I'd run higher pressure in clinchers and just deal with the fact that high pressure sucks for cross
Tubulars are the answer to this problem and you may be surprised at what you can get for cheap. Last year I got a set of Campy Barcelona tubular wheels for $90 bucks then a set of Tufo tires for about $100. So for about $200 I have a nice set of wheels.
Running the clinchers you'll just have to:
Increase tire pressure.
Be more careful. Especially watch for edges of pot holes, curbs and other sharp man made bits.
Those pressures would be fine for a clyde on fat sewups, but not for any but the skinny on clinchers.
Keep shopping for the sewup rims, they can be surprisingly cheap. The main market for those now are guys spending for carbon fiber exotica who don't care for the really good conventional wheelsets we need. My most recent was Campy Chorus with Campy Seoul 88 rims and Sapim spokes for $130. The deals are out there.
Old clincher wheelsets can also be had cheap. If you're running 8 speed, let me know I might have a deal for ya.
I weigh 150. I've noticed that when i get pinch flats it's exactly when i "damn the torpedos-- full speed ahead!" I'm used to never flatting on an MTB with 35-40 psi in the fat fat tires. Those things are too forgiving. Perhaps 'cross will make me a better mountain biker?
Yeah-- i agree with lunacycle. I'm shelling out $20 for my 45 mins. I want them all!
My Mt bike is a Spooky Darkside, My Cross is a Kelly, I like to ride an old Univega around town, and My Fixed is a Madison
I never get flats it seems.. till now
Im with you on the pinch flat. I was racing last Sunday and pinched on the first 1/3 on the first lap. I ran it the rest of the 2/3rds to the pits. Found a front wheel on my friends bike and "borrowed" it. I had just spent 20 bucks to race and Ill be damed if I wasnt gonna get my 20 bucks of puke factor..
I was running 75 psi and it didnt help me.. all I can say is good luck