03 Sep '12, 12pm

Ask Umbra: Why do bike tires suck?

Through years of bicycle riding, I’ve never been able to pinpoint the exact reason why bicycle tires suck so badly. One fills a car tire with air maybe once or twice a year (really just checking the overall pressure), but a bike tire, it seems, has to be topped off over and over. Why are bike tires so lousy at their intended job of holding air under pressure? John B. Ann Arbor, Mich. Photo by Shutterstock . A. Dearest John, Do you view topping off your tires as burden or pleasure? Because I will admit, I enjoy the ritual of checking the air pressure, marveling at how low it has gotten, assuming my best Groucho stance to operate the floor pump, wondering if I’ll expend all my strength before the ride has even begun, then taking off on nice taut tires. It makes me feel vaguely well prepared and vaguely mechanically inclined, two characteristics that are not among my foremost...

Full article: http://grist.org/living/ask-umbra-why-do-bike-tires-suck-2/

Tweets

New Way to Speed | Porsche Design Bike

New Way to Speed | Porsche Design Bike

justluxe.com 04 Sep '12, 7pm

The designs of the new Porsche bikes are taken from the sleek curves of the classic Porsche 911 car. For Porsche enthusias...

Here is what London’s elevated bike network could look like:

Here is what London’s elevated bike network cou...

grist.org 05 Sep '12, 4pm

Screenshot from Skycycle concept video. A London architect is trying to convince the mayor that the way to expand the city...

Bike ride anyone? :) We hope you are enjoying y...

bmwusa.com 03 Sep '12, 8pm

Explore Sports Activity Vehicles X3 xDrive28i Overview Model Highlights Media Gallery Features & Specs Build Your Own xDri...

[FITNESS] Looking to upgrade your bike? Here are some recommendations for various terrains:

[FITNESS] Looking to upgrade your bike? Here ar...

is.asia-city.com 12 Sep '12, 1am

Mountains For a country without mountains, we sure do have some pretty good trails here, particularly those at Bukit Timah...

GreenGT H2 rolls on Dunlop tires designed for hydrogen racer

GreenGT H2 rolls on Dunlop tires designed for h...

green.autoblog.com 04 Sep '12, 2pm

Dunlop teams up with GreenGT to develop tires for hydrogen-powered race car August 24, 2012 Dunlop Motorsport has announce...

Yellow Bike, Yellow Bloom

Yellow Bike, Yellow Bloom

karencheng.com.au 10 Sep '12, 1pm

On the weekend, I rode 100km for my training ride. It was a fantastic ride! I’ve been doing that distance with my training...

Most Popular Articles of August: Wacky Pedal-Less Bike, Killer Cats, and More

Most Popular Articles of August: Wacky Pedal-Le...

treehugger.com 04 Sep '12, 9am

Look mom no pedals! Will this Flintstones style pedal-less bike take off? We also have kittycam revealing hardened killers...

Suck It Up: A Texas pool house's design is info...

greensource.construction.com 04 Sep '12, 10pm

“Spongelike” would be the last descriptor for soil conditions in Austin, as the mostly-limestone ground only sips the thun...

A new proposal could take London’s cycle paths to new heights

A new proposal could take London’s cycle paths ...

cntraveller.com 05 Sep '12, 2pm

The 'Wiggo effect', triggered by Olympic Gold medallist Bradley Wiggins' impressive road cycling performance, has well and...