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Old 06-09-03, 01:55 PM   #1
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Tubular tires??

What do you guys think about these? My Bianchi has clinchers of course, but I recently picked up a Miyata track bike that so happened to come with tubulars. I haven't really been able to ride it, but they are rated for 170 PSI. I don't suppose I would ride on the street with that much pressure though..

On a side note, I have a Quando/Alex (read: economy) track wheel that I was going to use for something. I never really thought about the weight, but this old Araya tubular rim and Suntour track hub with tire and cog weight less than the crappy wheel without a tire or cog. I don't know if one is super light or the other super heavy, but that surprised me..

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you'll find people that wont ride anything but tubulars, and those that prefer clinchers.

with that said, i ride clinchers. milwaukee's streets are disgusting and i have no desire to carry an extra tub with me everywhere i ride. i am thinking of one day putting a pair of tubulars together for the track, but that's the only place i'll be riding them.

the weight advantage of tubulars are minimal, until you get to the 80/90 dollar tubs that tufo offers (which can get as low as 115g). their main advantage is being able to hold super high pressures (only of any use on the track) and the suppleness that some say they offer.
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Tubulars are cool, clinchers are easy. Be sure the tubulars are glued on good.
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There's also the Tufo tubular clinchers, which we sell a fair amount of. Stretching 'em goes a long way...
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Rode tubulars on the road and on my fixies as well, mostly for the coolness factor, but overall it was just a pain in the A. My repair jobs on these cheap $25 tubulars never came out right......always created a I basically ended up throwing them out every time I flatted.
I've got two sets of vintage Campy tubular rims hanging in my garage.
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The old debate that always gets settled on the racecourse. The proof is in the experience. Tubulars are best. For track, road, cx there is no substitute but for everyday riding and training, clinchers make more sense.
I don't know why people compare cheap tubulars to high quality clinchers. I'm not picking on George- I understand where he's coming from but cheap is cheap- tubular or clincher.

Anyways this debate has raged on all over the internet and I'm sorry I've added to it!
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