You can strip down your bike to the mere essentials. You can do without a saddle if necessary, or without a rack and mudguards. Brakes? Well, breaks are nice, but there are fixed gear bikes that ride quite nicely without them. Tires on the other hand are an absolute must. They add the “cycle” to bicycle. They define the way your bike runs and how it feels on any given surface. Bike tires also are a vital safety feature of your bike! Here you can find out everything about the different types of tires, which valves fit your wheels and which hoops are best for cycling through sunshine, rain, mud and snow.