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wire/folding tires(3 posts)

wire/folding tiresRGR
Aug 26, 2002 1:46 PM
Just wondering what the differences are between wire bead and folding tires. I was looking into getting a pair of Vredestein Ricorso tires at bicycletires.com and noticed that they're only available in wire bead. Anyone out there who would recommend these tires? Should I fork out a little extra $$$ for the Fortezza?

Really appreciate all the advice!
Thanks!
re: wire/folding tiresFredrico
Aug 26, 2002 3:12 PM
Wire beads keep the tire on better, although they're a tiny bit heavier and the tires don't fold up, if you want to carry one as a spare(!)

Wire beads are also easier to mount, and will never roll off the rim if flatted. I never use kevlar beaded tires, for these reasons, and the clincher (sic) is that the same tire is always cheaper with a wire bead.
FWIW, you CAN fold a wire-bead tire...sort ofcory
Aug 27, 2002 7:47 AM
One of the issues with wire beads is that it's hard to carry a spare on a tour or a ride where you can't get to a shop. They won't fold as small as a Kevlar bead, but if you grab opposing sides of the tire and bring them toward each other with counter-rotating wrist twists (sort of like those self-opening windshield shades), they'll fold into a three-layer circle about a foot in diameter. Fits in a good-sized fanny pack or straps onto a rear rack. Tape or a twist-tie will hold them in shape.