Clinchers vs. Tubulars
Used to be capable of taking higher pressures, had lower weight and mounted
onto stronger, lighter rims than clinchers. Clinchers have now largely
caught up, but many cyclists thinking hasn't.
Tubular tire + rim combination still lighter and stronger. This is still
a matter of debate, depending largely on quality.
Are easier to change than clinchers. This matters more to some people than
others - triathletes, mechanical morons and those riding in unsupported
Cost megabucks if you replace them every time you puncture. The process
doesn't take much imagination, you just unstitch the case, repair the tube
in the normal manner using the thinnest patches you can buy, stitch it
back up again and (the secret to success) put a drop of Superglue over
the hole in the tread.
Can roll off if improperly glued or inflated. In this case, you probably
deserve what you get. Unfortunately, the riders behind you don't.
Can be difficult to change (for mechanical morons) and are always slower
to change than tubulars. Most people still carry a spare tube and do their
repairs when they get home.
Are cheaper to run: if you puncture a lot clinchers will probably still
save you money over tubulars, even if you repair your tubulars whenever
possible. Tubulars are only repairable most of the time, you virtually
never write off a clincher casing due to a puncture.
Have improved immensely in recent years; top models now inflate to high
pressures, and are lighter and stronger than they used to be. Likewise
clincher rims. Some debate over whether tubulars are still lighter and
tubular rims stronger. Probably depends on quality you select. No doubt
that high quality clinchers/rims stronger, lighter and more dependable
than cheap tubular/rim combination.nothing to do with heat treatment and
does not strengthen rims. To make up for that, it costs more.
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