The rubber attached to the rim of your wheel. Flats, changing tires, selecting tires, etc.

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What should I look for in a new front wheel for my heavy body?

I broke my second front wheel last night when I hit a dip that rose too quickly on the far side. The wheel didn't get a chance to redirect the force upward before all my weight went behind it. I'm a ...
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Can I put my 2.1" 29er tires on a wheel with 25mm inner diameter?

So I broke my second front wheel last night when I hit a dip that rose too quickly for my wheel to climb before all my weight went behind it. I'm a big guy (300+ lbs), so my wheels need to be able to ...
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Lower tire pressure on wider rims?

For a given tire width, can you safely run a lower pressure on wider rims? Background: My road bike can only fit up to 23 mm tires due to frame clearance, however my rims are a relatively wide 23 ...
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What's the inner width of my rim?

I just measured the inner width of my rim with a ruler and it seemed to be a hair over 14mm. Looking at the tire sizing chart on Sheldon Brown's site it doesn't have an entry for 14mm inner width ...
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Get a tubeless to seat

It takes a volume of air to seat a tubeless. Even if you lube the tire it takes a volume of air to get it to pop onto the seat. Cannot deliver that volume with my floor pump. At the shop they ...
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What is the middleground between permatube and normal tubes?

I've burst my third tyre in two months on my MTB, each time it's caused by something sharp penetrating my tyre at high speed ripping a big enough hole in the tube causing the slime to leak out rapidly ...
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Presta valve won't let air in on a new tube

During a ride I had a flat tire and used a brand new Joe's tube with sealant. For the first time in many years of riding i was not able to pump air in. It appears that the pin inside the valve won't ...
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Inner tube size. [duplicate]

What inner tube can I use for a 700x26c tire? It has a Schrader valve. At the stores I went to I found a 700x25c tube & a 700x28c tube. Which tube would be best since I can't find a 700x26c tube?
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How much pressure can mountain bike tires take?

I am thinking of buying a new mountain bike, but I'm unfamiliar with mountain bikes. That's why I need to be well aware of the pressure a mountain bike can handle. How much pressure can mountain bike ...
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Why Do the same size tires say they can hold different amounts of air (psi), and does that matter? [on hold]

Sadly, my wonderful electra cruiser got stolen on tuesday. I am a college student with no other transportation, i need a new bike RIGHT away, the busses in my town are currently on strike and not ...
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trouble inflating tires

I've watched several youtube videos on inflating bike tires. i have presta valves on mine. When I the top is screwed completely on it works but i'm told this is just pressurizing the inside of my ...
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How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?

My new bike has these thin tires with a type of valve I haven't usedbefore. I searched online and found out it's called a Presta valve, and it's pretty common and popular. I'm finding it annoying and ...
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Can fresh hot asphalt damage slicks?

Today I was riding with my road bike when I suddenly hit a patch of hot asphalt. The day before the one side of the road was already filled with a hard first load, so I didn't think much of riding ...
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When should you replace tires after getting a flat?

A nail punctured my rear wheel tire today while riding. My question is, how do you know if you need to replace a tire or simply repair it with a tube repair kit? The hole looks pretty nasty. The cap ...
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23 mm combined with 25 mm tyre in racing

I met a guy who mixed 23 and 25 mm for his front and rear tyre respectively. Now thinking about it, I believe it's a pretty good idea since the rear wheel bear more proportion of the rider's weight. ...
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Am I unscrewing my pump incorrectly?

I just bought a new mini pump (with a foot-stand and pressure gauge to get up to about 100psi), however, in order to get a good seal you have to screw the pump-head onto the valve. The issue is, ...
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Trouble removing a(n old) 700x23c tire

I've been riding an early 90's Italian steel timetrialer (D'accordi TT0.9) for a few months, front tire has a slow leak that needs to be replaced. The problem is that I can't get the bead totally ...
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Tyre popped when going from 26 x 1.95 to 26 x 2.125

My wheel had 26 x 1.95 tyres. I bought 26 x 2.125 thinking it would fit. While fitting the new tyre, it bulged outside at one location and the tube also came out for about 7 inches. The tube is the ...
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Mercier road bike - biggest tire/wheel possible on frame

I have a fixed-gear/single-speed (Mercier Kilo TT; http://www.bikesdirect.com/products/mercier/kilott.htm#specs; http://www.cyclesmercier.com/geometry_tt.html) road bike with 700Cx23 tires; I'm ...
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Mystery flat keeps happening 3-5 times a week. Do I weigh too much for my tires?

This is a little embarrassing, so I hope no one makes fun of me lol ... But I am a big girl. I always have been. Very big frame, big shoulders, big head, hands and feet. My whole life I've been ...
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Tire size compatibility, 700x35c or 700x38c for original size 700x37c

I own this bike : speed 2012 ridgeback The tires are worn out and I have decided to buy schwalbe marathon plus (since I often had flat tire due to broken glass on bicycle paths in my town) The ...
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How to stop dealing with flat tires?

I have a very nice fixie bike, which I keep suffering from flat tires. I live in Bogota which is a city full of potholes in the road. I have been examining options to implement in order to have less ...
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back tire keeps going down

I have just bought a new bike and had it about a month now. I don't really know much about bikes but I do know how to repair an inner tube. I have had one puncture and just bought a new inner tube. ...
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What kind of tire will fit a Columbia touring 26 inch bicycle

I have a girls 26 inch Columbia touring bicycle, its old. It needs new tires, on the tires is the size of 26 x 1 3/8 inch. Yet, all tires at Walmart are too small to fit the rim. I even went to a 27 ...
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Rear brake pad clearance problem on '06 Specialized Langster

I have a 2006 Specialized Langster, size 50cm. I replaced the brake calipers years ago with older-style Shimano 105 single-pivot sidepull brakes. The brakes have never been very powerful. Worse yet, ...
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best tires for Cannondale Bad Boy 4

I'm just getting into biking and last week I just purchased a Cannondale Bad Boy 4 from REI. They still have it in the shop as I'm in the processing of moving and they agreed to hold onto it for me. ...
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Will my bike hold my weight?

