When to replace bike tyres: Warning signs and what to look out for

Cannondale SuperSix Evo Ultegra Disc Di2
(Image credit: Aaron Borrill)

Like any bike component, the best road bike tyres must eventually be replaced to ensure optimal performance, grip and puncture protection. Many cyclists fail to realise the importance of using high-quality rubber - not only does the humble tyre represent your bike's only contact point with the road or trail surface, they greatly affect the way it behaves, too.

Worn tyres will fail to grip the ground as well as a new pair of tyres, which could lead to dangerous situations out on the road or trail. An old tyre will also not protect against punctures or sidewall tears as effectively. 

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Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California and quickly learned how fun road cycling can be. He has dabbled in road, criterium and cyclocross racing as well. He lives in Durango, Colorado, where there are endless mountain views and hilly gravel routes.