J E James Cycles understands that tyre choice is quite a personal selection process. Choosing a tyre for racing, training or commuting with so many widths and tread patterns available can be quite daunting. So what should you consider when buying your new or replacement tyres for your road or hybrid bike.
Firstly what is your intended use? Are you wanting to race? If so, a lightweight, slick or semi slick tyre that accepts high pressure (over 100psi) with a width from 23mm to 28mm is a good place to start. Some are more suited to dry weather and others wet, but finding a road tyre that works well either way is not impossible.
A training tyre or one you want to use for club runs or longer endurance rides may not need to be so light. However, you may want to consider a harder wearing tyre with more puncture resistance and one that is suited to both wet and dry road conditions, as you never know what weather you’ll get on a day’s full ride
Commuting or touring? A good, mixed terrain tyre may be just what you’re looking for. These commonly tend to be a little wider 28mm - 38mm (depending on your bike’s clearance). With good puncture resistance and a more detailed tread pattern for light, gravel and trail use. These tyres tend to run at lower pressures (around 60-80psi) and give more traction on looser ground and protect wheel rims a little more on bad road surfaces - ideal for winter commuting.
For the specialist cyclo-cross rider there are specific tyres. These are designed with substantial tread, with the pattern varying for dry or wet weather riding. The width is commonly 32mm-38mm and can usually be run at quite low pressures for added traction on soft or muddy ground.
Many of today’s tyres are also designed to run without tubes and as long as you have compatible rims, fitting these along with a tubeless puncture resist fluid can help improve a day’s ride, knowing that punctures are less likely to spoil your day. Running a tubeless ready tyre system can also allow lower pressures giving more traction without risking pinch punctures, an added bonus for the cyclo-cross rider!
So, whether you have a preferred tyre or need to shop around for a new tyre, our road tyre section is a great place for finding your ideal choice.