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

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Flat tire: white liquid inside the tube

I got a flat tire, kind of a big hole in the inner tube. It was raining a lot so I walked home through the rain and water puddles, and everything got wet. Now I want to patch the inner tube, but ...
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Is it normal to wear out the rear tire with in a few months when using a trainer?

Early this year I attached my bicycle to a trainer, around the December time frame of 2011. The rear tire and inner tuber where shot by March of 2012. Riding about 24 Miles per week. Is this normal ...
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Gash where valve meets tire tube; How could this happen, and can I fix it?

I'm fairly new to bicycling; apologies if this is a standard question but I couldn't figure out how to phrase it to search for it elsewhere. I ride a KHS Urban-X with Kenda Kwest tires (just what it ...
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Tyres self-deflating after being in storage

I recently took an old Brompton bicycle out of storage after several years. The tyres were deflated (unsurprisingly) so I pumped up the inner tube to check for punctures. I couldn't find any obvious ...
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Self-made studded tyre with glue?

Can I glue circular pieces of some sort of uneven tiny metal heads, on every other knob of my mountain bike tyre, to bike in winter with snow and ice? If glue sounds too naive to some, there are some ...
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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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Front tire/disc brake question

Is it normal my disc rubbing with no tightened QR and to stop when I tighten it? Or it should not rubbing both times...?(Because now when I tighten the QR the disc starts rubbing in one of the pads. ...
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difficulty inflating my bike tire

When trying to inflate my bike tire, I pump maybe 5 times then it gets difficult for me to pump because the handle is hard to pump?
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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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Tire casing appears damaged

The casing of my back tire appears to be damaged. There is one spot where it is torn, and the tire bulges out when the it is inflated. I want to know what causes this so that I don't do the same thing ...
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Fundamental principles of tire friction for off-road biking

This is a two-part question. I've been watching various videos and getting various advice about mountain bike cornering. My impression is that all of the advice cannot be true, because the advice, ...
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New 26“ inner tube different size to old 26” inner tube

The new 26" MTB inner tube is much bigger than my 26" wheel (and old 26" MTB inner tube). I don't understand why. How to shopcorrectly for new tube? The bike is 1990s Raleigh mountain bike. Edit: ...
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Bead Separated from Fabric

The metal bead on my tire seems to have come out of the fabric in one spot, and so the tire no longer stays in the rim. Is it possible to fix this, or do I need to get a new tire?
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Need I mount my wheel flush to the top of my fork ends?

Using 28c tires with a recently purchased carbon fork, I found I had only ~1mm of tire clearance from the top of the brake caliper. However, if I mount my wheel slightly lower in my fork ends so that ...
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Have I damaged my tyres?

I noticed after mounting some new tyres that part of the side wall, just above the bead, seems to have been damaged while I was fitting them (see photos below). These tyres were especially difficult ...
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What's the cause of this tyre cut?

I am using Schwalbe lugano 700*25C for commuting, it's a almost brand new tyre with less than 500km. Recently I am starting to find some cuts around 1cm on my the tyre thread. Does anyone know what's ...
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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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What is the largest hole a tire can bear before replacement?

Saw this question today. The tire in question has a 2cm long hole on the inside, from a knife. I sometimes get puncture flats from e.g. glass. Never as big as 2cm. Usually if they're less than 1/2cm,...
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Tire Repair / Maintenance

This question, What's the cause of the tyre cut, got me wondering if there is anything that can, or should, be done to repair small cuts in the tread of a tire. As I was looking at the damage to the ...
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Inflated tire partially slipped off rim, can I fix without deflating?

There is a ~3" portion of my back tire that is no longer within the rim walls on one side. It's an older bike but in fairly good condition. The tires had just been replaced by a professional and I put ...
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After fall bicycle feels really slippery

I fell pretty bad this winter, and after that (even now without a trace of snow where I live) I feel the bike really slippery, mostly the front wheel. Riding on slightly uneven surfaces makes me feel ...
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replaced tire, now wheel flexes side to side

I have an 85 Raleigh that until yesterday had never had its rear tire replaced over the life of the bicycle. Before I replaced it, the wheel seemed fairly stiff. I don't know if the old tire was so ...
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Back wheel skidding out

On my cycle to work this morning I noticed my back wheel was skidding out as I was going up a fairly steep hill. It did it enough that I thought I'd probably gotten a flat, however upon inspection it ...
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How tight should your stem valve nut be?

