Tires have not always been those long lasting, comfy riding, high grip units we are used to. Not so long ago, vehicle tires were an entirely different looking, and performing, piece of technology.
While the wheel is positively ancient, at around 5,000 years old, the tire is much newer, at about 150 years old. Horse-drawn carriages of the time used hand-crafted wooden wheels with a steel band as the tire. This band was called a “tie”, and may have led to the word “tire.” The tire was heated in a forge, put on the soaked wheel, and quenched in cold water, contracting the steel tire to the wheel. Steel was used for several reasons. First, it was durable enough for … Read the rest