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

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Using a much heavier rear tyre than in the front

For the last 3 years I've been using light (800grams) tyres front and rear. Since I've been having too many rear tyre pinch flats (tried everything: high PSI, tubeless, heavy duty tubes) I'd like to ...
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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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What are advantages and disadvantages of CO2 inflators over frame pumps?

I have a frame pump that I've used on the road when replacing flats, but I always see CO2 inflators advertised at bike shops. Are they worthwhile for the potential weight savings?
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Does valve stem diameter matter for my rims?

Got an old bike that I restored some time ago, and the original tubes literately burst on me today (I knew I should have replaced them long ago, they are probably 10 years old) and now I have some ...
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What purpose do the rubber 'hairs' have on new tyres?

Up close you can see at least three 'hairs' of rubber from this picture from the side of my tyre: Why do they exist? I've heard they are just a bi-product of the manufacturing process.
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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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Why no tires made of Vibram?

Top-notch mountain trekking shoes are advertised as having Vibram soles. They are supposed to be durable and have superior traction on wet stones, mud etcsetra. This is what we want from na mtb tire, ...
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At what slope will the best bikes keep a constant speed?

At what slope will the best bikers (in terms of aerodynamics) on the best bikes roll at a constant speed at 80 km/h on an asphalt surface on a dry day? The reason for this question is because it gives ...
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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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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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Can I put a road bike tyre on a mountain bike? [duplicate]

I am finding it difficult to ride a Mountain bike, I feel that it may be more comfortable to change the tyre to that of a road bike, which are thinner in size. Please advise if I can do so.
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Can a 2012 Carrera Vulcan run 26 x 2.25 tires?

I'm looking to replace my tires. Currently I have the standard 26x2.1 tires that came with the bike and am looking to replace them with a set of 26x2.25, could this be done?
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Tire feedback when cornering

So I bought a Continental Der Kaiser (similar to this one) and the peripheral knobs are pure magic. When I shift my weight slightly to the side, the central thread disengages and the peripheral ...
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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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What tire should I put on my road/commuter bike to prepare for a New York winter?

I have a road/commuter bike (Specialized Tricross) I use for commuting daily in New York City. The roads here can be quite harsh, with everything from leaves and branches to glass and potholes. The ...
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Can heavy tires handle anything that the trail can offer?

I got a Slash and it came with Bontager XR4 Ellite tires. The same evening at the park I had a puncture. Turned out the offender was a thorn to the sidewall (I rode through some cut off and now dry ...
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slow bike…is it the chain?

I have two Specialized Langster (one brand new 2013 model (54 cm) and the other a couple of years old unique London model (52 cm)) - both are single speed. Got sick of getting punctures on my daily ...
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How wide of tires can I run on a Victory Vision road bicycle?

I'm new to road bicycles, sorry if this question is beat to death. What I'm wondering is what to measure as far as frame clearance, rim width, etc. to put the 'widest tires that will fit' on my road ...
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What could have caused this flat?

Today I encountered a puncture. I pulled the tube, ran my fingers around the inside and outside of the tire carefully looking for the offending object, found nothing, so concluded it was probably a ...
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Significant difference between 28C and 32C tires?

I have a Schwinn Sporterra 2011. It has a 622x20 rim and the default tires are 700x38C. I'm thinking of "upgrading" to thinner tires. Now, my local cycle shop has Specialized tires that are 32C. ...
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What kind of road tyres should I go for winter commuting? [duplicate]

I currently have kevlar vittorio rubbino tyres on my road bike, but they don't have enough grip for the oncoming uk winter conditions. What level of tyre tread do I need for road commuting on uk ...
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Are tubular tires still used today?

I bought an older second-hand racing bike, which has tubular tires mounted. I went to a bike shop and wanted to buy a spare tubular tire, but they told me: Wow, such an old bike! No, we don't have ...
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What are the benefits of 700c23 tires?

23s come on almost all new road bikes, and tire selection is much better for 23s than other tire sizes at most shops. The benefits of 25s and 28s are a better ride, more traction, and are more flat ...
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Definitive reference for tire widths?

Is there a reference/source/method for definitively determining the width of a bicycle tire without actually having it in hand? I ride a 2009 Jamis Aurora which came stock with 32 mm Vittoria ...
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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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Tires for 28' city bike (622x19C) to reduce rolling resistance?

