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Video History of Wheels 3
Video History of Wheels 4
Video History of Wheels 5
Video History of Wheels 6

Video Tyre label
Video History Sec. Wheels
Video Winter Tyre
Video Snow Chains
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Video Radial Ply Tyre
Video Cross-ply Tyre
Video Low Cross-section
Video Tyre fitting
Video Additional information
Video Wheel Balancing
Video Bus Wheel Balancing
Video Tyre Production 1
Video Tire Production 2
Video Speedlimits
Video Wheel Load Limits
Video Roller Reststance 1
Video Stiction
Video Emergency Running 1
Video Emergency Running 2
Video Tyre Press. Control 1
Video Tyre Control 2
Video Tyre Press. Control 3
Video Rims
Video Alloy Rim
Video Alloy Rim (production)
Video Drop-center Rim
Video Spoked wheel
Video Rim Hump
Video Rim (truck)
Video Emergency Wheel
Video Offset
Video Wheel Positions
Video Wheel-measuring
Video Wheel Base
Video Steering Offset
Video Castor
Video Steering axis incl.
Video Wheel Alignment
Video Relative Steering Angle
Video Track
Video Camber
Video Obl./Side slip angle
Video Axle Alignment 1
Video Axle Alignment 2
Video Axle Alignment 3

Video Tyre Calculation
Video Inch -> mm
Video Slip
Video Axle Load Distrib.
Video Payload Distrib.
Video Roller Resistance 2

Video Wheels
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Motor car tyres at that time, were pumped up to a pressure of 5 bar. This is not the only reason why they were a menace for the motorists. They had to be checked before each trip, which they often enough didn't survive. In the course of a race, up to 50 tyre-changes were quite normal. For this reason, it was considered a blessing, when the removable wheel-rim was finally introduced in 1905.

Hardly 100 kms without a puncture ...

Tyre-codes and the respective standardisation have been around since 1903 (Friedrich Veith). Continental first supplied tyres with a tread in 1904 (see above pictures). Minor tyre damages could possibility be repaired on the spot, those with more serious damages had to be sent in for an uncertain duration. New tyres were only bought in exceptional cases. In spite of the amount that was paid for other repairs and the short service intervals, the tyres were considered to be highest expense. Sometimes more was spent on tyres than was for fuel.

To increase the mileage performance fivefold, the low-pressure tyres were introduced in 1920. Almost just as important, was the mixing in of a product, which is simply described as 'soot'. This is not simply that which is removed from the kiln after the burning, but an industrially made substance with a carbon content of at least 80%.

In the beginning, solid rubber tyres (see pictures) were also superior as far as load-carrying was concerned, thus, they were still used on trucks for a long time. Even into the second half of the last century, they could still be found on carny-trailers and circus wagons. The pneumatic tyres were not suitable for trucks, due to the heavy loads of up to five tons that they were transporting. Unfortunately, also the solid rubber tyres were not free from wear and tear, particularly when they became heated.

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