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    Question about Walmart fold-up tires vs former non- fold tires

    I notice that Walmart type stores only sell tires in a little box. Advantage for Walmart is these tires take up less shelf space.
    My question is: how do these tires compare with the former non folding tires, as far as durability and flat resistance?
    I live near a large university and the university sells abandoned Huffy type bicycles for
    about $5, twice a year. Usually have a rusted chain and a flat tire. These bikes are easy to repair, or use as parts bikes. The majority of the bikes have almost no wear on the tires.
    Last edited by jimdays; 04-08-11 at 12:53 PM.

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    Folding tires have been around a long time. I prefer them because they are usually easier to install and I can carry a spare just in case.

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    They have Kevlar beads instead of wire so they are easy to fold up, tread is no different than wire-bead tires.

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    Thanks for the reply. Makes me feel better to think that the new type tires should be as good as the older ones.

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    Yep, the tires are no different. Only the tire's bead, which allows them to be folded.
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    They also usually have a higher thread count per inch for a smoother ride quality over wire bead tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimdays View Post
    I notice that Walmart type stores only sell tires in a little box. Advantage for Walmart is these tires take up less shelf space.
    they are easier to transport and take less room in the truck. Walmart is largely responsible for may things not coming in a box at all like deorderant, shampoo, mouthwash and many other items.
    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

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