The Bibendum tyre was Michelin’s mid '20s development for wired on tyres
Bibendum and other forms of wired on tyres on well based wheels allowed much lower tyre pressures than earlier forms of pneumatic tyres
Bibendum tyres are suited to millimetric wheels only
Michelin Bibendum Tyres
Millimetric Bibendum Tyres
Bibendum was Michelins Name for its New Tyres
|Michelin, aware of the concerns over vintage tyres detaching themselves from beaded edge tyre rims, pursued the design of a Bibendum rim with a well for only half its circumference. However as the well-base wheel proved its integrity and its design was refined Michelin's bibendum tyres rim was discontinued.|
Michelin Bibendum Vintage Tyres
Michelin's Bibendum tyre dimensions for these bibendum rims are predominantly given in metric terms rather than the more commonplace imperial measurements used for well-base wheels. It is dangerous to fit metric tyres to imperial rims and imperial tyres on metric rims as the sizes are not interchangeable.
Superconfort Bibendum Tyres
Resulting from research which led to even lower pressures and slower wear, Michelin brought out a very low pressure Bibendum tyre in 1932, the 'Superconfort'. 1935 saw the launch of the 'Superconfort Stop S' the first bibendum tyre with a heavily striped tread pattern, specially designed for wet surfaces. At the time, Michelin was the only manufacturer who knew how to make this type of Bibendum tyre with the famous wavy 'zig-zag' stripes, which greatly improve safety because of the excellent grip they give. As its name suggests, the 'Superconfort Stop S' tyre offers exceptional comfort, in addition to its performance on the road.