Video: How bicycle tires are made

This video from Vittoria shows the manufacture of their tubular tires.

The tires shown in this video are “tubular” tires and are mostly used for track racing and professional road racing. As shown in the video, the tire casing is sewn around the tube.

The tire most cyclists are familiar with are “clinchers” — these are the usual bike tires where a tire is mounted over a tube on a bike rim. In spite of the extra effort required to repair and mount tubulars, they’re used in pro racing because, historically, tubulars have been lighter and safer than clinchers.

5 Comments

  • May 3, 2011 - 5:04 pm | Permalink

    hi Richard,
    I had the opportunity to visit a Continental Tires factory here in Germany a while a go and also did some video of their regular tire and tublar tire production. The amount of (manual) work and knowledge required to manufacture something basic like a bicycle tire is really underestimated…
    –> http://www.mtb-news.de/news/2009/04/25/2150-video-schwarze-magie-so-werden-mtb-reifen-hergestellt-zu-besuch-bei-continental/

    Cheers
    Thomas

  • May 3, 2011 - 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for that, Thomas. And you’re right – the manual labor involved is surprising.

  • May 3, 2011 - 7:46 pm | Permalink

    schwalbe had a great video…

  • May 3, 2011 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    So many cool bike videos! Thanks for that.

  • May 4, 2011 - 3:42 am | Permalink

    Fascinating video. It’s amazing to see the number of steps and the amount of manual labor that goes into making these high end tires – no wonder these can run for upwards of $100 a piece!!

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