Tires are one of the biggest contributors to bike handling performance. They could be considered the most critical component on your bike. They are also the most consumable item on your bike. But what makes tires wear out? When should you replace bike tires? In some cases it’s obvious — missing or smooth tread for example. In other instances, it might be that your bike handles or rides poorly. Here are a few things to look for.
Cause and Effect
When Should You Replace Bike Tires
Bulges and Bubbles
Attrition by Age
More on Pressure
It’s been previously stated that proper pressure is important to your tire, but what good are rules unless you can break them. In the last decade it has become trendy to pump up tires as high as they will go. Or that the more pressure, the faster the bike will ride. At least one brand of tire actually requires 140 psi. That much pressure can make a bike ride harsh. Super high pressure can make the bike bounce depending on how heavy you are. It transmits road shock, fatigues the rider, causes the premature failure of bike frames and wheels and makes tires more prone to flats.