Beaded Edge Tyres

Veteran Car Tyres

  • Beaded edge tyres were fitted to most vintage cars until the mid 1920s.
  • In the USA beaded edge tyres are called clincher tyres & in France pneu talon.
  • They must be run at high pressure. A minimum of 60psi on vintage cars.
  • Follow this link for tips on how to fit beaded edge tyres.
  • The Wards Riverside 30X3½ & Wards Riverside 30X3 are perfect for the Ford Model T.
  • In the tyre description the large number is diameter and smaller number is the section size.
  • To find your inner tube click on a tyre of your size and it will offer you an inner tube. Or use our Inner Tube page.

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Beaded Edge Car Tyres

Clincher tires are unreliable technology, which is why they stopped using them. Please bear in mind that in period these tyres regularly punctured and came off the wheel rim.

For example; the French 1908 Grand Prix which was run over 769.88 km, 478.38 miles, one of the reasons that Christian Lautenschlager won in his 140hp Mercedes which was using beaded edge tyres was because he only had 22 punctures.

Beaded Edge Tyre

Prior to 1924, in the veteran and vintage car period, the majority of European automobile manufacturers fitted clincher wheels for use with beaded edge tyres. Some car manufactures such Ford continued to fit clincher tires up to the late 20's because they were cheaper and manufacturers like as Sunbeam and Bentley stayed with beaded edge tyres because kept the steering nice and light.

Beaded edge veteran and vintage tyres have large circumferential ridges of hard rubber (the bead). These beads fit into the hook ‘clinch’ of the special wheel rim.

Beaded edge vintage tyre

Clincher Tires

The Term Clincher tire is the American term for beaded edge tyres. Beaded edge tyres need a minimum tyre pressure of 60psi to push the beads into the clinch of the rim and keep the tyre in place. The most common cause of a beaded edge vintage tyre failure is lack of pressure allowing the tyre to detach itself from the rim. Beaded edge tyres can only be used on the rim size for that specific tyre size.

Beaded Edge Tyre Videos

How do you remove a beaded edge tyre?

This video shows the technique for removing clincher tyres. Hope fully it show you how to do it yourself. If you do struggle, contact Longstone tyres where we offer a beaded edge tyre removal service.

How do you fit an inner tube to a beaded edge tyre?

It is worth fitting the best quality inner tube you can get. Michelin in our mind make the best range of clincher inner tubes. This short film will demonstrate the easiest an best ways to fit your beaded edge tyres with a quality inner tube.

How do you fit a beaded edge tyre?

We have made this short film demonstrating how to fit a clincher tyre, which we hope you find useful. Longstone Vintage tyres do offer a beaded edge tyre fitting service to vintage car owners.

What are the best beaded edge tyres?

For a Model T Ford, possibly the most common user beaded edge tyres we would suggest fitting the Wards Riverside tyres 30X3½, if it is a pre 1918 Model T, then it will probably want 30X3 Wards Riverside on the front. For the other vintage cars the range of Ensign Chevron Cord are excellent tyres with a good carcass structure and use the period Dunlop Chevron tread pattern.

Q: Do beaded edge tyres need inner tubes?

A: Yes they are critical in a clincher tyre, it is the inner tube that holds tyre beads of the tyre in the rim and stops your beaded edge tyre from coming off.

Q: What is the difference between a clincher tyre and a beaded edge tyre?

A: Non. A Beaded edge tyre and a clincher tyre are exactly the same. The term clincher tyre is used in the US.

Q: What tyre pressure do you put in a clincher tyre.

A: Clincher tyres need a minimum of 60psi in them to hold the bead of the tyre into the rim. You may find lower recommendations in original books, but bare in mind, before 1924 the majority of roads were not tarmac and the tyres were not subject to anywhere near the same side forces. We would put 60psi in an Austin 7 and 90psi to 100psi in a Silver Ghost.

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