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What are "folding tires" ?(8 posts)

What are "folding tires" ?nite
Nov 17, 2002 4:15 PM
Hello,
I'm new to biking and new to this site for that matter. I was hoping someone could answer a question about tires I have please. I would like to be able to have a spare tire as well as a spare tube with me when I train, just in case. I've seen certain tires are called "folding" tires. Does this literally mean they can be folded and stowed in a bag?

Please forgive my stupidity.
Any help would great.
Thank you.
A folding tire is just that........gogene
Nov 17, 2002 5:22 PM
....it uses Kevlar, generally, instead of wire for the bead, allowing the tire to be folded. Folding tires are lighter than their wire beaded brethren. Usually there is no need to take a spare tire with you unless you ride on some nasty-stuff-filled roads. Usually a spare tube or two and/or a good patch kit.
Kevlar beadsKerry
Nov 17, 2002 5:30 PM
The "conventional tires" you may be used to have wire beads. This means that there is a piece of wire imbedded in the tire around each inside edge - the bead - where the tire contacts the rim. Folding tires have a bead as well, but it is reinforced with kevlar (polyaramide fiber) instead of wire. These tires are typically lighter and more expensive than wire bead tires. You're better off to carry a boot for a torn tire than to carry a spare tire, since you likely will "never" need a spare tire unless you are doing some serious touring or junk yard racing. For boot material, just cut some 4"x4" (10 cm x 10 cm) squares of Tyvek (the white "plastic paper" that express mail envelopes are made of). Folded double, Tyvek will boot any reasonable tire damage well enough that you can get home.
A folding tire is much less swearing when you get a flat :-)PeterRider
Nov 17, 2002 6:06 PM
Ever heard of slash-proof car tires?manofsteel
Nov 17, 2002 9:47 PM
for not one but TWO tires?
Tire Boot Instead.Chen2
Nov 18, 2002 8:58 AM
As Kerry noted, it's usually not necessary to carry an extra tire unless you are touring far from civalization.
What I carry for a boot is a 3 - 4" section of innertube. This piece of tube doubles as a place to carry rolled up paper money, for spending at convenience stores.
The better tires are generally folding.
~Al
Tire Boot Instead.74
Nov 19, 2002 10:31 AM
use money for a tire boot... its great as you can buy a new tire with it when its finished as a boot.
Tire Boot Instead.Chen2
Nov 19, 2002 10:44 AM
That's what I thought until I say one of my friends blow out $5 in $1 dollar bills trying to boot his tire. Have you ever seen what 120# can do to a dollar bill? Actually after he switched the bad tire to the front wheel the money held OK, but not in the back.
~Al