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

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Is my pressure gauge broken?

I recently got an xtech pressure gauge that reads up to 160psi. My bike is a road bike that uses presta valves on the inner tubes. Here's the gauge (the one at the bottom): ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How does the length of the studs on winter tires affect traction on ice?

How does the length of the studs on winter tires affect traction on different surfaces? I recently bought a pair of Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 tires for my around-town cruiser. These studs are pretty ...
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What Schwalbe Nobby Nic should I buy?

I recently bought a Swissbike X5 (same as the Montague Paratrooper, but labeled Swissbike and matte black). It came with Kenda Kinetics 26" x 1.95" (front and rear) that I'd like to replace. Due to ...
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how to choose inner tubes

I've always bought 700x28/38 Specialized inner tubes for my bike, because that was what I was told fitted. But what do those numbers mean? How do I know that a specific inner tube will fit my bike?
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Recurring flats

I've had 4 flats in three rides, all rear wheel. I can't see anything in the tyre, the tyres relatively new, the rims look good. Needless to say I'm getting pretty hacked off with having to keep ...
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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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What pressure should I run my Road Bike tyres at?

There's a question for mountain bike tyres but I can't seem to find anything on here for road bikes. At the moment I'm running at around 90psi. Is that too much? too little? Also, am I more likely to ...
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Is there a way to estimate contact patch size given tire size plus tire volume and rider weight?

Is there a way to estimate contact patch size given tire size plus tire volume and rider weight? Specifically, I've tried to build a unicycle that maximizes contact patch for riding on soft snow. I ...
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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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Should spoke tension be measured before or after adding a tube and tire?

I built my first set of wheels and measured the spoke tension when I finished. They were all uniformly tense at about 100kg of force. Once I put the tire on, that measurement went down a little, to ...
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What kind of tires should I buy for an e-bike, commuting on maintained off-road?

I need to buy a new front tire for my new e-bike. Let me give you a few of the conditions I'll be riding in, and I'd like your advice. First of all, this bike is primarily going to be used to commute ...
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Should I change both tires when I need to change one?

I know that it's a best practice in a car to change all 4 tires if you change 1, although in practice, it's only done if 3 need to be changed. Does the same thing hold true of a bike?
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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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How do you deal with flats in the winter?

I was lucky last winter I went the entire winter without getting a flat. I attribute it mostly to: sharp items on the road being hidden under snow and ice less agressive riding resulting in no ...
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Which way do I orient my bike tire's tread direction? and why?

I have a mountain bike tire that has stamped on the side something like: <----------front rear-------------> Which seems like a pretty clear indication that the tire should be oriented in one ...
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What is the actual width of a Panaracer Pasela tire?

Not unlike other brands, I've heard that older Panaracer Pasela tires ran slim when compared to their advertised width, probably a marketing ploy to get the weight down for its size - but I've also ...
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Can I fit road tyres on a cyclo cross bike?

I've been considering purchasing a Boardman Pro CX Cyclocross Road Bike Large 2010 ...
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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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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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Looking for orange tyres

I'm looking for a pair of folding, orange training tires, size should be 700x23C. I'd like to have only an orange stripe, not the whole tire. Can you recommend some model?
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Tyre choice for loose gravel

I have a mountain bike that I take out to a local bike trail. Currently I have some thin XC tyres and they don't seem to offer much grip when going at speed. The trail is 80% downhill and mostly loose ...
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Skinny 26" tires? Giveing a small fixie a “faster” look

I'm a very short woman and, since I wanted a triangle-frame fixie, I used 26" tires and a 49cm frame so it would fit me perfectly. The trouble is my tires are the wider variety. I want to have the ...
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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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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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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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Larger tires on a road bike

I am curious if anyone has put larger tires (mountainish) on their road bike. I am thinking about doing this to do some riding on gravel roads/touring/commuting from rural areas. I have an older ...
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What is the proper way to store tires to prevent cracking?

I have several extra tires, two on a spare wheelset, and others in a bundle. I am not riding as much as I was a year ago, so I will not be wearing out tires as fast as I was. What is the best way ...
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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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How to make studded tires

Has anyone ever made a set of studded tires? What did you use? I read about a method somewhere but I cannot recall where. I heard that you can: Drill/make a small hole through the tire Screw a ...
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How to get the tyre back on to the rim easily?

What is the best/easiest way to get the tyre back on to a rim after removing it to fix a puncture for example? Some tyres can be really hard to get back on to the rim. I don't like using the tyre ...
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What is the difference between folding bead and wire bead tires?

I'm shopping online for some new tires, and see that some models are sorted by folding and wire beads? What exactly does this mean, and do I need a special rim to support them?
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Where can I buy a Bianchi Pista Concept?

I would like to buy a Bianchi Pista Concept 2005...2009 like this one: http://velospace.org/node/24912 Where can I find this bike in London, UK? And what should I check before buy it? Also, How ...
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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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Is it safe to ride a racing road bike in very wet weather?

I'm used to riding on a MTB, but since I've got a new road bike, I'm quite paranoid about the slick tyres. How good are they in wet weather? I'm scared of braking too hard, or even just turning!!
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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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does a tire bead 'jack' work?

I'm having great difficulties getting a kevlar belted tire onto my rim (maybe I'm getting old). I had heard about the Kool-Stop tire bead jack as a possible alternative to using just my tire levers. ...
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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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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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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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How much should I inflate my tires?

I just purchased a new bicycle pump with a pressure gauge and after checking my tyres, inflated them to the top end of interval printed on the tyres (4.5-6.5 bar). I'm wondering when the tyres ...
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Mountain Bike on Paved Roads

I'm an occasional biker. I bought a mountain bike (nothing fancy) with the idea that I might use it off-road or on mountain trails (of which there are many here in Calgary). However, since I've bought ...
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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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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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What pressure should I run my Mountain Bike tires at?

Should I run my mountain bike at the suggested PSI/Bar on the tire/rim? Or should I run it a bit lower? Or is it more about conditions? Should I run lower if I am running on softer terrain?
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How do I know when to replace my tires?

The treads on my road bike's 28C tires are almost completely gone—they only persist along the shoulders of the tire. Do the treads matter? What is a good indicator of when the tire as a whole needs ...
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Can I use a gas station pump on a bike tire?

Someone pointed out that it may be risky, and it might not have the right kind of nozzle, but I don't have a bike pump at the moment. Does anyone else ever do this?
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What is a good way to keep my tires from going flat easily?

Title says it all, how do I keep my bicycle tires from going flat easily? I live in an area with a lot of sharp stuff (think glass shards, nails, cactus, etc)...