I'm pretty heavy (~150kg/330lbs) but being fond of cycling in the past, I decided to buy a bike, and maybe try to lose a few kilos with it. I didn't have too much time for looking around, so I bought ...
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Cyclocross tyre patching problems, bulging inwards

I bought a new cyclocross bike, very good very handsome. 2 days ago I rode it on quite a rough road composed only from rocks. Two punctures (slow leaking ones, cause only realised after coming home 2 ...
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My rear disc brake makes noise when I ride fast

I have a full suspension mountain bike with disk brakes. When I ride fast, my rear disk brake starts to make a noise similar to the one you would hear when sharpening a knife. It happens when I ...
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Need to replace tire on Dahon folding bike

I bought a Dahon Vitesse D8 two years ago and it's lasted extremely well so far. Recently, the rear tire got a puncture and as my tires both looked pretty worn, I thought it might be time to look into ...
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Are 700x 28 x 32 x 35 tires interchangeable?

I have a cyclocross bike with Alex ATD 470 Disc rim with TCS (Tubeless Compatible System) currently mounted with Vittoria, Cross XN, 700 x 32c tires. However tires are a bit worn out and I want to be ...
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Tubular Glue vs Tubular Tape

I'm looking into going for tubular tyres and I'm new to this part of the world. As far as I understand there are two main options to mount the tyre: 1. Tube Glue which kind of a pain in the ass ...
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Hole in road bike tire

This is 700x25 continental Ultra Sport II I noticed there are two holes in both tires, and wonder if this is a manufacturing fault, or simply a wear indicator?
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Buying slicks for a cross bike

The whole rim/tire size thing baffles me. I have a Specialized cross bike that has DT Swiss rims (622x 14). The tires are Tracer Sport (700 x 33). I would like to get a pair of slicks for longer road ...
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Water in my back tire

I commute 17 miles to and from work each day on a road bike, and I recently picked up a puncture. This was no problem. However, on my ride to work this morning it was raining rather heavily and there ...
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Why did my tire fail?

Just got back from a ride. On my way back, my rear tire suffered from a side wall blow out. The area that went looks like it has been completely shredded. The area feels like it's been melted, with ...
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Am I too heavy for my road bike tires?

I am wondering if bike tires have a weight limit. I have to admit, I am a large guy at 6'3" 250lb (190 cm, 113,5 kg), and I have always had issues with my road bike's tires getting pinch flats. I ...
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How did bubbles form on my tire?

I was riding recently and kept hearing a noise similar to a rock stuck in a tread, but I have no tread. When I got off and inspected the tire, I found these weird bubbles had formed. I have ...
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What does the “c” in bicycle tire size mean?

For instance, in some cases I will see a particular bike tire listed as available in 700x25, 700x25c, 700c x 25, and 700 x 25mm. (Just picking out a number here, it could be 23, 25, 27, etc.) What, ...
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Max sizing for wheels and tires?

I was given an old 2006 Trek 1000 and I've been working on replacing everything. I just ordered a new Shimano Tiagra 4600 groupset last night and now I need to get wheels and tires. The bike ...
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Thinner tires for my Mountain Bike

I know little about all of this, so, go easy on me. I've got a mountain bike, fairly light in weight and rarely ever used for anything other than road use. The current tires say 58-559 / 26x2.35. Is ...
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What is the difference between a road bicycle tire size 700 x 23c and I 700 x 23 [duplicate]

I've been riding road bikes for years but really wasn't too aware that there appear to be two different tire sizes, for example a 23C and a 23. ( 700 x 23. And 700 x 23c )
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Converting my Giant Roam 3 into more of a road bike, while keeping its hybrid identity? [duplicate]

I am not rich so the budget is as low as possible. I use my bike for pleasure mostly as I am still a teenager. Of course I want speed, so I was wondering how well it would work if I changed the tires ...
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Replacing a 38c tire with 30c

I recently bought an Azor Opa style bike with 28x 1 1/2" (700 x 38c) tires that I want to switch out with something slimmer. Would going down to 30c present a problem for my wheel perhaps?
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How do I determine my wheel size

Would someone explain wheel sizes. If I am not mistaken, the wheels on my Trek 520 touring bike are 700C. There are no markings, and of course, no documentation of any kind. I assume 700 means 700mm, ...
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Unable to find correct tire size

Recently, I had a problem with the back rim (the axis) and the guy who repaired just replaced the rim. After few weeks I tried to repair a flat tire, but I found myself unable to remove the tire to ...
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Is it safe to ride on cracked tyre?

I have a cracked tyre on my Road bike. I think I put it in the gazebo and exposed it to the sun. It's cracking along the tyre wall, in continuous fashion. Would it be safe to ride on those crack ...
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Is it safe to ride a racing road bike in very wet weather?

I'm used to riding on a MTB, but since I've got a new road bike, I'm quite paranoid about the slick tyres. How good are they in wet weather? I'm scared of braking too hard, or even just turning!!
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What do I do if my bike won't pump with an air pump at all?

My bike tires will not pump up at all. I tried forever. I had this bike for a year and then it won't pump at all. I have a pump you stand on and use your 2 hands to pump. At first it was pumping air a ...
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How to tell if a new pair of brake calipers will fit my wheel, tire, and frame?

I have a Takara Kabuto. It has 700x32 tires (I don't really know what that means). I was looking at upgrading the brake calipers. I was looking at these, among others. How do I tell if they will ...