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Old 01-03-14, 05:56 PM   #1
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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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Old 01-03-14, 06:00 PM   #3
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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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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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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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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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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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