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

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Choosing new tires: can't find my size on schwalbe site

My bycicle is Merida Crossway MD-40. I Measured the tires and got the following numbers: 701mm x 41mm. Or 27,42 In x 1,6 In. I wanted to buy one of Schwalbe tires for it. But to my surprise my size ...
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Semi-slick 29x2.4 (or larger) tires [on hold]

I have a set of Velocity Dually 29” wheels. The interior rim width is 39mm. I currently have Surly Knard tires but get a lot of buzz when riding on pavement. Ideally, I'd like a set of tires that run ...
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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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Inner tube blows up due to rim holes

I've decided to cycle to work and got myself a new bike. When the bike arrived I inflated the tyres to 80psi (20 below recommended) using a track pump. Instantly the inner tube blew up. I thought the ...
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Tires shedding black threads

Around the rim of my Bontrager tires, which are about 6 months old, there are small thin rubber thread-like fibers coming off. The brakes do not rub. I ride a Trek 7100 on asphalt roads, with several ...
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How to understand tyre sizes? [duplicate]

I'm a cycling beginner and am trying to purchase spare inner tubes from amazon. The tube sizes are usually given as: 20-622 - 25-630 27x3/4 - 27x1.00 700x20c - 700x25c How should I understand these?...
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Bicycle tire date decode

I bought a new bike for my 3 year-old. 12.5 inch tires, "yida" seems to be the brand name. My earlier research suggests that some bike tires have date codes, in the form of circles with an x in it, ...
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When does a Marathon Plus tire (not) need replacing?

I have Marathon Plus tires: 5 years old 15000 km bike stored indoors I'm getting more punctures than I used to, but maybe that's caused by my riding now on worse road surfaces than I used to. The ...
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Patched up my tire and still lost air again [duplicate]

I recently popped my tube and I took it out and put a patch on it and made sure that there were no other holes and I didn't find any so I filled it up and rode on it for about an hour, then the next ...
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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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Tube sealant vs. tire liners vs. puncture-resistant tires — which best prevents flats?

Clarification: I am not asking for a solution to punctures, or about the nuances of ride quality with the various solutions. I am asking whether one method of reducing punctures has been proven ...
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How to inflate a tire with a Presta valve?

My new bike has these thin tires with a type of valve I haven't usedbefore. I searched online and found out it's called a Presta valve, and it's pretty common and popular. I'm finding it annoying and ...
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Road tyres on mtb? [duplicate]

I started commuting to work and was wondering if it's worth getting some slick road tyres for a 560 rockrider Btwin bike. It has a 26x2 mitcheline cross trail tyre that came with the bike which is ...
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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 time-...
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How to prevent my front derailleur from rubbing on my back tire?

Recently I tried adjusting my front derailleur (Shimano 6800) so that it wouldn't rub my chain when I was in the highest gear. After playing around with the angle as well as the limiting screws, I ...
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What do the numbers on the mantle mean? [duplicate]

I've just removed the mantle of my back tire as it has a hole (probably cut by glass). I wanted to look for a new one, but then I realized that I'm not even certain which size it is. So I looked on ...
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Training Tires or racing tires

I was browsing this site http://www.fastwheelsets.com/resources-2/ and it's talking about 2 different sets of tires. Is there a necessity to have both tires or I can go fast enough with my training ...
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How to choose MTB bike tyre: hookless, tubular or clincher?

I don't know the difference between hookless tire, tubular tire and clincher tire. When I choose the tire type how to make a professional choice? I want to know which tire type is best for me.
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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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Can I fit slightly different tyre sizes

My current bike tyres are 26 x 2.0 (Manufacturer fitted tyres) Is it possible to fit 26 x 2.1 or 26 x 1.95 on these wheels or is this going to cause an issue?
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Will a “700 x 25-32cc” inner tube fit my “700Cx28/38c” / “ETRTO 622x20” rim? [duplicate]

I have a road bike that has a flat tire, the rim is marked with the text 700Cx28/38c ETRTO 622x20 I am specifically looking at this Continental tube on Amazon. Under the sizing options there is ...
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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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Can I put 700c tires on rims made for 27 x 1.25"?

It's getting hard to find any selection for my old Avanti 12 speed. it currently uses 27 x 1.25 inch tires. Can I put 700c tires without needing to buy new rims?
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Is it ok to mix 23 and 25 tyres

My road bike comes with 25 tires. They both seem to be slick smooth ones with little resistance. Recently I had couple of punctures in the rear and I decided to change the rear tire to a 23 which ...
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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 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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is it possible to install 25c tyre on 23c wheel? [duplicate]

Can I fit a 25c tyre onto 23c wheel? Would it cause any problem on long term?
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What are “two-tone” tubular tires called? [duplicate]

What are those old "two-tone" tubular tires actually called?-- You know, the ones with the "natural-rubber" color on the sidewalls?
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Modern gumwall light touring tires?