I've got a simple city bike that needs some new tires. The bike has been fairly hard to ride lately, and I would like to speed it up a bit. The rims are 28' 622x19C, the current tires are 47mm or ...
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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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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 tire I can fit on my 32c wheels?

I have Shimano WH RS30 rims which are 700c x 32. I would like to use a beefy 35c tire. Is that too much width for my rims? (My forks and brakes are wide enough to handle a 42c) Thank you.
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Continental 4Seasons vs 4000S

I am currently riding Conti GP4000S tyres, in 700x23mm version, inflated at 115 psi. The grip is great, the (light)weight is amazing. I have punctured twice with them (in 1500 km) which is more that ...
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mountain bike switching tyres I get a puncture, why, am i doing something wrong?

I have a mountain bike with 2 sets of tyres, a road set and off road set, when I switch between them about 1 in 3 times I seem to get a puncture, and I can't see why? I've gone though 4 innertubes ...
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Different tire and rim widths front and back - Why? Should I replace one?

I just bought a Trek 7.2 hybrid bike on Ebay and got the surprise (didn't read the listing closely!) that the front and back tires and rims are different widths. I am wondering if I should give it a ...
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Source of John Deere line of children bicycle tires?

My son's bike is 12 inch children bike with the John Deere tractor theme to it. Aside from the paint, this line of kids bikes have some rather beefy, large square knobby tires. As with any ...
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Metal or plastic levers?

What are the advantages of buying plastic over metal tire levers? (or vice versa). Which ones are easier to use?
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Which tires should I buy for an old road bike?

I am upgrading an old road bike, which has Reynolds 531 tubing. (just to date it for you!) I know the wheel dimensions: 700 x 28c, and have found several sets of tires, but am unsure which to choose. ...
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How do I know which size and type of rim strip to buy?

I have a Gary Fisher mountain bike. I was changing the tube in my rear tire. The rim strip (rubber lining around the wheel to protect the tube from the spokes) had moved a bit so I went to adjust it ...
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What kind of bike should i get to accomodate me?

I'm a plus sized female (about 135 kg, 295lb, 5'7") from NYC and I'm looking to get into bike riding again. I haven't ridden a bike since I was about 12 years old and I loved it. I'm looking to ...
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Should inner tube have excess length?

I've recently changed the default 700x35 tires and 35mm Schrader inner tube to 700x25 slicks with 25mm Presta inner tubes. However whilst fitting the new tire and inner tube, I noticed that the inner ...
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Leaking Slime inner tube valve after opened for first time since install

I put some extra air in my rear mountain bike tyre yesterday. It uses the SLIME inner tube. It wasn't flat nor had a puncture, I was just topping it up to make the tyre a bit harder. I cycled to work ...
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Puncture-proof 20" tires?

A friend is about to buy a second-hand Dahon Vitesse D7HG with the usual 20" wheels. Since she knows nothing about bike mechanics, doesn't want to learn, and that bike has a Nexus 7 hub gear system, ...
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Waht is the difference between Shwalbe's Basic compound and Performance compound tyres?

Schwalbe produces a wide range of tyres. Their "Basic compound" tyres are twice cheaper than the same model but with "Performance compound". Anyone have user experience with the two product lines? ...
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Why did my tire explode?

Been running a set of quite nice slicks at 120-140 PSI for a couple of months. Might have done 400-600 km on the bike in that time. Tonight the rear tire exploded while the bike was sitting in my ...
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Does the value of an old bicycle depreciate if old tires replace with new ones?

I have a 1969 Columbia Newsboy Special that I have had for many years and I have never replaced the tires. Got the bike out of the garage and pumped up the tires to ride and the front tire poped. Rear ...
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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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Tire size / rear dropout incompatibility?

Recently my commuter bike (cannondale quick 5) was stolen, so I decided to get an old road bike off of craigslist - a '91 specialized sirrus triple. The guy I bought it from had bought it new, used ...
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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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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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Do tubeless tires offer significant benefits for a cyclocross bike?

I've been using tubeless tires with great success on my mountain bike for a year or so, and the time is here to replace the wheels on my cross bike. I was thinking of getting another pair of stan's ...
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What is an 'Open Tubular' tire?

I've seen several manufacturers, like challenge, offering what they call an 'Open Tubular' tire. How is this different from a standard clincher tire?
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Why the narrow wheels on comfort bikes?

Assumptions: With city bikes (comfort bikes, like the one on the picture below) weight is not a priority for the design. City bikes use narrow tires For the same pressure, a narrow tire exhibits ...