Unusual Air Free Bicycle Tires

Tokyo-based tire company Bridgestone has announced a next-generation bicycle tire that doesn’t need to be inflated with air. Spearheaded by Bridgestone Corporation and Bridgestone Cycle, this futuristic concept allows for the development of bicycle tires without punctures.

The “Air Free Concept” means no air is necessary to support weight, making use of a unique structure of spokes stretching along the inner sides of tires, while the resins that are used in the spokes and rubbers in turn help realize more efficient use of resources. The Japanese company set out to make the bicycle tire available in 2019, just in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.