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

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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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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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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 ...
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Forward thinking for riding through winter

Yes I know it is mid-August and Winter is not here yet, far from it. I am just thinking way forward on how I will be able to do my daily 18 km commute in the Winter weather of Paris (yes, it's not a ...
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Why did my tire just blow up?

I finished a 2 hour bike ride outside today, and I parked it next to the wall in my kitchen after I got home. 3-4 hours later... all the sudden the front tire just "blew up". What happened? Thanks!
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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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Bought slightly too big outer tube - options?

I've had good experience in the past with riding a racing bike with cross-bike outer tube (grip, protection against flats) in the city. So I bought similiar outer tubes again for my new racing bike. ...
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Is it okay to use mismatching tires? [duplicate]

I own a Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick 700x23 and a Conti GP4000S 700x25. What do you guys think about: mounting different tires on a bike? which tire should go where? The Vittoria has around 200 miles ...
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What is the right (best) bike for me? [closed]

RE: Disabled Vet, out of condition and trying to buy a bike I started biking back in 1985 and have been out of biking almost 20 years. I was fairly savvy on the equipment of the day. It's changed ...
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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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Could I have damaged the bearings/cone when replacing a tire? Front wheel wobbles side to side

Last evening I installed new tires on my bicycle. The front wheel now wobbles side to side. I notice a small movement about 1-2 mm near the hub/axle cone. I checked to see if the skewer is all the ...
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Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick Road Tire [closed]

I've been riding an ancient set of Conti Ultra Races and get flats every 100 miles or so. What do you guys think of the Vittoria Rubino Pro Slick Road Tire? The Contis were 25mm and I'm thinking of ...
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Sounds like there is stickiness on my tire, but there isn't!

I noticed starting yesterday my front tire has been making a strange sound. It sounds like there is a small piece of tar stuck to the front tire and it makes a faint noise of sticking and unsticking ...
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Different locations of C in tire sizes

As I understand from this question, the C in tire sizes (when expressed in metric format) is just a historical thing, and should be ignored. As I understood, also, tire sizes expressed in the ISO ...
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How long should a road tyre hold its pressure?

How long should a road tyre be able to maintain a pressure of around 100psi, and what factors are likely to reduce this time? Background: My tyre pressures are consistently dropping to around 60psi ...
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Are there road bike tires invulnerable to popping?

I am a mountain biker now living in Minneapolis and so I bought a road bike, but I can't keep tires on it to save my life. I 'upgraded' to Continental Attack/Force tires, got a glass shard in the ...
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What could cause a tyre to deform in this way?

I have been riding my bike about 450 miles and following the last ride I noticed the tyre had deformed. I'm riding them at 110 psi, just before the deformation you can see a skid mark. Could it have ...
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MTB tires: why the extended thread on the edges?

I have tires similar to this one: My point is that the tire is quite "flat", with large knobs on the edges, unlike most MTB tires, which are round. The tires feel quite unstable on any hard surface ...
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Hybrid bike how much should I inflate tyres

Hi I just bought a hybrid bike btwin riverside 3. It has 28 inch tires and weights 15kgs. My weight is 75kg. How much should I inflate my tires. And how often should I refill?
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What are pinch flats?

Also known as a snakebite or pinch cut, a pinch flat is a common term among the bicycling community for a certain type of puncture — but what exactly defines one? What causes pinch flats? What helps ...
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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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I have a foreign bike, and don't know what pressure to pump it to

I have this old bike, I assume it's Italian from what I've been told by the former owner, and a Google search, but some parts say "Made in France" and "Made is Switzerland", etc... The tires are very ...
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Is there a difference in having tires filled with CO² vs Air?

When you fill your tire with a CO² cartridge you are obviously putting CO² into it. When you use a pump you are putting air into it. Are there significant temperature variations that may lead to poor ...
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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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What type of tires have tubes inside?

Don't judge me as stupid just yet, I'm not sure if mine's a tubular or tubeless tire but everyone says tubular tires are glued to the metal wheel. However, mine isn't. It consists of a smooth, ...
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Are front and rear tires on BMX bikes interchangeable?

what is the difference between a front tyre and a back tire and would it matter if they was both front tyres or both back tyres on a BMX bike?
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Twisted front tyre

After fixing a front wheel puncture and refitting the inner tube and tyre I noticed that the tyre was slightly twisted on the wheel rim. I put the wheel back on the bike and spun it to make sure the ...
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Avoiding road tires which collect grit

One of my tires (the front) was replaced recently, and I notice that it picks up grit (i.e. tiny, sand-sized debris) much more easily than the cheap stock tire (still on the rear) that came with the ...
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Are slick tires worth it for commuting?

I commute to work on a Marin San Rafael on roads over a mix of flat to steep roads. My bike came with "700 x 35c with Puncture Protection" semi-slick tires: In the bike shed at work I noticed ...
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Do tires with worn sidewalls need to be replaced?

My bike needs a bit of a tune up, particularly the tires since the back tube has a hole in it. The rims on the bike are 26"x1.5" and the current tires are 26"x2" and both have great tread, but the ...
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Is there a way to fill your tires with nitrogen?

I know this is a rather controversial issue. I was skeptical as well before doing this on my car, and I have not refilled my car tires for several months. Before that I needed to adjust the pressure ...
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What caused diagonal cuts in the sidewalls of my tire?

I noticed some strange damage on my rear tire, where there appear to be diagonally cuts going around the entire wheel. I have no idea what might have caused this damage. I first saw it a few months ...
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How to replace a tube with only one quick stick?

So what is the correct number of quick sticks to swiftly change the tube? I had always thought that the answer is of course 2, but : I can do it twice as fast with one Quik Stick as you can with a ...
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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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What is the width of Giant CR41, 32-hole rims

I'm tuning up a 2010 Giant TCX 2 which has Giant CR41, 32-hole rims as the only information I can find. There's nothing printed on the rims themselves either. Right now it's using the 700 x 35c Kenda ...
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When not in use, How should I store my tubeless tires?

I have a bike setup with tubeless mountain bike tires. I tend to ride about 20-25 PSI. How should I store my tubeless tires? Does it matter what pressure I store the tires at between rides? Should ...
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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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exploding inner tubes [closed]

Once is happenstance, twice is a coincidence... I just patched my inner tube, rode the bike a bit, parked it in the sun, and about an hour later --BOOM! the tube exploded tearing a 4" gash near the ...
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Rim width / tire section tolerance?

I have a Mavic Open Pro rim in 700 diameter. The manufacturer recommends tire widths between 19 and 28 mm : http://www.mavic.com/en/product/rims/road-triathlon/rims/Open-Pro How strict is this ...