Choosing Bike Tires

Here is some information to understand the standards and information of size and diameter of bicycle tires. Any advice for maintaining your tires.

The dimensions that are on the side of the bike tires are compliant with the European standard ETRTO tires.The indication ETRTO 23-622 means that the tire width (edge ​​to edge and inflated) is 23 mm and its diameter is 622 mm. Namely that the larger the width, the greater will be your tire adhesion and flexibility.

The dimensions in inches

26×1 5 / 8×1 3/8 in this case (26) represents the outer diameter (1 5/8) represents the height and (1 3/8) the width of the tire. In the form: 26 x 2.20, only the outer diameter and tire width are indicated.

The French indications

(700x25c) indicate the approximate outside diameter of 700 mm and the width of the tire inflated to its use pressure on a rim C of hook 25 mm. The French guidance only as of the Road tires.

Which section to choose for your tires?

To date, there are in the market for 23mm section of tires, but the growing trend, whether for training or competition, evolving into 25mm sections. It has even been shown that brand and similar, 25mm section offered the best performance and in 90% of cases.

There is talk of performance for a tire launched at the same speed on a test bed on which measures distance after the launch of strength off. It will obviously choose your tires according to the rim of the wheel type.Some wheels can accommodate a 25mm tire ESection.

Store and keep your tires

After each race or check the tread, taking care to remove any small foreign bodies (small flint, tar, …) present on your tires that could cause punctures. Ideally also deflate tire pressure slightly so as not to stretch thereof when the bicycle is not used. Remember to store your tires away from direct sunlight! Advised by Ebicyclelights, make sure to remove the bike lights installed on the tires.

At each change of tire, check the rim and change it if necessary. (Background rim bent, torn, taking blows to the dismantling of the tires. Do not leave sharp edges.)

Transport of your rims and tires

To transport your wheels in the covers, consider deflate the tires before transport. This helps to absorb shock during loading or path.

When changing tires?

Do not expect that a tire is too worn to change! If we see the reinforcement of the tire as the rubber, the risk of puncture is important!

  • A drive tire is changed on average every 4,000 to 5,000 kilometers away. This varies depending on the structure of the tire and the condition of the roads.
  • A light tire, typed competition will wear out faster than a heavier training tire. The rear tire wears faster than the front tire. Some cyclists change their rear tire by replacing the immediately by the front tire, and they mount a new tire at the front, and so on.

Handling in case of puncture

In case of a puncture, although verify that no asperity has not remained stuck in the tire. If the tire was too damaged by cutting or piercing object, do not hesitate to change it. To drive any debris, place your hand inside the tire before reassembly.Some rims require the installation of a rim. Remember this before mounting the tire.

Mounting a tire

During assembly, take great care that the tube is not pinched between the tire and rim: This avoids a “pinch”

Repairing a tire

There are sprays instantly fill your wheel without disassembling and cleaning kits to repair it yourself.