Are there any modern road/light touring tires which look like the gumwall tires of yesteryear? In particular, I'm looking for all-weather road tires with serious puncture resistance, i.e. a more-or-...
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Fixing a flat - how to find the piercing object?

Just had a flat and having problems finding the thing that pierced the tube in the tire. Normally I just run my fingers around in it, until I found it, but this time everything looks O.K. My ...
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Rotate or replace tires

I ride a cross bike mostly on the road right now and my rear tire is wearing much faster than my front, which is to be expected. I found the following thread which I think is a similar question but ...
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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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New MTB tyre looks wobbly

I recently installed a pair of new tyres to my MTB. The front seems fine however the rear looks like it is not spinning completely centrally. This is a rather peculiar situation because the wheel ...
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Running tires with significantly different pressures?

I ordered a replacement for one of the old Schwalbe Marathon 700x28C tires on my ancient road bike, and it turns out that "new" Marathons of that size are meant to be inflated to 80-110psi despite ...
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Bike Tires & Tubes

Just purchased a bicycle that has 26 X 2.0 tires and I want to replace them with 26 X 2.2 road tires. Is that possible and would I need to replace the tubes with larger ones. Thanks
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Black threads are coming of my tire. Does it need to be replaced?

One of my bike tires have started shedding long black threads. I'm assuming that this means that something is not right. The tire has a folding bead. Does this mean that my tire should be replaced as ...
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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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What road tire should I buy for my new cyclocross

I'm a recreational rider wanting to get more serious with cycling. I like Cyclocross bikes for their versatility and plan on commuting to work using my new entry-level Nashbar CX1. I've heard that ...
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Lock to fit around Big Apple tyres (28x2.35)

I have a new bike on the way which has Big Apple tyres (28x2.35), which will be my first experience with tyres this big. I'll also be installing fenders. I'm wondering if my Kryptonite Evo Mini-5 is ...
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Heavy Rider (300lb+) - Please recommend a 26" tyre to avoid tyre pinch

I ride a hybrid on 26" rims currently fitted with hybrid tires. As I am 300lbs+ the rear tire runs permanently deformed/flat and the rims ride over the rubber causing tire pinch. Can anyone ...
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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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How to stop dealing with flat tires?

I have a very nice fixie bike, which I keep suffering from flat tires. I live in Bogota which is a city full of potholes in the road. I have been examining options to implement in order to have less ...
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What does the “c” in bicycle tire size mean?

For instance, in some cases I will see a particular bike tire listed as available in 700x25, 700x25c, 700c x 25, and 700 x 25mm. (Just picking out a number here, it could be 23, 25, 27, etc.) What, ...
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What are the effects of completely filling tires with water instead of air?

As absurd as it sounds, I was curious as to how a bike would handle with the front tire filled with water. I wonder if steep hill climbs would be easier (particularly for a mountain bike): 1) to ...
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Kenda Kwest 100 psi tires (presta valve)

I am pretty new to bicycles. Got my hands on Kenda Kwest 100 PSI tires with presta valves and I have a couple of questions about inflating them. Using a floor pump, do I need to pump them a bit ...
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Minimum tire width to avoid snake bite

I have a road bike with 22mm tires. They are super fast, but I get them punctured a lot. I have decided to switch to wider tires to avoid snake bites, and I was wondering what would be the minimum ...
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How do I translate this tire description into English?

On my tire is printed the following: 25-622 (28 x 1.00 - 700x25c) 6.8-8.0 Bar, 85-115 psi I think I know what some of this means but am not sure. BTW, this came standard on my 2012 Cannondale ...
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Are 22mm tires too thin for commuting?

I recently switched from a mountain bike to a road bike with 22mm tires for commuting. I noticed right away that I could not do the things like hop over curbs with this new bike. I also got flats. ...
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Why do I keep getting flats?

I only bike for pleasure and sometimes to get around. I know very little about bikes. A few months ago I got a B'Twin mountain bike. Where I live now I do not feel safe biking in the city so I only ...
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Rear wheel noise

If i lift up my bicycle and spin the rear wheel, it sounds like its rubbing something, even though it does not have any direct contact with frame or brake pads. I checked it and its not rubbing ...