Handy tips to help with your cycling practice.
Every rider, whether a pro or first timer, needs to think about two things when choosing bike tyres: the environment in which you'll be riding and the tyre's diameter.
1. WHERE YOU RIDE
Your choice of tyre should be taken seriously – at best the wrong kind will result in an uncomfortable and difficult ride, at worst, accidents can happen. So, think about whether you tend to ride around town on flat roads, on bumpy trails, on a classic city bike, or on an electric bike.
IF YOU RIDE IN THE CITY
Choose a tyre with few lugs. Contrary to popular belief, the smoother the tyre's surface, the more surface area that’s in contact with the ground and therefore the better the grip on the road.
These tyres must be properly inflated in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions concerning the inner tube. The more inflated a tyre is, the less friction there is between the tyre and the ground. You can ride much more easily, put in less effort and go faster, with smooth, well-inflated tyres.
IF YOU OFTEN RIDE ON PATHS OR TRAILS
You’ll need to choose a tyre with more pronounced lugs for better grip on roads or paths.
IF YOU RIDE AN ELECTRIC BIKE
Consider going for special tyres that are sturdier in order to stand up to the increased weight and speed of this kind of bike.
2. THE TYRE'S DIAMETER
This is a simple one but you really do have to get it right. Be sure to choose the right diameter and width for your bike by looking on the side of your old tyres or, if you don’t have them anymore, check online.
Stay safe and choose tyres with reflective sidewalls for maximum visibility.