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How to Glue on a Tubular Tire

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How to Glue on a Tubular Tire (Introduction)

Tires come in two basic types clinchers and tubulars (also called sew-ups). Each requires its own type of rim. The clincher system has a separate inner tube and outer tire. The clincher tire is held to the rim by air pressure. The tubular with its integral tube sewed within the tire, is held to the rim by a combination of glue and air pressure.

Tubular tires are more expensive, more difficult to mount and more difficult to fix. Although the gap is narrowing, standard tubular wheelsets still have a performance edge—they are lighter, can be pumped to higher pressures, and offer better cornering performance. Racing cyclists often use them.

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