Mountain Biking: Durable Bicycle Wheels, Tires

By: Adam Peters

For the challenging and rugged mountain biking sport, durable wheels and tires are essential.

Bike Tires For The Terrain

For the rugged sport of mountain biking it is essential that an individual buy a bike according to the use that is planned. While it may seem that mountain biking is a field that covers all types of off-road biking, there may be a few types of bicycle wheels and tires to choose from, for example, depending on the details of terrain that the individual will ride on.

Many mountain bikers head for the rocks, so to speak, seeking out rugged sites to test their skills. Yet others will stay on dirt or gravel roads, or even a primitive trail. Then there are the mountain bikers who ride only on paved roads that wind through the hills or pedal on bike paths constructed specifically for riders who want to enjoy some scenery along the way.

Wide, Narrow, High Friction, Low Friction

The specific type of terrain, as described earlier, must be taken into consideration when buying a bike or when choosing bicycle wheels and tires. When purchasing a new bike, it would be wise to talk at length to a professional in the bike shop and accurately describe what type of riding is planned. These experienced people can help select a bike with the proper wheels and tires for the purpose.

In fact, it may be a good idea to start the buying process by looking closely at the different types of tires and bicycle wheels, because this may lead in the right direction when it comes to actually take that bike home. For example, if the individual sees rougher ground, rocky terrain and so on, wider tires and heavy-duty wheels will be essential. These may seem bulky at first when the bike is ridden on a smoother surface. But the extra width and durability will be necessary when on rough ground.

In contrast, if, while talking to the bike pros, the individual settles on a type of riding that involves pavement or manicured bike paths, then a narrower tire and bicycle wheels will be in order. This provides a smoother, more effortless ride, which will probably be the goal. Of course, the heavier tire and wheel can be used on smooth surfaces, but there will be some loss of speed and the ride will not be as smooth. Narrow, lighter tires and wheels, on the other hand will probably not stand up to rough riding for very long. The key to success with any type of tire that is matched to terrain is to maintain the recommended tire pressure and watch for signs of tire/wheel failure to head off any trouble.

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Adam Peters is the editor of .A website with tips on Hutchinson fusion tires and cycling.

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