OT? bicycle tires
1) I thought, starrting about 1978, that bicycle tires had to have a
reflective strip on each side, so the tires would show up in
headlights. I've seen tires for sale without that. ???
2) Bike tires could be twisted into three rings, easier to carry than
one big ring but still pretty bulky. Now Bell and maybe others sell
tires where the tire is rolled up, and from left to right, including
both beads, the tire is flat. These are sold in boxes where the front
of the box is cut out and one can see the surface well and touch it.
Now isn't the middle of the tire longer than either bead? Does it
stretch when it's rolled up? What about the side wall? Does the middle
' This 26" tire can be used as a spare tire, because it folds and
unfolds with ease.
Bell Sports 26" Road Tire:
Does not fit comfort, cruiser or mountain bike'
I believe it may be required in Europe but not in the US. I assume not
Japan either as the tires that I've seen with the reflective sidewalls
are all European (Michelin, Schwalbe, etc.) but Panasonic tires don't
You'd probably get a more exact answer asking somewhere like
rec.bicycles.tech (or A. Muzi may be reading this group?)
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
Yes, the wheels needed a reflector, and I added them to this bike,
built from junk parts 38 years ago. Red in front and white in back,
iirc (My bike is upstairs, but I'm too lazy to go look)
But I had a pair of tires that also had a reflective strip, ring,
circle, about 1/4 or 3/8 inch across, on the sidewall. And I
remember seeing a commercial, or maybe a public service announcement,
on tv that showed a bike from the car driver's pov, and the two
reflective circles were very noticeable, and were enough to make it
seem like a bicycle.
Now, when I needed another tire, I thought every tire would have them.
Not that I plan to ride at night, but I've been starting about dawn
when it's not hot out, and I can imagine waking up earlier and having
nothing to do but ride.
I think they sell Michelin bike tires here, in the US. I'll look.
Thanks. I'll check with them. I didnt' get that far alphabetically
yeah you are required to have reflectors on a new bike sold in the US -
usually white front red rear.
I and most cyclists hate them (they always rattle and look goofy, and
there's a pic floating around somewhere of a reflector stuffed into the
chainstay of a 'spensive new carbon fiber frame, apparently that
happened when a reflector came loose on a test ride!) so the reflective
stripe tires really are an excellent idea.
Another idea which I did on one of my bikes is if you have deep section
rims you could put little patches of 3M reflective tape on the side of
the rim (but obviously you cannot do that if the entire side of the rim
is the braking surface.) That still looks a little Fredly but better
than the plastic reflectors, and if being a Fred keeps me from getting
hit by a car, so be it.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
The picture here agrees with what Nate said, white front and red rear.
But that's not the way I remember the rules, and it makes more sense
the other way.
If the bike is to your right, say, but headed into your path (in a
car) , you really should stop, and that's why the front tire should
have the red reflector. OTOH, if the bike is in front of your car
already and headed, to your left, out of the path of the car, you may
only have to slow down, because in a couple seconds the bike won't be
in your way. So the rear wheel doesn't need a red reflector. It can
be white or something.
To prove my point I went to google images of "bicycle" and most by far
have NO wheel reflectors, and most of the rest have two that are the
same color!!!! (white, orange, or red) I went to kmart.com and
walmart.com and their pictures of bicycles have no wheel reflectors
either. So now I''ll hve to go to a store that sells bikes.
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