Grumpy Old Bugga
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
Bikes: Hillbrick, Europa (R.I.P.)
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Tubular tyres are just like they sound, they're a tube ... and here's where the terminology lets us down. The rubber 'tube' that holds the air is inside an external tyre that is tubular and GLUED to your rim. Yes, they're a pain in the arse and best suited to the velodrome though pro racers use them too ... and some nutters who like riding them on the road.
Clinchers are the tyres that all normal people use. The rubber tube that holds the air is just what you'd be used to. The tyre has a U shaped cross section and 'clinches' to the rim via some wire beads on the lip of the U that grip into a lip on the rim of the wheel. You can remove the tyre and the tube seperately and easily to replace or repair the suckers.
You want clinchers. They are the norm for road use. One day, you may choose to run tubulars on the road as some do, but it's something best left till you are very experienced.
As far as what wears out faster, that depends on the tyre you choose and you can get some very long wearing brutes. Tubulars, being racing tyres, are lightweight and not intended to last very long.
Which bike are you getting from Just Ride It?
I've no experience with them myself so can't offer any thoughts. You might also want to join/visit Fixed.Org
, an Aussie forum. They may be able to give you some insight into the shop and if nothing else, you can connect with fellow antipodeans (I'm there somewhere, under the same username, though I don't post much).