Bike Tyres

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Before buying bicycle tyres, you will need to check the bicycle tyre size you require and consider what style of riding you are planning on doing. Below is a simple guide to get you started.

Tyre Tread Guide

Tyres have variations in width and tread patterns that allow for the different riding styles and disciplines. This is especially true for mountain bikes and BMX as there are many variations to suit multiple riding styles and terrain. The information below should assist you in selecting the right style of tread pattern for your riding.

Slicks

These tyres are mostly used for road cycling.. If most of your riding time is spent on the road, it is better to have a tyre with minimal tread or slicks as they will allow the bike to roll effortlessly, while providing immense traction to the consistent ground surface.

Knobby Tread (Off-Road)

Generally used for off road riding, specifically riders who spend less time on the road and more time on the dirt. A knobby pattern will help the bike grip in rough unpredictable terrain and will give you better control of the bike.

Semi-Slick

Here, the tyre features a smoother center surface for speed on smooth terrain, with small traction knobs when riding on gravel or other loose surfaces. These tyres are best suited to commuter, touring or hybrid-type bikes.

Picking the Right Size

Once you have determined the style of tyre, you have to ensure that you are buying the right size for your wheel. The easiest way to do this is to read the side of your current tyres which should have dimensions printed on them. The two sizes to know are the diameter and the width. Most tyres will be in inches, however, road bike tyres are commonly in millimetres. An example of this for a mountain bike may be 29 x 2.1", referring to a 29in diameter and a 2.1in width. For a road bike, such an example may be 700x25c, meaning 700mm diameter and 25mm width.