Humptulips Ridge Tires Are Here

Humptulips Ridge Tires Are Here

The new Humptulips Ridge 26″ x 2.3″ knobbies have arrived! Usually, we airship just a few tires for photography, but with so many riders eagerly awaiting these tires, we sent over a few more. We have a small quantity with Standard and Extralight casings (tan sidewalls), as well as the Endurance casing (dark tan). Sorry, no black tires at this point, and no wholesale orders until the ‘real’ shipment arrives.

We’ve enjoyed the new tires on our own autumn and winter adventures, and we’re excited to get them into your hands as well. Now you can enjoy the grip and performance of our dual-purpose knobbies, whether your bike runs 26″, 650B or 700C (29er) wheels.

At the same time, we’ve also restocked most of our other tire models, but some quantities remain limited. It’s no secret that there have been shortages of bike parts this  year, and it’s looking to get even more difficult in 2021. Between interruptions of production due to Covid, shipping disruptions, and increasing demand as more people cycle, it’ll be a while until things get back to normal. We appreciate your patience when some components are temporarily unavailable.

In other news, we’re relieved that the Great Inner Tube Shortage of 2020 is ending, at least for now. We just received another shipment of tubes, and most sizes are in stock again. In some cases, we could only get unboxed tubes, but they are the same quality and work just as well. Some quantities are limited, but hopefully, things will normalize further in the near future.

We’ve also added patch kits to our program. If you’re collecting your tubes until you’ve got a handful to patch, it’s quite efficient and not only saves money, but also keeps the old tubes out of the landfill. There are a few tricks to patching tubes; we’re working on a post about that.

We’re also expecting a shipment from Berthoud Cycles soon – watch this space for an announcement when the popular handlebar mirrors and bags are back in stock. If you’d like to be notified when products come back in stock, make sure to sign up to our newsletter.

We know that our products are essentials for many riders, and we’re working hard on having them available at all times. We wish you enjoyable winter rides and a happy holiday season.

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Comments (12)

  • Ford Bailey

    Yes !! How exciting that you’re able to get these a little early !

    December 15, 2020 at 5:22 am
  • marmotte27

    “There are a few tricks to patching tubes; we’re working on a post about that.”

    Maybe in that you’ll be adrdessing the following issue: since using your tires (LoupLoup Pass), I notice that patches (I use the Rema TipTop ones common here in Europe) tend to stick to the inside of the tire, especially the orange edge. Careful unsticking normally get’s tube and tire separated fine, but today while removing a tube after a flat, for the first time a patch got torn off the tube. How to prevent the patch getting stuck to the tire?
    My patches are installed correctly, inasmuch as they do not leak, and don’t come off (until today that is).

    December 15, 2020 at 8:37 am
    • Jan Heine

      What you’re seeing is ‘cold vulcanization’ of the patch to the tire casing. The same happens with tubes, which is why many tubes are covered with an anti-stick coating. With the wide tires we ride now, we put a lot more miles on the same tires without taking them off, so this is more noticeable in the past. I’ve had tubes stick to the tires so badly that they were almost impossible to remove. (The tires were worn out, but I wanted to reuse the tubes.) Putting some talcum powder into the tires (do it outdoors and don’t breathe the powder!) prevents this from happening.

      December 15, 2020 at 8:56 am
    • Tim Evans

      Google “Rema Tire Talc.”

      December 15, 2020 at 9:23 am
      • jon h

        Hi Jan, any intel on when 60mm valve stem tubes for 42-584 ETRTO tires will be available? Thanks

        December 17, 2020 at 3:39 am
        • Jan Heine

          Sorry, no schedule for those. Supplies are still very unreliable.

          December 17, 2020 at 8:03 am
  • Tim Potter

    Forgive the slightly off-topic question: I’ve got a couple of your older high-end tires (Compass Babyshoe Pass) that have sidewall weather checking issues. Wondering if you have tips for something that can be applied to the sidewalls to extend their life? Rubber cement maybe?

    December 15, 2020 at 9:16 am
    • Jan Heine

      I know that riders used to apply liquid latex to expensive tubular tires that got UV damage before they wore out. We don’t have experience with that – unless you store your bike outdoors or near a source of ozone (refrigerator, heater blower), modern tires last a very long time.

      December 15, 2020 at 9:45 am
    • John C.Wilson

      Ben Nye Clear Latex. Used for theater makeup. Cheap, safe, simple, available. Do not substitute the flesh tone latex, you won’t like it.
      Needs to be refreshed a bit often for my taste. If you don’t care to continue using it you haven’t lost much.

      Jan is likely correct you are parked near an ozone source. Has not happened even a little bit on my RH tires.

      December 17, 2020 at 8:35 am
  • N Monty

    If a frame can fit the 26″ Rat Trap Pass tire, is it reasonable to assume the Humptulips Ridge will also fit?

    Or do the knobs increase the effective width of the tire? Thanks!

    December 15, 2020 at 9:35 am
    • Jan Heine

      Almost… The width is about 0.5-1 mm wider. The height is about 1-2 mm taller.

      December 15, 2020 at 9:43 am
  • Pat

    Thanks Jan
    Can’t wait to put a thousand or so knobbie miles on in 2021

    December 15, 2020 at 11:13 am

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