Bike Tyres and Inner Tubes
Bike Tyres - We specialise in bicycle tyres!Your tyres are perhaps the most important parts of your bike. After all, without tyres you won’t get very far and you’ll break your wheels in no time! If your tyres are punctured, you can go to a bike repair shop - such as one of our Service Points - to have them fixed or replaced. Or you can buy a pair of new tyres and replace them yourself. When looking for suitable bike tyres, you may come across things you don’t know or that are unclear. The most frequently asked questions are listed below.
What bike tyres do I need?
Which tyres you need depends entirely on what kind of bike you have. A mountain bike has thicker tyres than a road bike; and city bike tyres are different from e-bike tyres. On Mantel’s bike tyre page, you can use easy filters to select the tyres that fit your bike, so that you know to get the right ones. We offer the following types of tyres:
How long do bike tyres last?
How long your bike tyres will last depends on how often and on what surface(s) you cycle. The more often you cycle, the faster the tyre tread will wear down. And if you cycle on gravel paths, your tyres wear faster and need to be replaced sooner than if you ride on smooth asphalt. So, how long your tyres will last is different for everyone and every bike. We recommend checking the tyre tread on a regular basis; if there’s hardly any pattern left, it is high time to replace your tyres to avoid dangerous situations.
How do I fix a puncture?
We've all been there - riding along happily on our road or mountain bike and poof... a flat tyre. If this happens, you can go to a bike repair shop to have your tyre or inner tube repaired or replaced or, if you’re a bit handy and have the right tools, you can take care of the puncture yourself. It’s easy but if you try and cannot get it done, we’ll be happy to help you at one of our Superstores or Service Points.
How hard should my bike tyres be?
How hard your bike tyres are has to do with tyre pressure, indicated in ‘bar’. The higher the bar to which you inflate your tyres using a bike pump, the harder your tyres will be. In most cases, the maximum bar allowed in a bike tyre is printed on its sidewalls. In fact, you’ll often find a range there, indicating the minimum and maximum required pressure. So if it says 8-10 bar, you should inflate the tyre to a pressure between 8 and 10 bar. If you have a bike pump with a pressure gauge, you can easily read the current bar when inflating a tyre. If you make sure your tyres are always well inflated, you will ride comfortably and your tyres will last a long time!
How should I inflate my bike tyres?
It goes without saying that we use a bike pump to inflate bike tyres. Which pump head to use depends on the valves in your tyres. There are Presta (or French), Dunlop (or English) and Schrader (or car or American) valve types. For the best and easiest way to inflate your tyres, read this blog.
What size bike tyres do I need?
The size of your bike tyres is usually indicated in ETRTO, which stands for the European Tire and Rim Technical Organisation. This organisation ensures standardisation in tyre and rim sizing and has developed an international size indication for tyres; the so-called ISO or ETRTO code. It consists of 2 numbers; the first number indicates the width of the tyre in millimetres; the second number indicates the diameter of the bead. Many city bikes, for example, have tyre size 37-622; so the tyre is 37 mm wide and the bead has a diameter of 622 mm. The ETRTO code is printed on the sidewalls of most bike tyres, so if you want to buy a new tyre, simply look there to know which size you need. If you have a city bike, the most common tyre size is 37-622.