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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do road tubeless tyres lose air faster?

I just replaced my rear wheel with a road tubeless (Bontrager RL TLR). Was lucky to have the bike shop installed the tyre, took two blokes to put it on the rim. Anyway, my second ride was a couple 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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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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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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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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How can I repair a tyre with a deep cut?

I have some foldable racing tyres, still with plenty of tread but with some small cuts through the tread & cloth. Can I do anything to them or are they destined for the bin?
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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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Name for the thing attached to spokes to remove tires?

Some properties: it is good to have it plastic so it won't break the inner tire it is size is about 10cm*2cm*0.5cm at maximum, a small thing you will attach them to spokes so you can change tire you ...
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If I can't find the hole causing a flat tire, do I need to replace the tube?

My back tire got flat. If I pump it up now, it can hold the air for about 30 minutes to an hour before it's totally flat. I took out the inner-tube yesterday, pump in a bit air and put it into water, ...
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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 ...
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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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Is this a puncture protection thing?

I got a vintage bike to commute with (I wanted a heavy one for the exercise) and I was hoping for a flat so I would have an excuse to spend money on a puncture resistant street tire to replace the ...
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Mountain bike tires vs. road tires - from crushed limestone to pavement

I've had my mountain bike for three summers now and I love it. I bought it for the ability to ride on different terrains and build endurance. Since my primary goal is weight loss and cardiovascular ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Do wider tires wear better?

I'm interested in road bike tires and how width affects how long they last. It seems common-sense that a wider tire would wear better, as there's simply more of it to "spread" the wear, but I'd like ...
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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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How to remove branding from tire?

I have bought a new tire. It has big white labeling on each side which I don't like. Do you know any method to remove this white text from the tire?
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Riding a bike on a tilted road

I have a dutch city bike (similar to the one shown below) with broad tires that I use for commuting short distances. When traveling on roads with a slight tilt (left to right, perpendicular to the ...
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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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What is the widest tyre that you can get away with, on a standard road bike?

In general, what is the widest tyre that you can get away with, on a standard road bike (with dual pivot brakes)? Edit: I have a Campagnolo Eurus wheelset.
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Does tire pressure matter when the bicycle is in the trainer?

I keep my bicycle on a trainer in a 'cool' room during the winter months. The tires don't seem to maintain pressure after days of non use. Does this matter, and should I be checking/filling the ...
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Winter Tires with removed studs as Summer Tires?

I have just a set of summer tires in very poor condition and a huge heap of studded winter tires. Selling winter tires is very hard so I got an idea to use the winter tires as summer tires with ...
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Do I need to patch my tubed-tire if I have a puncture?

I have about a 2 mm gash around the outside of my tire from a piece of brown glass. It gave me a slow leak and while I've patched the tube, do I need to do anything about the tire itself?
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Do studded tires make less than ideal railroad crossings worse?

I'm considering getting studded tires, but I'm concerned about a portion of my commute. I go down this road both directions: 39° 40.468', -84° 14.340'. This 2 lane narrow road has 2 railroad ...
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How to determine tyre pressure for trail descents?

I ride XC for recreation: trails, dirt roads, gravy roads, some rock beds. The bike has a hard-tail frame with, 80mm travel fork and 2.10 inch tires. I have noticed that pumping the tires a lot makes ...
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How long is it safe to store new tires before they degrade in quality?

I bought some road tires that were made for flat resistance, but within two months, the sidewalls on both got damaged to the point where I was getting repeated blowouts. I wrote to the manufacturer, ...
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Hard fork and low tire pressure or viceversa?

With mountain bikes, what do you think is more efficient: highly preloading the fork and using low tire pressure or having a "bouncy" fork and hard tire pressure? I like to have the fork with quite a ...
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How are tire sizes measured?

I tried getting a good measurement with my caliper, but the flexibility of the tire doesn't help much. Let's say I have a 26"x2.125" tire. I know this fits on an ISO 559mm bead seat diameter rim, and ...
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Which endurance tires for touring?

I got a recommendation from an experienced tourer to switch to Schwalbe Marathon Plus endurance tires during summer and Schwalbe Spike something during winter. I like the Marathon Plus tires, despite ...