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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

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.