Eventually, your bicycle’s tires will wear out and you will need to purchase new ones. Since most cyclists have to deal with buying new tires so infrequently, the process remains a bit of an unknown to the masses. It doesn’t have to be that way! Choosing the right tires is not difficult at all for the casual rider. Besides, riding on worn out tires can increase the chances your tires will blow out or lose grip of the road, which are real, life-threatening dangers.
The first thing you have to know in order to replace your old, worn out tires is what size they are. Bicycle tire size is two-dimensional. Tires are first measured by their diameter, the distance from one end of the tire through where the wheel’s axle will be. Most bikes use tires that are between 25-27 inches. BMX bicycles commonly use 20 inch tires.
The other dimension is the tire’s width, which is a good indicator of how much grip it will have. Wider tires will have more grip, meaning improved control, but at the cost of losing more of the work you put into the bicycle to friction against the road. Tires that are wider also allow for more treading, which increases a cyclist’s control in muddy or wet conditions. Wider tires are more common among beach cruisers and mountain bikes, while narrow tires are prevalent on road and racing bikes.
To make matters simple, most tires actually have this information physically printed on them, so it should be easy to find. Otherwise, you can measure it out for yourself. When you go to make your tire purchase, be sure to get tires that fit your bike, are durable, and have an appropriate level of treading for where you ride.
As a parent, one of the scariest and most uncertain times in your life is watching your child drive off alone for the first time. With over two million injuries and 40,000 fatalities every year due to car accidents, your child is at risk of being in an accident every time he or she gets behind the wheel. There are a number of dangers your child could encounter on the road, but one of the most serious and difficult one to deal with is driving in winter weather.
Not only does winter weather present a number of obstacles that are dangerous, but it also presents driving conditions our children may not have experience dealing with. Fortunately, you can be proactive and help your child understand what to do if he or she encounters snowy or icy road conditions.
Above all, try to prevent your child from driving during inclement winter weather if at all possible. However, if your child must drive during this weather, make sure he or she knows to:
- Decrease their speed significantly. Reports suggest that speeding is the single greatest contributing factor to accidents on icy or snowy roads.
- Allow three times more space than they normally would allow to stop
- Never slam on their brakes on icy or snowy surfaces
- Use lower gears and never use cruise control on icy roadways
- Let off the accelerator and steer into the direction of a skid until they regain control
Parents should also make sure their child’s vehicle is read to handle icy conditions. This means:
- Make sure windshield wipers work properly and headlights are cleaned and turned on
- Make sure the vehicle’s tires have an appropriate amount of tread on them. If you live in an area of the country with significant snow and ice you may consider getting your child chains for the tires.
One way you can help decrease the risk of a car accident for your child is to practice these techniques in a snowy, open parking lot so that they are better prepared if and when they have to deal with snow and ice on the open road.
Unfortunately, car accidents happen often when the weather gets extremely cold, icy, or rainy. If you have experienced an accident in inclement weather due to another driver on the road, you may want to reach out to a legal professional to learn about your options. To read more about different types of auto accidents, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® discusses these issues in English and in Spanish.