Commuting by bike is a great way to get fit, and save money. Making sure that you have a good grip on the road surface, and taking steps to avoid punctures, is wise though; so which tyres are best for commuting? Let's find out...
What are cycle commuting tyres?
Commuting on a push bike, will often mean riding in busy urban areas; as a result, you'll likely be on roads that could be peppered with puncture-inducing debris, as well as having an uneven surface.
A commuter bike tyre is specifically designed for tough urban conditions; with a higher volume than normal road tyres - to provide grip and comfort, as well as puncture prevention strips laced in under the tread, to help ward off that deflating feeling.
Commuting tyres usually still have a slick, or semi-slick tread pattern; this is because you still want to be efficient and fast through the urban jungle!
One of the best examples of a bicycle commuting tyre, is the Schwalbe Marathon GreenGuard City Tyre
Commuting tyre dimensions
Most commuting and hybrid city bikes will use 700c wheels; this is the same diameter as road bicycle wheels - a size chosen because it rolls fast, and handles well.
Commuting tyres are also available for mountain bikes though, and there are options for 26 and 27.5 inch mountain bike wheels. Note: a 29 inch mountain bike wheel is the same diameter as 700c.
We have a great range of 700c and 26-27.5 inch city tyres available at Wiggle.
Most commuting and hybrid bikes will opt for a larger tyre width than normal road bicycle tyres; this is to provide added comfort and grip, as well as reduce the risk of punctures.
If your tyres are 700c, then look for 32 or 35c widths. If your tyres are 26 or 27.5 inch, then look for widths between 1.5 and 2.0 inches.
The LifeLine Essential Armour Commuter Road Tyre is a great example of a 700 x 35c tyre; and also features added puncture protection and reflective sidewalls.
What is the recommended pressure for commuter tyres?
Hybrid tyres are usually marked with a pressure range on the side of the tyre: from the minimum that will support a rider of average weight, to the absolute maximum the tyre can hold. Do not exceed the maximum!
If your tyres don't have a pressure range printed on their side wall, then 50-60 PSI is a good choice for most road commuting tyres.
What commuter tyre is best for you?
Within our extensive range of commuter tyres, you'll find that there are both slick and semi-slick tyres; slick tyres will be ideal for when your commute is solely a tarmac affair, whilst semi-slick tyres provide added grip on light trails and gravel cycle paths.
A great example of a slick commuting bike tyre is the Vittoria Randonneur II Tyre
A great example of a semi-slick commuting bike tyre is the Schwalbe Marathon Plus Smartguard Rigid MTB Tyre