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Choosing Tires

Choosing Tires

Choosing Tires Your tires are one of the most important elements of your bike–they’re what connect you to the ground. It’s important that they be durable, grip well, and help you move along quickly. Whether you’re building up your bike for the first time or just need a new pair, this guide will help you figure out what you should be looking for when you pick out a tire. SIZE The first step to figuring out what kind of tire to use is figuring out your tire size. The easiest way to do that is to look at the tires already on your wheels. Somewhere on the sidewall of the tires, the size should be listed. It will probably look something like “26 x 1.5” or “700 x 32” or “27 x 1 1/4.” After that number, there is (hopefully) another number in parantheses that will look something like “(38-559)” or “(32-622)” or “(32-630).” The three-digit number after the dash is the important part–its the IS ... read more

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