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    Ride Fast and Ride Safe! gioscinelli's Avatar
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    Wheels 4 your classic! Choose Clinchers, Tubelars or Tubeless!

    What kind of wheels would you put on your favorite classic bike.

    1. Clincher

    2. Tubular

    3. Tubeless

    I prefer tubular, but here in the Windy City gotta ride clinchers.
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    sew ups.
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    Tubies for my remaining 2 vintage roadies, clinchers on the newer rides.
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    Tubulars on my two C&V classics.

    Tubulars on my only CF framed non-classic.

    Clinchers on the rest.
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    Clinchers. My favorite being Conti 4000s.

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    Whatever you like changing flats on the best.
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    Why not multiple sets of wheels, so you have all options available?

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    sew ups spring through fall
    clinchers for winter
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    High end clinchers....
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    Nice clinchers: Challenge Parigi-Roubaix or Conti GP4000s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    Why not multiple sets of wheels, so you have all options available?
    Good idea. I prefer tubulars but also use clinchers depending on the bike. I had a few set of tubulars built on some shimano 7spd hubs so I can swap between clincher and tubulars.
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    I have a pretty even mix of tubulars and clinchers...I like having a mix of both. I just got a pair of FMB roubaixs and they're absolutely delightful (they run WIDE). Also trying jack brown 33s and they're a lot of fun too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
    I have a pretty even mix of tubulars and clinchers...I like having a mix of both. I just got a pair of FMB roubaixs and they're absolutely delightful (they run WIDE). Also trying jack brown 33s and they're a lot of fun too.
    This is where I'm at, but last season ran more clinchers than normal.

    Schwalbes, Kendas and Challenge almost exclusively.

    I do have some Bruce Gordons I want to order though.

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    For commuting on rough roads, I prefer large 35mm tires with a low psi. It has to be clinchers.

    For my road bikes, I ride better roads and use 25-27mm tubulars with a higher pressure.

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    I like tubulars if the road is smooth and I'm not going to flat.
    Consequently, only one bike in my herd has tubulars, and I baby it.
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    Depends on the bike.

    The RADAC and PX-10 are sew-ups, and all others are riding mid to high end clinchers.

    Sew ups yield a vastly-improved ride, IMO.

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    I have no tubullar's on my current riders but I have a set in closset ready to go. If I want to race not likely but nice to have.

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    High end, tubulars all the way. Mid to low, probably clinchers. Actually, I'd like a set of each, per bike.
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    Senior Member sykerocker's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by JJScaliger View Post
    sew ups spring through fall
    clinchers for winter
    Probably the best compromise of all. While I prefer tubulars, even I hate the possibility of working with rim cement in cold weather.
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    I've never tried tubulars yet, but definitely missed a nice deal on some old DA 7400 hubs on sew-ups not too long ago. I see them off & on, on CL & in a few different recycling places, but I'd need to read up good, before buying anything tubular. It's probably no big deal, but I'm a big chicken, about trying new things, sometimes. For clinchers, I'm using a 27 x 1 1/8 in the back (Specialized Tri-sport) & a 700c x 26c Vittoria Zaffiro in front, that indicates 120 p.s.i., a little more than a pair of more current 23c's I also have. That older one's tough, & might out-live me. To me, 26c is the perfect size, 23c is a bit narrow, for absorbing shocks, but a 28c slows you down too much. That 26c just holds the road just right, & runs pretty fast too.

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    I've pretty much fully transitioned to tubies for all my bikes.
    All it took was one ride on a tubular wheelset three years ago, and I was irreversibly hooked on them because of the superior ride they provide over all the clincher wheelsets I ever owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
    Why not multiple sets of wheels, so you have all options available?
    Exactly what I have, one set each tubulars and clinchers for each bike. Tubulars are on the bikes most often.
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    Tubies with maybe a clincher set as a backup.

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    I purposely bought the bike I did in 1976 because it had clinchers -- the next step up came with sew-ups. Even today I don't own a bike with sew-ups. If I did buy some high-end vintage bike that came with sew-ups, it'd get re-laced with clincher rims.

    Tubeless technology intrigues me though... I'll wait so see how it develops.
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    It's great to see so many people are still enjoying tubulars. Odd that my LBS's carry no tubulars.

    I run tubulars on two bikes and clinchers on the other two. I also keep spare wheels of both types.

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