For me the ultimate triathlon question is: For shorter races (Sprint and Olympic) do I take a spare tubular? Nothing stresses me out more than this issue! Of course this also sparks the popular debate of tubular versus clincher? I have a Zipp 404 front and a 808 rear, both are tubulars. Taking a spare tubular is definitely a pain in the ass as it is much bigger and much harder to “hide” than a spare tube (clincher) which could be folded up and place just about anywhere. I believe that tubulars are a higher quality and faster tire when compared to clinchers but carrying a spare tubular tire during a race sucks!
For a longer race such a 70.3 or 140.6 there is Continue reading