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Tubular or clincher rims/tires - How do I tell?

Old 04-22-08, 12:47 PM
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Tubular or clincher rims/tires - How do I tell?

Hi guys,

I am completely new to road bikes, and I'm looking into buying some vintage racer here in Sweden.
From what I've read it seems easiest to get a bike with clincher tires/rims.

So, how do I tell from a picture if it's clincher or tubular? Here's three examples I found:

tubular #1:


tublar #2:


clincher:


Is it easy to see that its tubular and clincher respectively in the above images? If so, please share your knowledge with me!

Thanks in advance!
Jonas, Sweden
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Not really, it is hard to tell. You can tell if you get close enough to see the tire/rim joint.
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as pointed out, you need to see detail in the area where the rim meets the tire.

Clincher tires are open at the bottom, and have a bead that fits into an open rim.

Tubular tires wrap all the way around the tube, and are sewn together on the underside. The tubular is then glued on top of the rim.

If you can see the interface of the tire and rim with some decent resolution you should be able to make out the difference.
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The easiest way is to ask the seller.

You could probably tell in photos if the tires were flat - mounted tubulars take on a notably different shape when there's no air in them than clinchers do.
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So, I guess I'll just have to ask the seller if there's no closeup pictures of the tires...

Thanks a lot for the replies guys!
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