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My wife is similar to you she rides and her next bike will be using tubs for this reason, she can't pull a clincher off easily, finds it hard to put them back on and half hour later she is done but she does not like it. Tubs are the solution here. I'll be the one doing the messy bits.
I have been riding tubulars for years - it's definitely a lot more work than clinchers.
A properly glued tubular needs some muscle to get off the rim.
If she struggles with clinchers and finds it hard to change flats, I would strongly advise aganst tubulars for such a rider.
Clinchers are way more convenient for most people and they have come a long way in ride quality.
I would choose something like dura ace c24s - pretty aero for the rim depth - or if budget allows, zipp 202s.
As for the weight, you can build clinchers that are a bit lighter as the ones suggested but almost none of the weight savings will be in the rims. There's not much of a performance benefit.
I don't want discourage any women. We can do it. Just may need more practice to do it in a reasonable time. I used to work on bikes, building them completely, so I do want encourage woman to learn as much as they want. Just for me I've got my sewing hobby I can barely get done as it is. I worked on bikes before they were as complicated as they are today. I've also built computers. Just these days I rather pay someone to work on my bike and have time for other things.
I really want to do my own experiment with the wheels. I will see how much benefit I think they provide and at very least hope they look cool on my already sweet ride. I will hafta post photos when I get them.
I got lost in Catskills during a race (don't ask!) and I didn't flat, but I just bonked and had no idea how get back so I ended up getting a like 50 mi ride from a nice lady, but I certainly don't want rely on hitchhiking. Her car was perfect tho. The trunk was empty and so big it fit without taking the wheels off.
For me the change over is twice a year. I ride carbon clinchers when Spring kicks in and go back to alloy rims as winter approaches. Changing pads on my Gravitas only takes about 1 minute per wheel. Push out one set and slip in the other.
You can swap back and forth as you like. The machined carbon brake surface is so hard that the small aluminum residue on the brake pads will not damage in any way the carbon brake surface. Xentis has done tests where they tried to purposely scratch the surface with some pieces of aluminum without success.
He further goes on to say:
Xentis has developed together with DT Swiss their own brake pads. You can use these on any aluminum/alloy rim and of course on the Xentis rims. With these the brake performance is really excellent.
So I dunno. If I'm afraid still, I can swap the pads if swapping wheels.
Added: I find this line in their warranty troubling considering the claims they make regarding this brake pad switching thing...
http://www.xentis.com/en/terms-and-condition wrote:Our guarantee specifically does not apply to defects that are based on unprofessional
use, excessive use, or that are based on abrasion
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