asleep at the wheel
Join Date: Aug 2004
Bikes: Custom Richie Ditta Track Bike, Eddie Merckx Corsa, Marioni Custom Pista, Dolan Cyclocross
Originally Posted by Hussy
CAN ANYONE TELL ME THE MAIN DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLINCHER AND TUBULAR??
Main difference between tubular & clincher? Hard to say as theres quite a few differences.
Basically tubulars are lighter and safer on steep banking as they're less likely to roll off the rim when they flat. As tubulars are glued on to the rim, they can be run at much higher pressures (not going to blow off the rim like a clincher) and they tend to have a better 'feel' over clinchers. Tubular rims are also lighter in general.
Big downside for tubs is that they're a bugger to repair when you get a flat (have to cut open the tire casing, fix the tube, sew-the tire back up and remount). It takes some skill to mount a tubular tire properly although its easier now there is glue tape.
Clinchers are the best bet for urban riding
precisely cause you can replace the tube or fix the puncture with ease.
With tubs, you have to ride with spare pre-glued tires and hope that you don't get more flats than you have tires to hand. You can't really repair a tub at the side of the road.
Known some folks to ride all the time on tubs without problems, so your mileage may vary. But IMHO you have to be pretty knowledgable to get away with tubs on the street.