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The rubber covering on the wheel of a bicycle.

Example usage: I need to replace the tyres on my bike.

Most used in: English-speaking countries.

Most used by: Cyclists, bike mechanics, and other bike enthusiasts.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 3/10

Also see: Tires, Wheels, Tubes, Rims,


What are Tyres in Cycling?

Tyres are the rubber tubes that encase the rim of a wheel in cycling. They provide grip, cushioning and traction between the wheel and the road. They also provide a smooth and comfortable ride, as well as protection from punctures.

Tyres are available in different sizes and types, depending on the type of bike and the terrain it is used for. For example, road bikes typically use narrow, high-pressure tyres, while mountain bikes use wider, lower-pressure tyres. The width of the tyre and the tread pattern can also affect the ride and performance of the bike.

Tyres also have an important role to play in the safety of the rider. Tyres with good grip are more likely to provide better control when cornering, braking and accelerating. The right tyre pressure can also help to reduce the risk of punctures.

In the UK, approximately 3.1 million people cycle at least once a week. Therefore, having the correct tyres and ensuring they are regularly maintained is an important part of cycling safety.

The Origin of the Word “Tyres” in Cycling

The word “tyres” is derived from the word “tire”, which was first used in England in the early 19th century. At the time, it referred to a type of material which was used to cover the wheels of a carriage. It was made of iron and was used to protect the wheels from wear and tear.

The term was adopted by the cycling industry in the late 1800s. It was used to refer to the rubber coverings which were used on the wheels of a bicycle. These rubber tyres provided cushioning and improved the performance of the bike, making it more comfortable to ride.

Since then, the term “tyres” has become a generic term for the rubber coverings used on all types of wheels, from bicycles to cars. It is now used worldwide to refer to the rubber coverings which protect and improve the performance of a vehicle’s wheels.

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