Bridgestone Plans To Roll Out New Airless Bicycle Tires

May 4, 2017


These are the new 'Air Free Concept' airless bicycle tires developed by Bridgestone that the company hopes to bring to the market by 2019, or approximately five months after the world ends. Whether it ends with a bang or whimper remains to be seen, but I'm hoping for a bang, preferably by a massive alien laser cannon.

With a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of the tires supporting the weight of the vehicle, there is no need to periodically refill the tires with air, meaning that the tires require less maintenance. At the same time the worry of punctures is eliminated. In addition, the spoke structure is made from thermoplastic resin and, along with the rubber in the tread portion, the materials used in the tires are recyclable, contributing to the efficient use of resources. Further, by pursuing extremely low rolling resistance and contributing to reductions in CO2 emissions through use of proprietary technologies, Bridgestone believes it is possible to achieve even higher levels of environmental friendliness and safety. Bridgestone is pursuing this technological development with the aim of achieving a "cradle to cradle" process that proactively maximizes the cyclical use of resources from worn tires into new tires and the use of recyclable resources.

Green technology! Reducing, reusing, recycling! Admittedly, it is annoying getting a flat when you're out biking. Still, I'm not convinced we're thinking outside the box enough. I'm thinking instead of making airless bike tires, we should be making seatless bikes. "So I'm supposed to pedal around with a seat post up my ass." Get connected, become one with the road!

Thanks to Javier, who agrees if it's not a step towards hoverbikes, it's a step in the wrong direction.

  • Jenness

    Mr. Garrison, the teacher on SouthPark already created the no seat ones - they have a stick up the bum and in the mouth - hilarious episode ->

  • Collin Hughes

    God help you when a stick gets caught in those and then hits your fork at 15 mph.

  • GeneralDisorder

    It doesn't look much different from regular spokes. Cyclocross bikes have rather thin tires (they're basically road bike wheels with aggressively treaded tires) and they don't just randomly get sticks in their spokes.

  • Jenness

    Maybe they will cover them but this just shows the inside? Because you are right, that would be awful.

  • palpable ovaltine

    You can't really cover them. They flex with bumps. If there was a cover it would have to be something like a stretchy rubber membrane, which probably wouldn't hold up well. But the risk of a stick is pretty low depending on the use. Road bikes have spokes that are about as close together and people don't usually have problems with sticks.

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