Before purchasing bike tyres, be sure to check the size of the tyre you need and for what purpose you need the tyre. Be it off-road, road or a combination of both.
Tyre Tread Guide
Depending on your choice of riding style and the types of terrain you intend to tackle will determine the kind of bike tyre that you should use. Certain tyre tread patterns, materials, thicknesses and sizes are suited to specific riding styles. To help you make an informed decision on which type of tyre you need, see the information below.
Minimal Tread (slicks)
This type of tyre is commonly used for road cycling but freestyle BMX riders are also known to use slicks. The minimal tread allows for the greatest possible power transfer to the road whilst the soft exterior provides better grip and handling required of high end technical riding. In short slicks are king of the roads, providing the smoothest ride with the most efficiency.
Knobbed & Jagged Tread
The rough tread of this type of tire is suited to off-road cycling, the increased surface area helps to grip uneven surfaces and provide reasonable transfer of power. For mountain biking this is the preferred choice of tyre.
Outside Jagged Tread
This tyre is a form of hybrid of the previously mentioned tyres. Providing a good all round all terrain tyre, the jack of all trades if you like. The tyre features minimal tread in the centre of the tyre becoming progressively more knobby and jagged towards the edge of the tyre. They have enough traction for everyday riding, but will lose traction under extreme pressures.
Buying 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 the tyres that are currently on your bike which should have their dimensions written on them. Common tyre sizes are;
- BMX 20 x 1.95”
- Mountain Bike 26 x 1.95”
- Road 700 x 23cm
Why Pay More for Tyres?
More expensive knobby tyres will have advanced tread patterns which will give even greater handling. They will also have a higher thread per inch ratio. The more threads per inch the better the tyre will perform and handle.
Paying more for slick tyres can have a number of advantages such as being light weight, faster and greater tread per inch. Also, the softer rubber will provide greater grip and handling. This dual compound tyre, with harder rubber in the centre and softer rubber on the sides, will give you a bicycle tyre that is fast and durable with good grip.