Which type of tyre for my city bike?

Suitable footwear is the be-all and end-all for hikes, and all the more so the more changeable the weather and the more challenging the routes. What is true for our feet and a secure grip is equally decisive for our hiking boots. Several factors thus form the basis for our purchase decision. Many people don’t think much about tyres before buying a city bike, but the type of surface you ride on is essential for your safety and riding pleasure. In the following, we will list four decisive factors and criteria that will help you in your decision:

  • During long tours, tyres with high puncture resistance are advisable.
  • On predominantly varied terrain, a universal tread is indispensable.
  • On demanding tours over forest paths and gravel roads, only tyres with tread provide sufficient grip.
  • City tyres with little or no tread guarantee optimum mileage on asphalt. They are virtually silent.

Tyres with tread

✅ Good grip
✅ Suitable for gravel roads and trails
✅ Wider range of use
❌ Heavier than tyres without tread?
❌ Louder when rolling?
❌ Wobbly handling when riding on asphalt and in curves

Tyres with little tread

✅ Direct contact between tyre and ground
✅ Almost noiseless
✅ Very good grip on asphalt
❌ Little grip off-road or on wet surfaces
❌ Not suitable for snow and mud

What is the best tyre pressure for my city bike?

(We assume a person weighing 70 kg)

  • Tyre width: 35 mm: 4.5 bar (65 psi)
  • Tyre width: 40 mm: 4.0 bar (58 psi)
  • Tyre width: 50 mm: 3.0 bar (44 psi)

In general, you can assume a tyre pressure of 4 bar. For narrower tyres it is better to use 0.5 bar more and for more ready tyres 0.5 less.

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