Choosing The Right Tires For Your Bike

By: Derek Both

The tires you put on your bike perform differently in different environments. Some are perfect for smooth rides on dry pavement while other tires are better - suited for tough rides through the mud. It is important to understand what types of tires are placed on bikes and how they perform in a given environment before planning to take your bike on its next ride.

Bikes can have tires placed on them that are either narrow or wide. Like most things on bikes (suspension systems, pedals, etc.), the type of tires you put on your bike will depend largely on what treatment you will be putting your bike through. Typically, cyclers who take their bikes through rough terrain use wide tyres. These tires are more capable of handling the friction on these intense rides. Wide tires can also withstand small objects that you may run over during your ride. For example, small pebbles and branches are easily absorbed.

If you are going to be riding your bike on smooth surfaces such as in the street or well - paved biking trails, narrow tires should suffice. In fact, if you plan to do most of your riding on pavement, wide tires may actually slow you down due to the friction.

Your decision regarding whether you should use standard or tubeless tyres on your bike will depend mostly on your planned use of it. In addition, the effort required for installing these types of tires may impact your decision. The installation process for tubeless tires is not complicated but you need to make sure you have compatible products before performing the installation.

Most bikes come with standard tires. It is still important to know what benefits, if any, tubeless tires can offer you. Most agree that the biggest benefit of tubeless tires is the ability to use lower air pressure. Bikes with low air pressure perform better. However, when the air pressure in standard tires is low, there is a risk of getting a flat. Also, low air pressure provides better traction and more suspension. This can impact the amount of pressure that is absorbed by bikes on hard rides.

The type of tires you put on your bike have a huge impact on your bike's performance. Different types of rides require different types of tires. In the end, knowing what you want to get out of your bike will help greatly in deciding what kind of tires to put on your bike.

Some people like to ride their bikes in various types of environments. In this case, you may consider buying multiple tires and installing them on your bike as needed. That way, you can be prepared to take your bike on any kind of ride that you choose.

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