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How Tires are Made: Michelin & Schwalbe

Old 11-22-12, 06:22 AM
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How Tires are Made: Michelin & Schwalbe

The whole idea of bicycle tires, their history of development, and how they are made, has always been a fascinating topic to me.

Here are a couple of videos on how both, modern-day auto and bicycle tires are made. I think some of you guys might find the topic of tire production, just as interesting as I do:

Michelin Tire Production
https://wn.com/How_Michelin_Tires_are_Made3
(Auto Tire)

Schwalbe Tire Production
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0P3oQWo22A
(Bicycle Tire)

So what do you think?

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Nice video, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing .
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Nice video, thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for sharing .
You guys are so very welcome!

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Originally Posted by SlimRider
The whole idea of bicycle tires, their history of development, and how they are made, has always been a fascinating topic to me.

Here are a couple of videos on how both, modern-day auto and bicycle tires are made. I think some of you guys might find the topic of tire production, just as interesting as I do:

Michelin Tire Production



https://wn.com/How_Michelin_Tires_are_Made3

(Auto Tire)

Schwalbe Tire Production
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0P3oQWo22A
(Bicycle Tire)

So what do you think?
Interesting.

I thought Schwalbe tires were hand made in Germany! Turns out, the tire is ENGINEERED and manufactured in Asia going back to 1970! The only thing German about this tire is the name!
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Old 11-24-12, 12:10 AM
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is there a film for continental tires? i'll have to go to the library to see them- phone line connection at home.
i LOVE to watch mfg'ing films. i saw one a while back of a car factory in the '30s. it was a trailer at the end of a movie.
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The car tires are interesting but much of the work involved in car tires doesn't really apply to bicycle tires.
Car tires have high-enough loads and speeds that they experience internal heating just from the tire flexing, something that no bicycle tire does.

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There is a episode of the UK TV show "How It's Made" that shows bicycle clincher tires in a Continental factory-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM_x0qPM8Ok
(you can get lost for quite a while in the "how its made" videos...)

Also an unrelated print article here-
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/contine...ring-2012.html
There is a companion video for this article; they flew the MTB racing team to the factory for a tour. I neglected to save the link. A lotta cheesecake mostly, no new technical info.


There is also a shorter non-narrated video showing a guy using less-sophisticated machinery, making a green tire. It is very certainly industrial-level equipment he's using, but it is simpler (older perhaps) than what you see in the Schwalbe and Conti videos. There is no information given on what company it is or where the video was taken, and this is the only video ever uploaded by this user account-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtygf9eTsAI

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I do find it amusing how all these companies (in these videos and the Vittoria tubular one, as well as car tires, motorcycle tires ect) like to stress that their tires are 'hand-made'..... well no sh*t Sherlock. Bicycle tires are hand-made,,,, car tires are hand-made,,, motorcycle tires are hand-made. Airplane tires, tractor tires, truck tires..... they're ALL hand-made. Nobody knows any way to get a machine to make them properly yet. If they did they'd be doing it and charging a lot less for the end results.
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Originally Posted by Doug5150
The car tires are interesting but much of the work involved in car tires doesn't really apply to bicycle tires.
Car tires have high-enough loads and speeds that they experience internal heating just from the tire flexing, something that no bicycle tire does.

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There is a episode of the UK TV show "How It's Made" that shows bicycle clincher tires in a Continental factory-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JM_x0qPM8Ok
(you can get lost for quite a while in the "how its made" videos...)

Also an unrelated print article here-
https://www.pinkbike.com/news/contine...ring-2012.html
There is a companion video for this article; they flew the MTB racing team to the factory for a tour. I neglected to save the link. A lotta cheesecake mostly, no new technical info.


There is also a shorter non-narrated video showing a guy using less-sophisticated machinery, making a green tire. It is very certainly industrial-level equipment he's using, but it is simpler (older perhaps) than what you see in the Schwalbe and Conti videos. There is no information given on what company it is or where the video was taken, and this is the only video ever uploaded by this user account-
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gtygf9eTsAI

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I do find it amusing how all these companies (in these videos and the Vittoria tubular one, as well as car tires, motorcycle tires ect) like to stress that their tires are 'hand-made'..... well no sh*t Sherlock. Bicycle tires are hand-made,,,, car tires are hand-made,,, motorcycle tires are hand-made. Airplane tires, tractor tires, truck tires..... they're ALL hand-made. Nobody knows any way to get a machine to make them properly yet. If they did they'd be doing it and charging a lot less for the end results.

Hey there, Doug!

Thanks for your colossal contribution!
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The Schwalbe video is a bit on the "dramatic" end of the spectrum to say the least
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf
The Schwalbe video is a bit on the "dramatic" end of the spectrum to say the least
How so, BBW?
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The way the narrator talked? Sounded like an old WWII newsreel. Just a bit dramatic for my liking.
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Originally Posted by bigbadwullf
The way the narrator talked? Sounded like an old WWII newsreel. Just a bit dramatic for my liking.

Alright, so you didn't like the narration...Ok, that's fair game!
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