@RussellS: Care to list the teams in this year's (2013) Tour de France that were using clinchers?
...Its obvious you think what the top level professionals use in their TRADE is the exact same thing that everyone else should use. Odd. How did you come to this belief? ...
@RusselS: Is it obvious, really? Hmmm... ok, if you say so. I have a number of clinchers in my garage. I don't force friends to ride tubulars or even tell them I'm on tubulars unless they ask. What's odd is how you came to that conclusion.
You decided to read a thread devoted entirely to tubular tires, then state rather emphatically that "today almost no one knows what a tubular tire is and have never ever seen one in the flesh". Odd as well, since most shops in my area sell tubulars, and most everyone I ride with knows what they are, and some believe it or not have even seen one or two in the flesh.
Point is, I don't think anyone who has posted to this thread or anywhere on this forum would argue that tubulars should be used by everyone, cuz that would be just dumb. Of course clinchers are by far the mainstream tire in the world. No one here, I repeat no one, is stating that everyone should be riding tubulars. But make no mistake, the performance of a tubular tire is still above what any clincher tire has achieved today, and that's why they are still used at the highest levels of competition and by amateurs who appreciate those qualities.
You know what's really odd to me?.... You.