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

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What is the recommended type of tire for riding on wet pavement?

I am commuting in rainy Seattle, and the rain has started. Right now I have Continental Gatorskin tires on my commuter, but yesterday I noticed I was braking to stop the wheels and skidding quite a ...
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does a tire bead 'jack' work?

I'm having great difficulties getting a kevlar belted tire onto my rim (maybe I'm getting old). I had heard about the Kool-Stop tire bead jack as a possible alternative to using just my tire levers. ...
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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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Is it possible to glue or patch tire sidewalls?

This morning I discovered that my commuter folding bike had a bad flat tire, and I ran out to buy a new tube, no problem. I didn't notice until after I'd changed the tube that the tire sidewall was ...
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What's the best technique for removing a tyre from the rim?

This question talks about fitting a tyre back onto a rim, but I'd like to know how to get the tyre off in the first place. Especially if the tyre is very tight, or the dip in the middle of the rim ...
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How do you fix a puncture on tubeless tires?

I recently got a new bike with a set of tubeless compatible rims. The stock tires are clinchers with tubes. I'm thinking about putting tubeless on there, but I don't have any experience with them. We ...
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How is “correct” tire pressure related to tire volume?

I have a unicycle with a Surly Endomorph 26"x3.7" tire, and I've discovered that this tire rides best at significantly lower pressure than smaller tires. Even though I weigh ~110 kilos, I can ride ...
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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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How much does tire pressure affect the weight of the wheels

Kind of inspired by this question, but something I've been thinking about for a while. How much does the air in a bike tire weigh? Is it an appreciable amount? Is there a point where using a wider ...
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How can one prevent a tube from sticking to the inside of a tire?

I was cleaning my cruiser today, and as part of that I removed the tires from the rims to give them a good scrubbing. As sometimes happens, the tubes were stuck to the insides of the tires. (This also ...
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Why are most tyres black?

While looking for new tyres that would fit my bike from a design point of view, it turned out that none of my color wishes could be fulfilled. Most tyres on the market are black, with a handful of ...
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Does the inner tube affect the maximum PSI?

If I have road tires that have a recommended pressure of 110 PSI and maximum of 120 PSI can I safely pump my tires up to that level or does the inner tube effect the maximum? I currently have the ...
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Is it better to have mountain bike tyres for the winter?

I have a hybrid commuter bike that is more at the mountain bike end of the spectrum Currently I have slick road tyres on it. Is it a good idea to get mountain bike tyres on it to deal with the wet ...
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Fat or Skinny Tires for Winter Riding?

Fat or Skinny? I think the arguments are as follows: Fat: You can float on top of the snow and you don-t have to go through it. You have a larger contact patch with the ground. Skinny: Will ...
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Can I put 700c tires on rims made for 27 x 1.25"?

It's getting hard to find any selection for my old Avanti 12 speed. it currently uses 27 x 1.25 inch tires. Can I put 700c tires without needing to buy new rims?
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Buying a CO2 tyre inflater

I am thinking about buying a CO2 tyre inflater. I have never used one before and have 3 questions: Do they have enough pressure to get a road tyre up to full pressure (~100psi) When you use a ...
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Can I get smaller tires without changing my rims?

I currently ride a hybrid that came with 700x32c tires. Can I swap out a narrower tire without changing the rims, or do rims only fit a specific size of tire? How small can I go before I have to buy ...
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How to make studded tires

Has anyone ever made a set of studded tires? What did you use? I read about a method somewhere but I cannot recall where. I heard that you can: Drill/make a small hole through the tire Screw a ...
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What are the advantages of filling tires with Nitrogen instead of air?

I am completely new to riding bikes and know that are usually filled with air but nowadays some people fill them with Nitrogen instead. I don't know why they prefer to fill their tires with nitrogen ...
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Tubeless tyre pressure on 29er wheels?

I know that tyre pressure is a pretty subjective thing with many factors coming into play (tyre type, terrain etc.) but would I be able to run lower pressures for the same conditions on a 29er than on ...
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Is a tire patch kit really necessary for urban commute?

I'm cycling for urban commute, on well-maintained roads and bike paths, Vittoria Randonneur "puncture resistant" tires, and at no point on my ride am I more than 1/2 mile (usually within 1/4, I bet) ...
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Are fatbikes capable riding in mud?

Fatbikes are traditionally used for sand and snow which are surfaces which are loose and liable to break away under the weight of the bike and rider. They are also materials that don't generally stick ...
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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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Tire slips off the rim when inflated to 8bar

I bought new wheels for my roadbike (shimano wh-rs80 which have c24 alu/carbon rims). I was mounting tires on them yesterday and inflated them to 8 bar (~116 psi). After a few moments (30 seconds or ...
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How do I translate this tire description into English?

On my tire is printed the following: 25-622 (28 x 1.00 - 700x25c) 6.8-8.0 Bar, 85-115 psi I think I know what some of this means but am not sure. BTW, this came standard on my 2012 Cannondale ...
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Can I use an inner tube that's too narrow for the tyre?

