|A Michelin Technology Primer|
|The Skinny (and Fat) on Tire Sizes|
|Why a Smooth Tread on Road Tires?|
|Mountain Bike Tire Knobs, Their
Shapes and Positions
|Inner Tubes Explained|
|Tire Casings and Reinforcements|
Tire Care & Maintenance
|The Michelin Man's Advice|
|Mounting Your Tube-Type Michelin Tires|
|Mounting Your Tubeless Michelin Tires|
|The Importance of Air Pressure (Road)|
|The Importance of Air Pressure (MTB)|
Why a Smooth Tread on Road Tires?
The oval shape of a bicycle road tire contact patch permits effective water evacuation to help keep the tire from hydroplaning.
The footprint of a 23mm tire (approx. 7 sq. cm) is so small that the bike would need to be traveling at about 120MPH in order to hydroplane.
Nevertheless, some road tire models are designed with specific tread structures – primarily for cosmetics or to comfort the consumer. Sometimes tread features can help provide a harder rubber compound a better mechanical link with the road surface, for better grip.