what are clincher tires?

Discussion in 'Cycling Equipment' started by amsterdad, May 13, 2003.

  1. amsterdad

    amsterdad New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2003
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am looking at buying some tires online and I'm confused. What are clincher tires? Are they tubeless? If so, do you need special rims?

    Some tires I am looking at say clincher, others don't.

    My bike is a Trek 1220, rims have tubes.

    Appreciate any help.
     
    Tags:


  2. rek

    rek New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2002
    Messages:
    1,190
    Likes Received:
    0
    "Clincher" tyres are the conventional kind of tyre that clinch to the sides of the rim, using the air pressure inside the tube to help keep them on.

    "Tubular" tyres need to be sewn together and glued onto the rim. I've never seen one, ever.

    "Tubeless" tyres are expensive mountain bike tyres ;) that alleviate pinch-flats when pumped to low pressures (as off-road tyres are)

    This site has more info: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/tires.html
     
  3. amsterdad

    amsterdad New Member

    Joined:
    May 13, 2003
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks rek

    so I guess just about any tire I choose except tubular should work
     
  4. rek

    rek New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 31, 2002
    Messages:
    1,190
    Likes Received:
    0
    Pretty much anything off-the-shelf will do, yeah. Tubulars are the exception, not the rule, so to speak.

    The only issue you may need to look at is width of the tyre; some frames/brakes are thin and don't give much room for wider tyres. For example, my road bike will only accept up to 28mm width tyres, and even then, with the brake caliper in its 'release' position the sides of the tyre still rub the pads a bit when slotting the wheel in.
     
Loading...
Loading...