Tyres.

New tyres on the summer bike today. On closer inspection after the puncture last week the rear tyre had a small split in it so I ordered new new tubes and tyres. I managed to get the same colour1 tyres as last time so was planning swap the front tyre to the rear and a new one on the front. However the old front tyre was shot as well so both were replaced. Better that than risk a puncture.

For those who are not obsessed by cycling here are Chris' tips for fitting new tyres:

  1. Check if the tyre has rotational direction. If it does put it on the right way round. I'm not convinced that the pretty patterns on a 120psi bike tyre make the slightest difference in the wet but just in case they do I try to get it right.

  2. Always put the label that is on the tyre right by the valve. This makes things look professional, which given that we are now choosing tyres based on colour is important, but is mainly a practical thing. If , OK when you get a puncture this will help you find the bit of stone, glass, pin, nail, or thorn that caused it so it can be removed before you puncture the nice new tube you fitted. Find the hole in the old tube and measure round from the valve. If the tyre has come off the rim, and sometimes they do, you still know where about on the tyre to look for the hole and the stone, glass, pin....

  3. Always install the rear tyre from the other side of the wheel from the cassette/freewheel. This just reduces the amount of mess.

So it will be on nice new yellow tyres that I venture out tomorrow.

1Colour! Yes you did read that right, the important part of tyre choice appears to have become the colour, at least on my summer bike.

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