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Bocephus Jones II said:
If you don't know, you want clincher
Wowsers-First. :eek: :)
 

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RyanM said:
Im just curious as to what the actual difference is. not buying new wheels just yet but look at them from time to time.
In very simple terms...a clincher has 2 parts...an innertube and a tire that hooks onto the rim. A tubular has a tire with a tube built into it and is glued to the rim.
 

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Let's just say tubulars are a b**ch unless you've got a squad of mechanics to put on a new tyre every time you flat.

Clinchers are rims that have a kind of ridge on them to hold on the tyres. Clinchers use tubes underneath the tyres as well.

Tubular tyres are tubeless i.e. they are a full cylinder that you 'roll' onto the rim and have to be glued to it.

Every normal bicycle has clincher wheels.

just google some pictures and then you'll understand.
 

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RyanM said:
thanks for the info. so a clincher uses a tube and a tubular is like a car tire except that it is also glued to the wheel to keep it on and air in there. thanks
Not really like a modern car tire. A tubular still has a tube inside...it's just sewn in and then the whole mess is glued to the rim. If you flat you need to carry an entire spare tire to put on (instead of just replacing or repairing a tube with clincher)...that is unless you're really good with roadside sewing skills. In old days the tubular rode much nicer than the clinchers did, but with modern clinchers there is not really a big difference anymore. Tubular wheels do have some uses--namely in cyclocross racing where they can be run at lower pressures without pinch flatting.
 

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Tubulars have the unfortunate name "tubular"--- which adds to the confusion (since they don't actually use inner tubes).

A tubeless set-up would be more like a modern car tire/wheel combo--- yet a third option (think: tubeless clincher).

RyanM said:
thanks for the info. so a clincher uses a tube and a tubular is like a car tire except that it is also glued to the wheel to keep it on and air in there. thanks
 

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No tubes?

filtersweep said:
Tubulars have the unfortunate name "tubular"--- which adds to the confusion (since they don't actually use inner tubes).
What are you talking about? A tubular tire has an inner tube, which is sewn inside. The best way to describe a tubular tire is to picture taking a conventional clincher tire and sewing the casing together at the bead, covering that with a protective strip, and then gluing that tire to the concave surface of a tubular rim.
 
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