The quest for fitness and adventure often begins with the purchase of a cycle. For most new cyclists, this seems to be enough – whether for a ride to the market, the daily commute to office or a trip to the mountains.
As it turns out, this is far from enough. Besides buying a cycle, one needs to be sure about the specific purposes of tyres. Different tyres are meant for different terrain and even different climatic conditions. If you don’t keep that in mind, you stand the risk of breakdowns.
Tyres used for cycling on the road typically have a smooth tread, narrow profiles and low tyre volume.
If you want to cycle for recreational purposes only, choose a tyre with good rolling resistance, which is fast and lightweight. But this may not be ideal for everyday commute. It is certainly not to be taken on tough terrain.
If you want to drive fast, choose narrow tyres. For those who want to race, a narrow tyre with low rolling resistance provides less biking comfort but good speed. The terrain should be dry though. The ideal season to use such tyres is the summer.