Finding the right tires for your hybrid bike can be tricky. There are so many factors that go into choosing bike tires, sometimes it’s a little overwhelming! You have to consider the tire size, the tread, how often you use your bike, WHERE you use your bike, and so on for what seems like forever!
Shopping for new tires doesn’t have to be so stressful! Here are a few tips and pointers to narrow down your search and make buying new tires a synch!
Take Into Consideration
First, you’ll need to evaluate what exactly you want from your tires. Do you want them to be large, do you want them to be cheap, do you want the tread to be for mountain biking or roads, etc. Let’s break down what exactly you can expect when shopping for a new set of bike tires and what you may want.
Treads are an important factor in picking out new tires. They will determine the grip that your bike has on whatever surface you are riding on. You can either choose a very specific type of tread or a more generalized tread, depending upon the terrain you most frequently cycle.
- Knobby Treads. Knobby treads more closely resemble car tires. They have knobs that are sized according to what type of trails or roads you will be cycling on. Small for smoother trails/roads, tall for rocks, wide for softer dirt, and even knobs specifically designed just for mud! These are the most common tire treads on the market.
- Slick Treads. Slick treads are best for roads and city commuting. They are smooth treads with a slight pattern that goes over the entire tire. They may be the right tires for your hybrid bike if you live around a lot of pavement!
- Semi-Slick Treads. Semi-slick tire treads are half slick, half knob. They have wider knob treads on the outside while having what seems to be a line of slick down the center of the tire. These types of treads are great for road cycling with a little bit of off-roading! The knobbed sides make it great for speed and sharp turns!
- Inverted Treads. Inverted treads have the most grip. They are aptly named because instead of knobs that jut out from the tire, the knobs seem to be folding into the tire. These types of treads are great for off-roading, especially difficult trails with lots of divots and potholes!
Size and Extras
The size of hybrid bike tires you’ll want for your bike is completely up to you. What fits your bike best is also important. First, you’ll need to know the diameter and width of the tires you desire and whether or not they are compatible with your hybrid bike.
You should also look into the kind of valve you’d prefer on your bike. There are two kinds, Presta valves, narrow and thin valves and more common on expensive bikes, and Schrader valves, wider than the Prestas and very common, just like on car tires. Once you find the size you want and the valves you prefer, it’s time to get buying!
Finding the Right Supplier
The right tires for your hybrid bike can be purchased at a number of locations. In a bike shop, online, or in larger chain stores. Each location offers you as a consumer a different experience.
Online is certainly the easiest of the bunch. You save time and money on gas by simply starting up your laptop and point and click. Then in three to five business days, you’ve got new tires!
You can shop in a chain store, but you won’t have expert experience or a very wide variety of bike tires suitable with your hybrid bike.
If you live in a town that has a local bike shop, then it’s probably best to get your tires from there. They will have expert knowledge of the product and will be able to answer your questions should you have any. They will more than likely also provide a service where they put your new tires on your bike themselves!
New Tires, New Ride
Finding the right tires for your hybrid bike doesn’t have to be a herculean task! Go online, shop retail, or browse locally to find a store that has the bike tires you want! Knowing what kind of tread, the size of the tire, the valve type, and of course the cost of the bike will make your purchase that much easier. The next time you ride your hybrid bike, you’ll be riding along on your awesome new hybrid bike tires!