Glue on a Tubular Tire
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How to Glue on a Tubular Tire
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