Originally Posted by ethman
Just got a track bike that I'm planning to ride at Home Depot Center. The bike I got currently has Conti 4000 clinchers. Will those be fine?
Never tried them-- they have a funny tread for track. You probably won't die, but you might find that the difference in the tread in the center vs. the sides makes things weird and a little unpredictable in the corners and at low speed. Since they're intended as road tires they may also be harder (and thus slipperier) than you want on the boards. You want a tire with a round cross section and the same surface all the way around.
Also-- don't go pumping them to crazy high pressures. Sometimes people think they should pump their clinchers to the high pressures people use in expensive tubulars. Clinchers aren't made for that, and will blow the bead off at speed, leading to the bang and crash that Racer Ex mentions. Even the Mavic Ellipse rims, which are made for track, say not to go above ~140 psi. Clinchers for the most part already have lower RR than most tubulars, and you won't get much, if any improvement in return for the increased chance of a blowout if you pump them past 120 or so. Most clincher rims and tire beads aren't made to hold at really high pressures. You can also get a big increase in the load on the tire when you go through a corner at speed-- unlike on the road where you tilt sideways until the sliding limit, the track tilts with you so the force increases. I've seen a few people blow clinchers at speed in the corner.
Last edited by bitingduck; 05-26-12 at 12:31 PM.