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 am currently considering changing my tires to better ones so as to not waste money on tubes anymore, but do tires really lessen the chances of my innertubes bursting/puncturing?
Its extremely unlikely for an inner tube to just burst.
It sounds like you are suffering from punctures. There are two types of puncture; the first is an object penetrating the tire and inner tube, and the second is a 'pinch' puncture where an impact causes the inner tube to be pinched between the tire and rim.
Many bikes (even expensive ones) come with poor quality tires as standard, and yes, changing them can make a big difference to penetration punctures. No tire is 100% puncture proof, but something like a Schwalbe Marathon Plus is very close, but is heavy and can give a harsh ride. Continental Gatorskins are favored by many as a good compromise between puncture resistance, rolling speed and comfort.
Pinch punctures are usually caused by hitting an object (such as a pothole) with too little pressure in the tire. Adding more air to the tire (don't go over the maximum limit) usually prevents these.
Yes, absolutely. Spend an extra 20 dollars on good tires and you could save yourself 30 dollars worth of tubes. Plan on spending somewhere around 40 to 50 dollars a tire. Even if tubes were free, the money is worth saving the hours spent on the side of the road dealing with flats. Look for tires in the 'training' or 'commuting' category, for extra puncture protection.
It should go without saying, take care to stay within the rated PSI of the tire when pumping it up.
Yes, better tires can help prevent punctures. It has already been mentioned that there are tires specifically made to enhance puncture resistance. One thing that has not been mentioned is that better tires also have stronger sidewalls to offer more tire support when going over bumps and thus better protect against pinch flats. (Once, I had a cheap tire with flimsy sidewalls on my back wheel for use on a stationary trainer. I took it out on a road ride properly inflated and got a pinch flat on the first bump I hit.)
A few tips whether you replace your tires or not:
- Keep proper air pressure to avoid pinch flats (i.e., the tire pinching the tube against the rim when hitting a pothole, curb, etc)
- If you are getting repeated flats, make sure nothing is lodged in your tire. A piece of glass or wire that is stuck in the tire will puncture every tube you install until you find and remove it.
- Avoid debris on the roadways. A lot of people ride in a straight path over everything they encounter on the road (rocks, pebbles, broken bottles). Steer around these things.
- Keep proper air pressure. I know I said that once already. It can't be said enough.
If the tube leaks out from under the wire bead it will burst. If you had a cheap tire with a stretched bead that can happen. If it is real easy to slide the tire on the rim that is a bad sign. If that was how the burst happened then a new tire would help. This can happen on even a good new tires if you over inflate too far. If it bursts again the you need to look at the rims.
See hook bead on this page bicycle tire
By the term bursting "Inner tube bursting" is not caused by the tire but is caused by over inflating.
Please get a good quality rubber tube(rubber doesn't change its color when tube is inflated )
Yeah and also a combination of a good tube and tires significantly reduces the risk of flats(especially on a road bike) -I have got a set of tire liners and an extra layer of rim tapes as a precaution and until date it seems to be going great!! :)