It depends on what you’re looking for.
For the first time, the U.S. Department of Transportation is giving consumers a way to compare and shop for tires for their bike.
The DOT is asking consumers to submit tire reviews online.
The DOT has partnered with the Consumer Reports Tire Test Center (CRTC), which will use the data to produce an “informative and authoritative guide” to choosing tires.
The tires will be available for purchase through the Tire Depot chainstore and Tire Rack.
The CRTC will also provide a database of thousands of tires and tire brands.
The tire test will be the first of its kind, the DOT said.
It’s not the first such survey on tires and bicycle wheels.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a similar survey in the early 1990s.
But the survey was conducted by researchers and did not directly link to a tire test.
“It’s an excellent example of a product and service that is truly based on user feedback,” said Joe DePillis, president and CEO of the CRTC.
The CRTC and the DOT collaborated on the project to collect user feedback on the best tires for various purposes.
The test results are available online at tire.crc.gov/index.aspx?id=828.
The data will be shared with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the agency responsible for regulating vehicle safety and the nation’s roadways.
The study is being conducted by the CRtc and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
It was published online today and will be updated as new data becomes available.
The study is expected to cost $5,000.
“Our goal with this project is to encourage people to get their tires tested for road hazards so that they can know what is in their tires that will protect them on the road,” said Richard Bovey, chief technology officer of the National Association of Bicycle Manufacturers.
Bike shops are increasingly relying on sensors to detect road hazards.
They’re using smart phones to monitor how fast and how hard cyclists pedal on certain roads, for example.
The sensors are often used to identify when drivers need to slow down, but they can also be used to detect if a cyclist is wearing a helmet.
But a lot of people don’t buy the smart phones.
The data from the CRT survey will be used by bike shops and dealers to develop safer and more reliable tire designs.
“The CRT test data will help us design new tires and better understand the characteristics of new tires,” said Boveys vice president of product strategy and marketing, Bill Lippert.
The bike shops have been using sensors for years.
But they are now getting more advanced and are starting to use a technology called “inertial measurement units,” or IUs.
IUs measure how far the tire has traveled without moving at all.
In the past, tire manufacturers used accelerometers to measure speed.
But IUs are much less sensitive than accelerometers and are less accurate than them.
“The more accurate you get at measuring acceleration, the better the tire will perform and the less wear it will show,” said Michael Pacholick, president of the Bicycle Industry Association.
Inertial units have the advantage of being accurate for up to 30 miles per hour, but a cyclist may wear the tire for about 50 miles before it stops working.
But in a survey conducted by a bike shop in March, the CRTF said only about 10 percent of the bikes tested had brakes.
“We need to improve on the brakes,” said Pachick.
But he said the CRTA is working with bike shops to improve braking.
The new tire design will also help the industry address the issue of tire failure.
If a tire breaks, the wheel will come apart and fall off.
But if it doesn’t, the tire can absorb a small amount of impact.
“What we need to do is to develop tires that are as reliable as the rest of the bicycle,” said John Zilbers, vice president for tire performance at CRTC, in an interview.
The test will not help all cyclists avoid wearing a bicycle helmet.
The more likely you are to wear a helmet, the less likely you will wear a tire that can withstand impacts, he said.
But because of the increased use of sensors, bike shops should have more reliable tires.
“In general, we want to improve safety,” Zilber said.
“We want to make the roads safer.”