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CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIRE FOR YOUR BIKE

A daily commuter, a dirt enthusiast or an occasional cyclist-looking for a comfortable ride.

Depending on the type of riding you do, you’ll want to choose the appropriate bike tire. Beyond the obvious—a tire suited to your rim size—you have a range of options. No matter what type of rider you are, sharp tread edges are a must. When they're worn down to the point where you're getting lots of flats, your bike is handling poorly and/or the tread appears rounded or uneven, replace your tires to guarantee more fun and more safety.

There are certain aspects we should consider before choosing an appropriate tire. Tire size, Tread pattern, Tire valves etc.

How to know your tire size? Easy- Check the sidewall of the tire of your bicycle. Sometimes the size of the front tire and the back tire are not essentially the same. After getting a vague idea about the required tire size, there are a few options of bike tires you can be faced with.

 

TIRE SIZE

Mountain bike tires: On mountain bike tires you’ll see a number pairing that looks like 27.5x2.0. This is the approximate outer tire diameter (27.5") by the width (2"). A cross-country bike will have tires in the 1.9" to 2.25" width range. Trail and an all-mountain bike will have tires in the 2.25" to 2.4" width range. But downhill bikes, which are meant to withstand the abuse of drops and rock gardens, are equipped with tires ranging up to 2.5" wide.

Road touring and racing tires: On-road bicycle tire, you'll see a number pairing such as 700x23. The first number (700) is a size that roughly corresponds to the outer diameter of the tire in millimetres. The second number (23) denotes the actual tire width in millimetres. Exceptions include a few 650s and the 27" size used on older bikes. The letter at the end of a tire size is a throwback to an old French system when the letters a, b and c designated different inner tire diameters. These letters sometimes still appear in tire sizes. Most racers run 700 tires in widths ranging from 18 to 23mm — the narrowest options. Those who live for epic tours are more likely to be riding tires in widths ranging from 25 to 28mm for a bit more stability and comfort.

BMX tires usually come in a 20" diameter.

Cyclocross tires: These have small knobbies but are designed in a narrow-width 700 size

 

TIRE TREAD

Slick bike tires: Designed for the road, city/commuter, touring and mountain bikes, slicks appear almost smooth, with a barely perceptible tread pattern.

Semi-slick bike tires: These tires are designed with a smooth centre, for minimal rolling resistance and faster acceleration

Knobby tires: Different knobby tread styles are designed for specific trail situations. Smaller knobs are faster and suitable for smooth single-track. Taller knobs offer more grip in technical terrains like roots and rocks.

Inverted tread tires: Tires designed with an inverted tread have more grip—and rolling resistance—than slicks, but less rolling resistance than knobbies

TIRE VALVE

Presta valves are narrower and have built-in valve caps that you loosen to pump up the tire and tighten afterwards. Prestas are more typically seen on higher-end bikes, especially those designed for road riding.

Schrader valves are wider than Prestas, with a valve like those on car tires. These are most commonly found on inexpensive and mid-range bikes.

Other than these there are a few other kinds of tires available in the market, thanks to modern technology, like, Tubeless tires, foldable tires, studded bike tires, puncture resistant tires etc.

 

Cycling enthusiasts don’t cycle just for the health or environmental benefits; they cycle to feel the gentle wind, to feel the subtle experience of gliding across a smooth terrain or to enjoy the thrill of adventure cycling. Lately, there has been a rise in the number of cycling enthusiasts in India and as a result, the demand for different types of bicycle tires has also increased. Different terrains call for different types of bicycle tires. This could be a hassle as there are not a lot of online stores in the country that can provide you with the right bicycle tires.

Choosing the right tire for your bike is important for safety as well as convenience. Check out the wide range of collection we have to offer when you order bicycle tires online at trails of India. We offer tires for bicycle and motorcycles from top brands.