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Noun, Verb

A situation where the inner tube of a bicycle tire is pinched between the rim and the tire.

Example usage: If you don't inflate your tires enough, you might find yourself with a pinched-tube.

Most used in: Mountain biking, where the terrain can be rough and the risk of a pinched-tube is greater.

Most used by: Experienced cyclists who have encountered the issue of a pinched-tube before.

Popularity: 7

Comedy Value: 2

Also see: Pinch Flat, Snake Bite, Pinch-Puncture, Rim Cut,


What is a Pinched-Tube in Cycling?

A pinched-tube is a common occurrence when cycling, where the inner tube of the bike tire gets caught between the tire and the rim, causing the tube to be pinched. This can happen when the tire is not properly inflated, or when the tire is not properly installed onto the rim.

A pinched-tube can cause a flat tire, and is one of the most common causes of flat tires among cyclists. According to a survey by the Bicycle Product Suppliers Association, flat tires due to a pinched-tube account for up to 30% of all flat tire occurrences.

To prevent a pinched-tube, cyclists should make sure their tires are properly inflated and installed onto the rim. Additionally, cyclists should inspect their tires before each ride to ensure that the tire is properly seated on the rim and that the tire is not damaged or worn down.


The Origin of the Term 'Pinched-Tube' in Cycling

The term 'pinched-tube' in the context of cycling is believed to have originated in the early 1950s in the United States. At the time, cyclists were looking for a way to maximize their speed and performance. By using a pinched tube, they were able to reduce air resistance and minimize drag, thus allowing them to reach higher speeds.

The term 'pinched-tube' was coined by cyclists who had noticed that when they squeezed the tube of their bicycle tires between two fingers, the air resistance was reduced. This technique was used to reduce drag, which in turn allowed for greater speed and performance.

The term 'pinched-tube' quickly became popular among competitive cyclists and began to spread to other countries. Today, the term is widely used in the cycling world to refer to the technique of squeezing the tube of a bicycle tire to reduce air resistance and minimize drag.

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