

    So if you say theres good sew-ups out there that don't flat often, I may go back to them, love the way they ride and ease of fixing flats.

  16. #16
    Resident Old Fart Olebiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2004
    Location
    Tallahassee, FL
    My Bikes
    Douglas Precision Ti
    Posts
    1,299
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho
    So if you say theres good sew-ups out there that don't flat often, I may go back to them, love the way they ride and ease of fixing flats.
    Ease of fixing flats? You must be better than me at sewing them back up after patching the tube.
    Wag more, bark less

  17. #17
    sch
    sch is offline
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Birmingham. AL
    Posts
    2,599
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    My experience matches San Rensho and Ole biker. I found a diary I started back when I first began riding 10spds recently, had a Peugeot PX 10 and god were there a lot of flats. I rode $6-12 tubulars mostly, variety of Hutchinsons (which I avoided as much as possible), Vittorias and Clement 50s and 1-2 flats/month or every 250-400mi was typical. I saved the Crit Setas for races so my experience with silks was not much. Some months were 3-4 flats, some only 1 but they were a lot more common than my current experience with clinchers (measured per year not per month).
    Steve

  18. #18
    RidesOldTrek
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    (original owner) 1976 Trek TX500 frame with a variety of 70's & early 80's parts, 1989 Schwinn Paramount, generic moutain bike
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Except for some of the opinions on ride quality, my experience with sew-ups is similar to sch, San Rensho, and Olebiker. I have never been a racer, but I used them for loaded touring and all-purpose riding over just about every type of surface, for about 10 years. I rode cheapies. I think that if you're unlucky enough to get really good (nearly professional-level) at changing tires, then you will be able to change them fast enough whether it's a tubular or clincher, but if you want to get good at changing tires, then you should definitely ride sew-ups. I was pretty good at changing sew-ups, but haven't gotten as good at changing clinchers. Hmm.. I switched to clinchers because I was tired of the hassle of tubulars, and have been a happier man since. But I'm a practical kind of guy. As the reference to sewing points out, there's a big difference between changing a sew-up and repairing one.

    It's important to realize that so many of the "practical" factors in which type of tire to choose depend on your riding style, racing or not, type of surface, budget, and on and on. The reasons Lance likes sew-ups don't apply to me. My overall opinion is that for general purpose riding, the ride quality is just not that much better with sew-ups to justify the hassle. And, as so much in bicycling is driven by fashion and image, the discussion over sew-ups is subject to much unsubstantiated and objective information: Caveat Emptor.

  19. #19
    Senior Member af895's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    Location
    Montreal, Canada
    My Bikes
    2003 KHS F20-Westwood folding & enough parts to make several more bikes...
    Posts
    853
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I'm shocked - nobody has linked to Sheldons page on this: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html#tubular

    (look for index link at the top to "Tubular")

  20. #20
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Posts
    5,434
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Olebiker
    Ease of fixing flats? You must be better than me at sewing them back up after patching the tube.
    Sorry, I wasn't clear, I mean fixing a flat on the road. Its really easy to peal off the flat sew up and put a new one on. I used to carry a knife and when I flatted, I cut across the sew up and pealed it off, and had the new one on in a jiffy.

    Fixing a flat sew up, no thank you. I tried it several times and like you say, I could never get the tension on the stitching right and I always ended up with a lump in the tire.

  21. #21
    RidesOldTrek
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    (original owner) 1976 Trek TX500 frame with a variety of 70's & early 80's parts, 1989 Schwinn Paramount, generic moutain bike
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho
    Fixing a flat sew up, no thank you. I tried it several times and like you say, I could never get the tension on the stitching right and I always ended up with a lump in the tire.
    I fixed too many. It took lots of practice and a real attention to detail, and some luck, to get them right. I guess that's part of my reasons for switching to clinchers. Back when I was riding them I had more time than money. I won't argue with your approach of throwing them out, it is what I would do today if I were still riding them, but the cost seems high.

  22. #22
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Posts
    1,464
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by San Rensho
    To tell the truth, I haven't ridden sew-ups in a while, but when I did, I always rode the cheapies and they tended to flat often, one of the main reasons I went to clinchers. I ended up carrying two spares because once I flatted twice on the same ride.

    So if you say theres good sew-ups out there that don't flat often, I may go back to them, love the way they ride and ease of fixing flats.
    No need, just buy latex tubes and Vredistien's Fortenza's or Tri-Comps, I enjoy the ride as much as the Victtoria Corsa CX and better than Continential Sprinters. Cheap sew-ups are not reliable, at least the Vittoria's were not .

  23. #23
    RidesOldTrek
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    (original owner) 1976 Trek TX500 frame with a variety of 70's & early 80's parts, 1989 Schwinn Paramount, generic moutain bike
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Smedley
    No need, just buy latex tubes and Vredistien's Fortenza's or Tri-Comps, I enjoy the ride as much as the Victtoria Corsa CX and better than Continential Sprinters. Cheap sew-ups are not reliable, at least the Vittoria's were not .
    So, Fred, here is a question I think that is on the mind of those considering buying a set of tubular wheels, or like me, those who have an old set but have bad memories of riding unreliable, cheap sew-ups: How much do the tires you are recommending cost?

    Thank you!

  24. #24
    Senior Member zonatandem's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2003
    Location
    Tucson, AZ
    My Bikes
    ariZona carbon fiber tandem & single
    Posts
    10,037
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Betcha Armstroing does not himself fix his sew-up flats!
    Here in AZ with lots of thorns had 2 flats in 2 trips up Sabino Canyon (about 14 miles, both thorns. Yes, fixed/sewed my own tires, but switched to clinchers back in 1978.
    Tubulars are quicker to change-out on the road, but used to carry 2 spares on 100 mile events 'just in case'.
    Now carry spare tube/patchkit. Fortunately never had to fix a sweup along the roadside . . .

  25. #25
    RidesOldTrek
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Bikes
    (original owner) 1976 Trek TX500 frame with a variety of 70's & early 80's parts, 1989 Schwinn Paramount, generic moutain bike
    Posts
    111
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    OK Fred, I think I misunderstood your post. I'm not up on some of the tires, I thought you were recommending "good" sew-ups at a reasonable price.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •