Tubes and Tyres
Replacing your bike tyres regularly helps to keep your bike rubber side down and minimises tube punctures.
How can I tell if I need to replace my bike tyres?
- Repeated tube punctures - frequent flats is an indication your tyre tread is wearing thin, allowing small stones and pieces of glass to puncture your tube
- Damaged / worn tyre sidewalls - sidewalls of a tyre can get damaged through impact with obstacles such as potholes and rocks and if tyre pressure is not maintained within its recommended range
- Tread wear indicators - many tyres come with tread wear indicators, small hole indents located in the central area of the tread, which disappear as the tyre wears signalling the end of their life
- Tyre bead problems - tyres with a damaged bead can blow off your wheel rim as the inner tube gets inflated
- Tread pattern wear - uneven tread pattern wear and shallowing of tread pattern are signs your tyre is wearing thin and needs replacement
How can I prevent tube punctures?
- Tyre pressure - Maintain tyre pressure within recommended range by pumping them up at least once a week
- Slime - inject a slime/sealant into inner tube with a removable core
- New tyres - Replace your tyres if wear indicator disappears and or if wall/bead/tread becomes cracked or slashed