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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-15-10, 10:31 PM   #1
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Tubular wheels for fixed gear?

Hi, I found a great deal of hed jet tubular wheelset for 350. I was wondering if it's a good idea to use on a fixed gear. I'm using front brakes so i won't be skidding. Two more questions, how long does the air last on tubular tires, and can i use regular wheel
(700x23c) tires and tube on tubular wheels instead of those expensive ($40+each) tubular tires? ThAnks guys
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Old 09-15-10, 10:50 PM   #2
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You have to use tubular tires. Sorry, that's why they are called tubulars. Regular tire and tube wheels are called "clinchers".

Tubulars are used on the track usually.
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Tubulars are streetable, but a pain. The air lasts way less than 24hrs and you need to cary a spare tire.

$40 tubulars are CHEAP. Most would consider them junk. A good tubular is 70+ and most are around $100 (and can be $200+)

Stick with clinchers.
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If you are riding city streets, I wouldn't bother with tubulars unless you plan to ride them on the track only.
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Hell, I can't stand most clinchers that cost under $50. Good tires are so underrated... its the best bang for the buck impovement you can make on a bike under $1000.
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Tubulars are streetable, but a pain. The air lasts way less than 24hrs and you need to cary a spare tire.

$40 tubulars are CHEAP. Most would consider them junk. A good tubular is 70+ and most are around $100 (and can be $200+)

Stick with clinchers.
the air last less then 24hrs? then i'll need to pump air again!?
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only the expensive tubulars have latex tubes which don't hold air for long, the cheaper ones hold air like every other tire.
but it's still not the best city setup
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Ive ridden on tubular without pumping them up everyday. They are not as bad as everyone says.
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They're not necessarily bad, I just don't think they're very practical for general, everyday riding.
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It is stupid to ride tubulars on the street.
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only the expensive tubulars have latex tubes which don't hold air for long, the cheaper ones hold air like every other tire.
but it's still not the best city setup
I put air in my clinchers daily (you should too)

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It is stupid to ride tubulars on the street.
Not true. tubulars have been ridden on the street for decades. They are just harder to repair and therefore not as practical.
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The amount of tubulars I change due to flats on a monthly basis around here because a bunch of 'elite' weekend warriors insist on using them is stupid.
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[QUOTE=thirdgenbird;11473486]I put air in my clinchers daily (you should too)

why? they loose air really slowly, repumping them every few weeks is more then enough. don't care about 10psi more or less...
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Every few weeks???
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yes, pump them up to 11bar and when they are down to 7 or 8 i pump them up again. try to clean my bike once a month and do all the pumping. normally i just oil the chain once a week and that's it.
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^how often do you ride? I don't ride as much as I used to because now I'm living outside of town but when I was riding regularly I was topping them off every few days max.
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every day 30 to 80 miles. really don't think it's necessary to pump them up so often. when it feels spongy during turns i do something about it but otherwise...
i ride a track bike and sealed bearings because i don't like to pay attention to my bike
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So you ride 400+ miles without adding air to your tires? I smell a rat...
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Don't mess with him. He rides 160 PSI tires... clearly a pro.
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Ive ridden on tubular without pumping them up everyday. They are not as bad as everyone says.
well, you can ride flat tubulars

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I didn't see that. 11bar clinchers? Are they dedas? Veloflex? How often do you flat?

I may get veloflex tubulars soon (for a geared road bike)
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Hairnet, you mis quoted me. Please fix it.
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2 bars more than written on the tire is not a problem, normally get the cheap vittoria - they sit pretty tight on my rims and never had a problem.
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