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

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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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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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Deformed/uneven/bumpy wheel/tire/tube, how to diagnose or repair?

My bike has a deformation in the rear wheel, almost surely not due to the rim. At some point the tire has a "valley", causing it to bump instead of rolling smoothly. I'd like to understand if I have ...
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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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Homemade Tubeless Tires

As I was browsing Youtube for cycling related videos, this one on making your own tubeless setup caught my eye. The procedure is essentially as follows: Clean a standard rim (not for tubeless ...
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What are the consequences of riding a bicycle tire backwards?

When putting a new tire on a bicycle, there is usually a note somewhere on the sidewall showing the direction the tire is supposed to rotate when you are on the bicycle. However, the last time I ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Anti-puncture options

I ride my bike to work. But every time I get a flat tire, my schedule is messed up because bike shops are not easily available on my town. Is there any other option besides puncture-proof tires?
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Air compressor to fill up to 60 PSI

I am looking for an air compressor and wish to get one which is not under or over powered. I am looking at one in a catalogue which has the following attributes: 40 Litres/min free air delivery 1hp ...
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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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What direction of rotation should I mount my tyre?

I have a panaracer rampage tyre which I have mounted on my front wheel. This tire has knobs in the centre tread which have a ramp on one side. The tyre does not have a direction of rotation marked ...
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Is a Roadie with wider tyres still faster then a MTB with slicks?

I need a new bike, but I´m in a dilema on which too choose, because my rides involve 4 kinds of pavement: smooth cycle ways, cobblestone, ok city roads and rough city roads. Was thinking just to keep ...
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When to replace a tire?

I was repairing a flat on my rear tire today and noticed that the tire has started developing a flat area on the tread (see the photo below, it is the one on the right). The tire is a Continental ...
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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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A general explanation of rim, tire and tube specifications

My bike's manufacturer page specifies that it has a rim size of 700CX14GX36H. It provides a tire size of 7X28C. It also mentions that it uses high performance 700C tires, which I think is also ...
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Tyre Rubber Classifications

I was looking through a bike catalogue at one of the high-end road bikes (a $6000 Giant Propel) and I couldn't help but notice that this bike is advertised with specific tyres for front and rear ...
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Frequent flats with Michelin Pro3's

Since switching from the Michelin Pro2's to the new Pro3's I've experienced an increase in puncture flats. Nothing has else has really changed in riding style or conditions. The Pro3 ride much ...
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Road bike tires that are ok on sand

I've got an old Trek 1200 road bike circa 1995 with down tube shifters and mostly original components. These days, I mostly ride it on my summer vacation on Martha's Vineyard where most of the riding ...
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Front tire skidding, resulted in a crash, any advice?

I have been cycling my whole life, and for about a year I have been doing 25km a day, without any problems. I got new Vittoria Rubino 23s tires a few weeks ago and I had no problems for 3 weeks since, ...
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Does the rear tyre carry more weight than the front tyre?

As I'm riding my bike, it looks as if the rear tyre is carrying more weight than the front tyre: The rear tyre looks more squished downwards, even though both are equally well-inflated. This I think ...
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Armadillo's or Kevlar Inserts?

So, I've had at least two flat tires on my way to work. Therefore, I'm tempted to splurge on a pair of Specialized Armadillo's (not the elites...) However, I am not a particularly skilled rider. I ...
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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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Can I fit a 32-630 tire on a 20-622 rim?

I know that the width difference might present problems later on, but if I understand correctly then it should be possible. The bike isn't meant to be used in high performance circumstances, just the ...
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Should I be able to peel off a glued tire patch?

One of the things that I've noticed with the low-cost tube patch kit that I bought is that I'm able to catch an edge of the glued patch with my knife or fingernail and peel the patch off the tube like ...
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Tire Tread Worn out Very Fast

9 months ago I bought a Cruiser bike for riding around my neighborhood, and over that time the tread has worn out completely to the point you can see the cream surface that the interior of the tire ...
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Small Tear in Michelin Pro4 Tire, Does It Need To Be Replaced?

Got back from a bike ride and noticed a small tear on the sidewall of my tire. I'm wondering if I can just seal it with some Goo Gone or do I need to replace the tire. I do have spares lying around so ...
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Brakepads are burning tyres out

I have a Jamis Allegro Sport Hybrid (6 months old) and has gone about 400 miles so far. Today I had an accident (in the UK) because the rear tyre got punctured after hitting a good size pothole. I ...
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My Road bike pedals locked up tonight. Why?

I was riding my road bike and my pedals locked up and I couldn't spin anymore. I got off the bike to check the gears and chains and while fiddling with them I heard a loud POP and my rear tire popped ...
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Can a tubular tire be reused?

I have some knobby cross-specific tubular tires (Challenge Limus 33) mounted on a bike and I want to change them in exchange for slick tires for a period of riding primarily on the pavement. While ...
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inner tube width range relative to tire width: reliability effects?

[Apologies if this seems like a dup: I see there are lotsa tire+tube questions, but this one does seem to be slightly different, in that it strives for generality and concerns choice between ...
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Is there any other size tires that will fit on a 27 x 1 1/4 rim?

I live in a city with plenty of cycling shops, but they are all out of 27 x 1 1/4 tires. Each shop gives me a different answer about the possibility of using a different size of tire. Can I fit a ...