WHAT TIRE IS BEST FOR YOU? CLINCHER TIRES • 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. TUBULAR TIRES • 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 TUBULAR TIRES • 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.
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