Are airless bike tires the answer for reliable commuting?

With no risk of punctures to stop you, will airless bike tires make your cycling commute more dependable?

Image shows an airless bike tire.
(Image credit: Tannus)

Airless bike tires might just be the answer to the cycling commuter’s worst problem. If you’re going to use your bike to get to and from work, you want your journeys to be reliable, but the thing most likely to stop that is getting a puncture. They have a tendency to occur in clusters and usually when it’s most inconvenient, you’re in a hurry, it’s cold, dark or wet.

So a technology that avoids the risk of having to a fix a bike puncture is of even more benefit to the commuter cyclist than the leisure rider. Fortunately it exists: airless bike tires (which sounds better than calling them solid tires) are a real alternative on a commuter bike.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.