I recently got a puncture and when I went to replace the inner tube I discovered that I'd bought the wrong size tube. My tyre is 700 x 40c, the tube is 700 x 28-35c. What is likely to happen if I use ...
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When are studded tires necessary?

Aside from racing or riding across a frozen pond, under what conditions do you find studded tires useful? I have never used them, and the worst I have had to do is take a day off when it is really ...
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How do treads affect traction?

I've read that treads don't affect traction very much. This is why NASCAR cars have smooth tires. But, the road is not clean. They say you can't hydroplane on a bike, but what about a thin patch of ...
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Any alternative use for old mountain bike tyres and inner tube?

I have recently changed the original tyres and inner tube of my 15 year old Specialized Rockhopper. They were starting to deteriorate and I got punctures almost every time I took it on gravel paths. ...
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Do rollers ruin tires?

I started using aluminum rollers to ride indoors this winter and noticed streaks left on the tires. I've also seen tires specifically advertised for use with rollers. I'm wondering whether using ...
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Is it a good idea to get a narrower front tire and a wider rear tire on a road bike?

I am currently running Continental Grand Prix S 4000 in 23-622 / 700x23C front and rear. I am about to buy a new set of tires for my road bike and am fancying a smaller tire for the front and a wider ...
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How to decode tread patterns?

I'm searching for new tires for my MTB, but I'm lost with the many options available, even within a single brand (like Maxxis). Under "Mountain" category alone, Maxxis lists 22 diferent tires, every ...
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How to remove dried vulcaniser from cotton clothes?

Months ago I changed a tyre on my utility bicycle in street clothes. An unfortunate set of vulcanising stains are now on street clothes I'd like to wear more often. How do I remove dried vulcaniser ...
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Is rubber cement in stationery stores the same as in tire patch kits?

Is the rubber cement that you can buy at the stationery shop: the same as what's in the little tubes of cement that come with your patch kit:
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Slow leak on front cruiser tire

I ride my cruiser to the supermarket and back, using either a trailer or a basket over the front wheel for carrying groceries. The bike has developed a persistent slow leak on the front wheel, and I'...
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What road bike tire pressure is best for speed?

Is the maximum tire pressure always the fastest on a road bike? I've seen the Michelin chart on tire pressure from another question ("What pressure should I run my Road Bike tyres at?"), but they don'...
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Why does my back tyre wear so much more quickly than the front?

Identical tyres, identical rims, minimal braking on the back wheel, no skids, properly inflated at least once a fortnight to manufacturer's recommended pressure. Why does the back one wear out more ...
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Mixing different front and rear tires

My used bike came with different front and rear tires. It appears to have some kind of Kenda commuter tire in the front, and Continental Country Ride in the rear. They are both the same size (700x28). ...
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How do you deal with flats in the winter?

I was lucky last winter I went the entire winter without getting a flat. I attribute it mostly to: sharp items on the road being hidden under snow and ice less agressive riding resulting in no ...
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Can you run a standard tyre on a tubeless rim?

I have some new tubeless MTB rims and I'd like to avoid buying new tyres for them. The tyres are reasonably sturdy (Continental Race King Protection - 4 plies / total 240tpi) and I have sealant. As I ...
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Ice tires for winter commuting on non-icy roads?

Can a tire like the Schwalbe Marathon Winter be used for winter-long commuting (40 km/day) on roads which are mostly or usually not icy? I might want the studs occasionally (and lower the air ...
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Could I switch tires on an MTB to tires with less friction if I mostly use the MTB in a city environment?

I thought MTBs were OK to use in the city but the friction from the tires seem to hold the bike back more than other tires would. I got a mountain bike (Scott) and it's less than optimal on flat ...
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Fix / clean or throw away tire with 30+ thorn punctures?

I recently rode through a horrible thorn patch. I came out with 2 flat tires. Upon examination, I found that the tube was punctured in 10+ places. Throw away. The tire has 30+ small thorns in it. ...
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Do narrow tires puncture more frequently?

Does a narrow bicycle tire puncture more often, or does it requires more attention regarding its maintenance and servicing?
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When is a good time to change tyres due to age?

When should I consider changing tyres due to age? The tyres in question are five/six years old Continentals.
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Which tires are best for on and off road use?

My tires are worn out so I want to change them. When I am trying to change them, I want them to be to the best fit for the conditions I cycle in. I cycle about 30 km a day on roads ranging from ...
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How seriously should I take the maximum pressure rating of my cyclocross rims?

I own a very nice cyclocross bike that I use for daily commuting. It is currently fitted with relatively wide cyclocross tires (Continental Cyclocross Race 35-622) that I inflate to 4 bar (58 psi). ...
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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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Studded tires for small wheels

I'd it possible to purchase 16" studded tires? I have an old Dahon I use as a winter bike, and I'd like to replace the tires with proper snow tires if this is possible. If not, has anyone here ...
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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 time-...