Clincher wheels have retaining wires running along the inside edges of the wheel rim. The inner tube rests between the wires, while the tire itself is sandwiched between the wire and the rim.
The alternative model for a bicycle tire is the tubular wheel. The tire and inner tube are stitched together into a single unit and then glued directly onto the wheel.
Who Uses Clincher Wheels
Clinchers are the most common wheel and tire set on the road. Tubular wheels and tires are more common among competitive cyclists.
The main advantage of the clincher wheel is that, as the inner tube and tire are separate, they can be easily and cheaply removed and either fixed or replaced. Tubular tires are not so easy to repair and it is usually cheaper to replace the entire unit than to try fixing it.
The wheels, tires and inner tubes for clinchers are heavier than their tubular counterparts. This is why competitive cyclists prefer tubular wheels.
There are some variations on the clincher model, which are meant to give the wheel more grip on the tire and allow for a slightly higher tire pressure. These are called "hook" or "crochet" clinchers.
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