Whether you’re a cyclist by profession or just a passionate hobbyist, you must take careful consideration for your tires, tubes and wheels. Some popular tire brands are Panaracer tires and Kenda. For one, your bike will be useless without those components. Understanding your bicycle’s tires will require that you know their different types and parts. When it comes to bike tires, the most popular are the clincher tires or the wire-on. Continental makes high performance clincher tires. The bike parts of the clincher bike tires are as follows: bead, fabric and rubber. Campagnolo wheels are especially well known within the biking community. The steel bead is known as the backbone of the tire, and is in charge of attaching the whole tire to the rim. The fabric is sewn into the two steel beads and forms the body of the tire. The most popular materials used as tire fabric are the nylon cords and polyamides. Air is pumped inside the fabric. The actual shape of the bicycle tires develops after doing so. Rubber is placed on top of the fabric as form of protection just like manufacturers do with bike handlebars. The protrusions of rubber that are seen on a tire are called treads. Another type of tire is the tubular tire or the “sew up”. Zipp tubular tires are available for road bikes. They are distinct from clincher tires because they don’t have any beads. An advantage of the tubular tire of the clincher tire is that it is lighter and it provides better traction. Bike cassettes are also a vital component to keep watch on just like your tubular tires. However, tubular tires are more expensive, less easily repaired and harder to replace. You should also consider investing in bike fenders to protect your tires. Planet Bike and Zefal fenders are among the top brands. No matter what kind of tire you decide to purchase, make sure to buy from trusted brands like Easton and Shimano wheelsets. Keep a pump, like Topeak pumps, close by in case your tire needs air. Make sure to check out Jesse Stein and the Biking.com executive team!
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