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The right rubber can make your bike faster, more comfortable, and more reliable too, here's how to choose it and set it up

Nothing affects your bike's performance and comfort like its tyres - simply keeping them pumped up to the optimum tyre pressure is perhaps the most effective bit of maintenance you can do, but there is also the matter of choosing the right rubber for the sort of riding you do. Tyres come in all sorts of different sizes from the super-skinny to the fashionably fat and the ones your bike came fitted with aren't necessarily going to be the most effective or efficient for the type of riding you do.

In the last of our cycle maintenance videos Cycle Surgery chief mechanic, Andrew Brown talks us through the various tyre options on offer and how to choose the right one for you - and most importantly he demonstrates how to fit and set your tyres up to ensure optimum performance and comfort. 

The whole series of our bike maintenance videos is available now on Youtube to help you get to grips with the essentials of keeping your bike running efficiently all year round. 

How to Clean and Lube Your Bike for Maximum Cycling Efficiency
How to Get the Best from Your Bike's Brakes
How to Keep Your Bike's Wheels Round, Tight and True
How to Adjust Your Bike's Gears for Maximum Shifting Performance
How to Choose the Right Gear Ratios for You and Your Bike
How to Cure Your Bike's Creaks and Squeaks
How to Choose and Set Up the Right Tyres for Your Bike

Tony has been editing cycling magazines and websites since 1997 starting out as production editor and then deputy editor of Total Bike, acting editor of Total Mountain Bike and then seven years as editor of Cycling Plus. He launched his first cycling website - the Cycling Plus Forum at the turn of the century. In 2006 he left C+ to head up the launch team for Bike Radar which he edited until 2008, when he co-launched the multi-award winning road.cc - which he continues to edit today. His favourite ride is his ‘commute’ - which he does most days inc weekends and he’s been cycle-commuting since 1994. His favourite bikes are titanium and have disc brakes.