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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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Maxxis Hookworm Tires

I recently purchased two Maxxis Hookworm street tires. There are no rotation arrows on them. Does this mean it doesn't matter how they are mounted on the wheel?
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Flat tires every morning [duplicate]

I just bought a new bike. I ride about 3 times a week. The last 2 times I've taken my bike out the front tire has been completely flat. I put air in it the first time it happened and went for a 10mi ...
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Need new 27x1 1/4 (32x630) tires, would the ones stated ONLY as 27x1 1/4 (without the 32x630 specification) fit?

Bought an old raleigh bike that needs new tires. Already made the mistake with the 700c (with horrible frustrating results), so need a bit of help. I saw some Kenda ones that ONLY state 27x1 1/4 ...
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Smooth tires on wet road?

In this answer : link (With regard to tires, there seems to be a widespread belief that the mountain bike tires will grip all kinds of surfaces better, including asphalt: in other words, that they ...
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Are tubular tires still used today?

I bought an older second-hand racing bike, which has tubular tires mounted. I went to a bike shop and wanted to buy a spare tubular tire, but they told me: Wow, such an old bike! No, we don't have ...
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I keep getting flats

I have been getting flats every 20-30 miles for the last 2 months. This has caused serious inconvenience to me, as bicycle is my preferred mode of transport to work and class. Details of the ...
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Tire compatibility for hybrid cruiser

I have a 28" Schwinn Yorkshire 700c hybrid cruiser. I got it since it was the only one in my price range but the problem is the tires are too slim for me and I'm used to much wider ones, so I was ...
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tube punctures near valve

my road bike got a puncture in the front wheel yesterday while I was riding down a big slope, it happened when I was braking the bike then I heard a pop. I stopped and replaced with a new tube, ...
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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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How to pump tire with cap that won't come off [closed]

I have a Schwinn bike from probably mid 2000's. The front tire has a regular valve cap that I can twist off and pump with a floor pump. The back tire has an oval cap that I cannot get off. And it ...
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How do you fix a puncture on tubeless tires?

I recently got a new bike with a set of tubeless compatible rims. The stock tires are clinchers with tubes. I'm thinking about putting tubeless on there, but I don't have any experience with them. We ...
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Will Slick Tires Work for a Mountain Bike Ridden by a Heavier Rider?

I've owned a Trek 3500 bike (shown below) for 2.5 years now and I like it very much. My bike has the same specs as under the link. It has the XL frame size and 26" wheels with Bontrager AT-550 ...
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Blue tyres for single speed [closed]

I need to change the tyres (700 x 25) of my single speed and I am looking for some good quality tyres, preferably blue. Do you have any suggestion on what could be a good match, or where to look? ...
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More or less skid patches for winter tires?

Update: this question is NOT about how to calculate the # of skid patches. I've always used http://www.bikecalc.com/skid_patch_calculator for that and the math is sound. So, I'm already thinking ...
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Strong tires for Trek Verve 3

I recently got a bargain on a Trek Verve 3 bike. From what I read, it should support my weight (6 feet tall, 290lbs and going down) if I get wider tires with strong sidewalls. Currently I have an AT ...
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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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Increasing the size of tyres on a hybrid

We are planning on doing some mountain biking in a few weeks time and we'd like to get some wider tyres for my wife's hybrid. I know there are similar questions and answers out there on this topic, ...
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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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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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Can I inflate to 8bar?

I am quite new in the world of urban cycling and I am liking it A LOT. for the sake of curiosity I want my wheels to be as hard as possible, know how this feels and how my bike behaves. As of now, ...
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Can you run a standard tyre on a tubeless rim?

I have some new tubeless MTB rims and I'd like to avoid buying new tyres for them. The tyres are reasonably sturdy (Continental Race King Protection - 4 plies / total 240tpi) and I have sealant. As I ...