Check A Bike Tyre

Introduction

The quality and condition of a bike tyre makes a big difference in how riding any particular bike feels. Blow the tyres up to the correct pressure before this check.

Step 1

<h3>Step 1</h3><p>Spin the wheel slowly and watch the line around the bottom of the sidewall close to the rim. It must be parallel to the rim. If the bike tyre isn’t correctly seated it needs to be deflated and reseated.
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Check The bike Tyre is Correctly Seated on The Rim

Spin the wheel slowly and watch the line around the bottom of the sidewall close to the rim. It must be parallel to the rim. If the bike tyre isn’t correctly seated it needs to be deflated and reseated.

Step 2

<h3>Step 2</h3><p>Spin the wheel slowly and check for cuts, splits, bulges, frayed or worn fabric. Pick out any debris – small stones, flakes of glass etc – with a small spike or a pair of tweezers.
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Cuts, Splits & Bulges

Spin the wheel slowly and check for cuts, splits, bulges, frayed or worn fabric. Pick out any debris – small stones, flakes of glass etc – with a small spike or a pair of tweezers.

Step 3

<h3>Step 3</h3><p>Spin the wheel slowly and check for wear. If the bike tyre has tread is the tread worn away. Diagnosing wear on a smooth bike tyre is hardest you may need to take it off and feel the thickness of the centre of the bike tyre.
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Wear

Spin the wheel slowly and check for wear. If the bike tyre has tread is the tread worn away. Diagnosing wear on a smooth bike tyre is hardest you may need to take it off and feel the thickness of the centre of the bike tyre.

Pro Tip

The rear bike tyre wears faster than the front bike tyre as it’s pushing against the road whenever the pedals are turning. The front tyre only pushes the road during braking. A failure of the rear tyre will force you to stop, a sudden failure of the front tyre is more likely to cause a crash.