​Bike Tires Explained [Tips And Trick]

Bike Tires Explained [Tips And Trick]

​Being a cycling enthusiast, I spend a great deal of time surfing the web looking for neat tidbits of information that I could use to further my cycling knowledge.

I’ll be honest when I say that I have always just taken my bike tires for granted. Really, what is there to know about a rubber bicycle tire; from what I found out – a lot. The article that I found showed me just how little I did know.

​Sheldon Brown is a bit of a legend in the cycling community and has been around for a long time. This guy knows his way around bikes. In his article Bicycle Tires and Tubes he gets into great detail on all aspects of the bike tires that we cyclists use on a regular basis.

​Here is a brief summary of what he discusses (in great detail in some cases too):

Sheldon Brown is a bit of a legend in the cycling community and has been around for a long time. This guy knows his way around bikes. In his article Bicycle Tires and Tubes he gets into great detail on all aspects of the bike tires that we cyclists use on a regular basis.
  • ​Parts of a tire (Clinchers versus tubulars) – for those not familiar with these types, clinchers are the typical bike tires that most of us ride on. These tires have a bead which seats itself into the rim when air is blown in. Once seated, the tire isn’t going anywhere. Tubulars differ from clinchers in that they don’t have a bead. The 2 edges of the tire are actually sewn together around the inner tube and are then glued onto special bike rims.
  • ​Inner tubes and valves – learn the differences between a Schrader, Presta and Dunlop valve.
  • ​How a tire supports its load – you’ll be introduced the term “contact patch”.
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    ​Traction – how it affects your ride.
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    ​Tread patterns – Best patterns for off road versus on road. Ever heard of the term “squirm” in relation to tire treads? I hadn’t either until I read this article.
    Tread patterns – Best patterns for off road versus on road. Ever heard of the term “squirm” in relation to tire treads? I hadn’t either until I read this article.
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    ​Tire sizes – with links to charts for all common and not so common sizes.
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    ​Rolling resistance
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    ​Width and pressure

​He gets into a lot more info as well and I guarantee that you will walk away from this article and look at your bike tires in a much different way. I know I sure did!

​Anyone else find this article as interesting as I did? Let me know. Until then I’m off for a ride!

Robert Flaherty
 

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