I just got new schrader valve tubes that have the rim fitting nut on them. Since this question has not been asked on here before, what is the proper tension that the nut should meet the rim? My ...
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What to check after blowing tire off rim

Recently, after mis-reading "35-65 PSI" on a tire sidewall as "35-85 PSI" (in retrospect the unusually huge range should have tipped me off), I inflated a tire rated for 65PSI max to 80PSI. A few ...
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Road Bike Tire Throwing Rocks

I recently purchased a road bike after having ridden a dutch style bike for over a year and a half. The roads that I ride on have the usual gravel and dirt on them but every now and then my road bike ...
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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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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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Do good tires lessen the chances of your innertube bursting?

I have only bought my bike for a month and a half and within this time span, my innertube actually burst 4 times. The bike itself is relatively cheap so I doubt that the tires are of good quality. I ...
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Thinking of putting wider tires on intro Scattante w330…thoughts?

I'm buying a used Scattante 44cm w330 with starter components and I'm fairly new to biking/commuting by bike. My commute to work is fairly short, but its through a busy downtown area. I'm not so ...
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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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Can outer tyre (casing) punctures/cuts be fixed?

My flatmate got his tyre stabbed. With a knife, it seems. (The bike was tied to a staircase railing in the building and was obviously in some maniac's way. Though there was plenty of room around. And ...
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Rear wheel sliding/slipping on turns?

When I take turns, my rear wheel is sliding to the outside of the turn. I'm riding a 2012 Norco Heart, brand new stock tires, single-speed. I'm not carrying much weight, or taking turns too tightly. ...
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Tubeless tire looses air through weld of rim

I have the DT Swiss X1700 Spline 29″ with the Schwalbe RockRazor 2.35" PaceStar on my pre built Bike which are tubeless. After about 100 km the tire now looses air through the weld very fast. I ...
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What kind of portable pump should I carry when riding on a fat bike?

However, I just got a fat bike with 4.5in tires. I know that my portable hand pump takes a long time to pump mountain bike tires due to it being optimized for high pressure / low volume. What type of ...
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What's the shelf life of tublar tires?

I have a set of tubular Continental Sprinter Gatorskin (28" x 22mm) that have been sitting in the box on the floor for close to four years. They look fine, but I'm worried that they won't last long ...
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Durable and Affordable 20" wheel and tire combo for Bicycle trailer?

I purchased an Aosom trailer a while back, and the wheels and tires are truly horrible. So much so I only run light loads now. I'm looking for 20" wheels that are either double wall alloy or ...
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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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How to clean and brighten reflective wall tires

I have a set of Continental Touring tires with the white reflective stripe on the sidewalls, and they get pretty dirty with road and brake grime. Normally I would clean with car soap and water but ...
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Sudden tyre deflation with no puncture

At the start of my ride yesterday I was passing through town slowly and crossed a section of cobble stones (just a line running across the tarmac). I managed to hit the one cobble sticking out of the ...
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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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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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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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Proper tubular tire installation

I'm trying to install a new tubular tire once again. The problem is every time I do this I always get it wrong because I always have this area (let's say 10-15cm each way) around the tire's valve that ...
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Puncture-proof 20" tires? [closed]

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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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 a higher proportion of the rider's ...
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How much does rider weight increase tire pressure?

When a person sits on a bike, the air pressure in the tires must go up because of the additional weight. With 100 PSI in 700x23 tires on a riderless bike, what is the air pressure when a 100 lb rider ...
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I cannot go 30 miles without a flat. I can't figure out what the problem is

I have Mavix CXP-12 wheels (20mm). I have relatively new Freedom ThickSlick 23mm Tires on the wheels. I've been using these inner tubes: Meetlocks® 700x18-23c. I weigh 165 lb. I just keep getting ...
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Are 32mm tires ideal for a fast commuter bike?

I am considering a faster bike to replace my XC for commuting. I am thinking hybrid/cross/road bike with wider tires. My question is whether 28mm tires are enough or if I should go with 32mm like Trek ...
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Should I get wider tyres/tires for my tour if I'm not going to go off-road?

I'm going to do a ten-day long tour down the west coast of New Zealand. I'll have some luggage in rear panniers, but no tent (staying with friends and in backpackers accommodation). There'll be a fair ...