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Tires

Retreading Tires

Retreading Tires

While tires are generally meant to be disposed of once they’ve lost their tread, some kinds of industrial tires are so expensive that it’s worth giving them a second life via retreading. Pete’s Tire Barns shows how they refurbish worn out airless tires. Original video here.

Duct Tape Spare Tire

Duct Tape Spare Tire

We learned from Mythbusters just how versatile duct tape can be. But here’s one use we never thought of – making a spare tire out of the sticky stuff. Life OD tried just that with surprisingly usable results. Unfortunately, it cost more to make than buying a cheap rubber tire.

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Why Winter Tires Matter

Why Winter Tires Matter

We recently spent a day with the fine folks from Michelin and TireRack.com to see why winter tires are critical in colder climates. Those all-seasons your car came are okay down to about 44º F, but below that, you’ll be much safer and better controlled with true winter tires.

Tire Tripler Machine

Tire Tripler Machine

Full-size tires take up a whole lot of space when being transported or stored. This machine allows multiple tires to take up far less room by folding them up and storing them inside each other. Of course, you’ll need another machine to unpack them.

Doing Donuts on National Donut Day

Doing Donuts on National Donut Day

After you wolf down your requisite dose of fried dough and sugar today, sit back and enjoy some donuts of the automotive variety, courtesy of pro driver RJ Anderson, as he spins circles on his BFGoodrich® Tires. As Anderson proves, the best donuts are the ones you make yourself.

Bridgestone Air Free Bike Tires

Bridgestone Air Free Bike Tires

Based on a similar, but simpler design to their airless car tire concept, Bridgestone is showing off a bike wheel and tire combo which use a series of flexible thermoplastic spokes to absorb shocks and can never go flat. They hope to put them into production by 2019.

Goodyear Eagle 360 Concept Tire

Goodyear Eagle 360 Concept Tire

A far-future tire design for autonomous vehicles. The Eagle 360 would offer cars much greater maneuverability, thanks to their spherical shape, a larger contact area, and unique tread design. Their mag-lev attachment system is like having four BB-8s driving your car.

Alloygators

Alloygators
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Protect the pricey rims on your car from getting curbed with Alloygators. These durable strips fit between your rim and tire to absorb any dings or scratches, and can be cleaned up to look good as new. Available in both bright accent colors and stealthy black or alloy hues.

Discolor Safety Tires

Discolor Safety Tires

Designers Gao Fenglin and Zhou Buyi’s concept for tires would use colored layers to indicate how worn the treads are in a much more obvious way than today’s difficult to use tread wear indicators.

The Future of Tires

The Future of Tires

Hankook Tire held a competition challenging designers to look at tires from a whole new angle. Ben Zavala’s innovative Tiltread design won, but any of these finalists could change the tire paradigm.

ERW Airless Bike Tire

ERW Airless Bike Tire

If designer Brian Russell has his way, you’ll never get a flat again. His concept bike tire is made from rubber stretched over carbon nanotube-reinforced rods, to provide a cushioned ride without air.

Humvee Airless Tires

Humvee Airless Tires

A while back we saw some airless tires, but they could only hold up a scooter. Resilient Technologies is already testing its airless tires on something much more impressive – a Humvee. Zoinks!

Carved Tire Art

Carved Tire Art

Belgian artist Wim Delvoye took thick rubber car and truck tires, and carved intricate patterns into their sides and treads, creating stunning works of art from otherwise discarded junk.

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Cyglo LED Bike Tires

Cyglo LED Bike Tires

Can’t afford a TRON lightcycle? These Cyglo Tyres (yes, they’re British) have durable LEDs embedded into their tread or sidewall, providing the coolest glow you’ve seen on two wheels.

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