Bicycle tires are a weak link in the cycling world. They fail when you need them the most and can be a pain to repair. More often than not, a flat tire is the death sentence for a bicycle whose owner doesn’t have the tools or the know-how to fix the flat. If an owner brings the bike it into the shop to be repaired, the busted tire is thrown in the refuse pile joining the approximately 1.3 billion bicycle tires that are disposed of every year because they have cracks or puncture marks. Instead of contributing to this growing collection of waste inflated tires, Nexo North America has a better idea — two tire models, Ever Tires and Nexo Tires, that never get a flat. Ever Tires is an airless tire …
I found this article on this morning’s Yahoo News listed under Lifestyle and posted by Digital Trends.
This is not a new concept. Solid rubber tires have been available, whatever size you require, for bicycles for 20 years that I know of. The one in the photo has holes in the side walls to make it lighter. But it’s still going to be heavy and require more energy to keep in motion. Take it from me, when you are on a 100-mile-ride you need as much going for you as you can get.
Barb and I are experienced cyclists with thousands of bicycle miles in our wake. We would still be at it if she didn’t have arthritis her right knee and I wasn’t crowding 80 years of age. Reflecting on our experiences – a trip to Grand Canyon, pedaling across Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, cycling across Missouri’s Katy Trail, and thousands of day rides – I think the author of this post is mistaken.
I don’t think the author has seen how far his legs will take him.
The weak link is not the tires. The weak link is the person pedaling, traveling too far to pedal back. Been there. Done that.
Sure, flats are part of the cycling equation. They happen. Often. When we lived in the Arizona desert I fixed at least one flat each day. I can remove the wheel, remove the tire, patch the tube or replace it – whatever is required – and be ready to resume our trip in 10 minutes, or less.