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The tyre (or tire for those in America!) fits on the rim of the bicycle wheel and is in contact with the road or trail surface. The tyre provides a little bit of suspension and, importantly, generates the forces necessary to balance, turn and brake. You may have heard some of this lingo before, but there are a few different techniques for attaching the tyre to the rim. Two of the most common types of tyres are "clinchers" and "tubulars", each of which go with specific rims. Clincher Tyres The easiest way to envisage clinchers is to picture them as...

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