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Michelin bicycle tires

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Michelin bicycle tires on this page: Lithion black 700 x 23 | Hi-Lite Tour 700 x 35 | Hi-Lite Supercomp HD 700 x 18

The Michelin multinational tire-making giant got its start in 1889 with its introduction of the removable (as opposed to glued-on) bicycle tire. This new technology got a giant boost in 1891 when Charles Terront won the first edition of the Paris-Brest-Paris bicycle race using these revolutionary Michelin tires.

Michelin, headquartered in Clermont-Ferrand, France, trades back and forth with Bridgestone the status of being the world's largest tire company.

Michelin Elan tire

Introduced in the 1970s, The Michelin Elan was one of the first high-pressure clinchers.

Original Michelin tire man

For fun, here is an early Michelin Man. Michelin named their mascot "Bibendum", usually shortened to "Bib".

Mike Wolfe

And here I am doing my Bibendum imitation


Michelin Lithion Black 700 x 23 folding bicycle tire. New, $30.00/each

  • Folding Kevlar bead
  • Silica-based, twin-texture tread is designed for excellent grip and efficiency
  • Overlapped, extra-supple casing is reinforced for a comfortable ride and puncture resistance

Michelin Lithion tire

Here's the tire in its factory packaging

Michelin tire

Close-up of the tread

Lition black tire

Out of its pacakge and unfolded a bit


Michelin Hi-Lite Tour 700 x 35 folding bicycle tire. New, $30.00/each

Part# 46823

Folding Kevlar bead

Michelin tire

A wonderfully comfortable tire. But please make sure your bike has sufficient clearance for a 35mm wide tire.


Michelin Hi-Lite Supercomp HD 700 x 18 folding bicycle tire. New, $30.00/each

  • Folding Kevlar bead.
  • This tire uses a double-density fabric weave for its casing fabric. This higher thread count gives the tire a stronger and more puncture-resistant casing.
  • This tire has a smooth tread which Michelin says is made from a special soft rubber compound.
  • This is a discontinued tire that still has a devoted following who found it one of the best-riding tires they ever used.

Michelin Supercomp HD tire