What do you do if you’re halfway home on your bike, and it starts snowing? You could throw your bike in a cab, or carry on cycling, hoping you’re not going to slide out and hurt yourself. Or, you could stop and grab the studded tire skins you keep in your pannier, quickly zip them over your bike tires, and then continue on your way safely. That’s the genius of reTyre! It’s a new product that launched on KickStarter last year, and is now doing well. reTyres is a modular tire system that lets you quickly adapt your bike tires to meet changing conditions, such as off-road cycling, or snow. Here’s a video that shows how they work. Note that this video was made for KickStarter, but the KickStarter is over – the company has been successfully funded. Also, please read to the end of this post to find out how to win a set of reTyres.
Pretty clever, we think. And it’s not just us – road.cc named reTyre in their list of top 10 techie innovations for bikes in 2018.
Origin of reTyre
reTyre was launched by company founders Sigmund Andenes (CTO) and Paul Amundsen (CEO). They put their concept on KickStarter last year, and hit their funding goal by September. The idea is that you put reTyre base tires on your bike, and then you can adapt to changing conditions by zipping on a skin. The zippers are integrated into the tire skins, high quality, and positioned so as not to incur damage while you are cycling. reTyre claims the zippers will last as long as the tires.
Obviously, zipping on a skin is a lot quicker and easier than changing a tire, especially on the side of the road! Hence reTyre’s motto: Because easier is better!
Types of reTyres
retyre One are fast rolling, durable road tires. Think of these as your foundation tires. Over top of that, you can zip either of the two skins, to adapt quickly to changing conditions. For example, if it starts snowing, or if you need to leave the pavement and cycle off-road.
Note that the skins are designed to work with the reTyre One base tire – which means that you cannot just buy the skins and put them on your existing bike tires.
reTyre Urban Winter skins are studded winter skins, to give you optimal grip when cycling on snow and ice.
Trail King skins are designed for high performance on trails and downhill, so that your bike can have optimal grip and handling on rough terrain. Here’s a video that shows how handy these are:
Sizes of reTyres
You can buy a set of reTyres to fit wheels that are 26, 27.5, 28, or 29 inches.
Subscribe to Average Joe Cyclist to Win a Set of reTyres!
We’re going to give a complete set of reTyres (28″) to one of our readers in our new subscription contest. That’s two each of the base tires, plus two winter skins and two off-road skins. Simply click on this link to subscribe to Average Joe Cyclist’s mailing list (never more than one email per week), and you will be entered to win. If you are an existing subscriber, just send Maggie an email saying “Count me in for the reTyre draw” and you will be entered to win. We use our mailing list to let you know about new posts and new prize draws, and also to let you know if we get any special coupon offers for our readers. But never more than one email per week, at most! (Because we hate subscribing to lists and then getting five emails a day!)
Find out More About Retyres
reTyre is working on more innovative products, such as Smart skins with embedded electronics. You can find out more and discover where to buy reTyres on ReTyre’s website here.
Follow reTyre on social Media
reTyre on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reTyreBiking/
reTyre on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/reTyre
reTyre on Twitter: https://twitter.com/re_tyre
reTyre on Instagram: @retyre
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