Know More About Tyres

The oldest physical evidence of wheeled movement was found in the form of miniature clay wheels north of the Black Sea before 4000 B.C. from the middle of the 4th millennium BC. A Tyre is a ring-shaped component that surrounds a wheel’s rim to transfer a vehicle’s load from the axle through the wheel to the ground and to provide traction on the surface over which the wheel travels.

A word tire is a short form of attire, from the idea that a wheel with a tire is a dressed wheel. The spelling Tyre did not appear until the 1840s when the English began to shrink fitting railway car wheels with malleable iron.

Most tyres, such as those for automobiles are pneumatically inflated structures, which also provide a flexible cushion that absorbs shock as the Tyres roll over a rough or wet surface. Tyres provide a footprint, called a contact patch that is designed to match the weight of the vehicle with the bearing strength of the surface by providing a bearing pressure that will not deform the surface excessively.

The earliest tyres were bands of leather rather than iron (later steel) placed on wooden wheels used on carts and wagons. The first patent appeared to be a standard pneumatic Tyre, appeared in 1847 lodged by Scottish inventor Robert William Thomson but this never went into production. The first practical pneumatic Tyre was made in 1888 on May Street, Belfast, by Scots-born John Boyd Dunlop later Sir John Fagan participated in designing the first pneumatic Tyre. In 1946, Michelin developed the radial Tyre method of construction (which is one of the leading Tyre brands For Sale on the market).

So the materials of modern pneumatic Tyres are natural rubber, synthetic rubber, fabric and wire, along with carbon black and other chemical compounds. They consist of a tread and a body, the tread provides traction while the body provides containment for a quantity of compressed air.

There are different classifications of Tyres. There are two major classes of Tyres for Sale, according to the presence or absence of a tube in them. Thus, they are called ‘tubed Tyres’ and ‘tubeless Tyres’ respectively. Furthermore, based on the construction or skeleton of Tyres known as carcass, Tyres are classified into the following main types:

  • Cross-ply or bias-ply
  • Radial ply
  • Belted-bias ply: This is a combination of the above-mentioned types.

However, the majority of the Tyres used nowadays belong to the class of radial tubeless Tyres.

So come into your local Minty’s anywhere nationwide or contact us and let our experts have a look at your vehicle for the perfect Tyre for your wheels. And let us fit your vehicle with the best Tyre from our vast and varied range of Tyres with a smile and expert experience.

Minty’s is amongst the leading tyre suppliers in South Africa, and is recognized for our high standard of customer service. We have built a reputation amongst our customers and ensure that they receive tyres and alloy wheels of the highest quality, amongst the largest brands nationwide.

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