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Old 08-26-14, 01:52 AM   #1
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About to get some clinchers...

Hey guys I'm gonna get a fixed gear bike from Just Ride It and all their bikes have clincher tyres and wheels. I'm kinda new to cycling (about a year) and know a fiar bit, but I don't know the difference between clinchers or tubulars. Also, do clinchers wear out faster? Because as an early teen I might do some skidding to show off to friends...
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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).
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Thanks. So do clinchers have an inner tube? The tyres on my roadie have inner tubes, and constantly wear out even though I don't skid on them at all.
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Thanks. So do clinchers have an inner tube? The tyres on my roadie have inner tubes, and constantly wear out even though I don't skid on them at all.
Yup, them's clinchers and the inner tube is normal. If you don't like how quickly you're wearing out your tyres, buy something different. I like the Maxxis ReFuse which you can usually get from Cell Bikes (internet shop) for a decent price, but there are lots of others. Your local bike shop will also be able to help.

Roadie culture says you have to pay lots and lots to get good tyres, that's nonsense. Always support your local bike shop where possible/practical/sensible because you'll find you'll need lots of stuff immediately rather than in a week's time and if your lbs goes broke, you won't have any choice but to wait a week for the internet to come to your aid. Too many roadies forget this (why the fook would you buy tubes over the internet just to save a dollar or so? It happens all the time with the lycra clad lot, then they complain about local shops). That isn't to say you should buy everything from your lbs, but you'll find that nearly all your day to day stuff, like chain lube etc, your lbs is a great source and if they get to know you, they can offer advice that suits you specifically.
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