• Most commonly used tire system
• Replacements much easier to find
• Requires Rim liner
• Flat tires can be repaired with a patch, or the inner tube changed
• Installation requires a set of light tools called "tire irons"
• Immediate use after installation
• Some Thorn Resistant Tubes and Puncture Resistant Tires are now available

AIRLESS / SOLID TIRES • Never loses inflation
• Air Free
• NO tube needed
• Solid rubber or foam technology
• Eliminates pinch flats
• Eliminates tube punctures.

• Require wheels with tubular rims
• Used by the majority of competitive cyclists
• Lower rolling resistance
• Lower Weight
• Better Cornering
• Tubular rims are lighter than clincher rims
• Higher pressure inflation than clincher tires - depending on model selected
• Can be ridden flat in case of an emergency
• Tire must be glued to the rim
• In case of a flat, the stability and safety of the rider is not affected as much as a clincher tire
• Flat tire repairs are not easy

• Open Tubulars work on Clincher rims
• An open tubular is a tubular tire whose edges have not been sewn together
• Flexible bead of Kevlar is sewn along the edges turning it into a clincher that performs almost as well as a tubular
• As with a tubular, an open tubular is made with a high thread count unwoven casing
• Also as with a tubular a cold treated tread application is used in the manufacturing process
• For a cyclist who has no interest in using tubular rim glue and the time consuming job of repairing a flat tubular, the open tubular is an excellent choice