The New Blockley Beaded Edge Range
In recent times the "specialist" tyre suppliers advise that owners of some Vintage, Edwardian and Veteran cars should avoid the use of Beaded Edge (Clincher) tyres for anything other than mild use, which can also mean just for standing the car on. And then suggest in use that later wheels be fitted . This is because none of these specialists can supply Blockley beaded edge / Clincher tyres and tubes, because we will not supply them. Many of these Wholesaler specialists also have their own tyre brands, designed by themselves, which is why they can advise they should not be used -- these people are salesmen with no engineering background, and the tyres they get made reflect this !
At Blockley we disagree with the "advice" these so called experts pontificate! The Blockley range of beaded edge tyres are nothing short of the best beaded edge tyres ever produced. Any car fitted with beaded edge (often referred to as Clincher in the USA) in period can now revert back to the correct fitments, and use them with confidence, as many have now done.
Blockley Tyre Co. embarked on the production of a superlative range of beaded edge / Clincher tyres only due to the dire situation of what was on offer from all the tyre wholesalers. Because we use Cincher type tyres ourselves, we needed something reliable and of decent quality compared to what the experts were offering us, because there was nothing for sale that we would want to put on any cars.
After considerable research, coupled with our experience with this period of cars, over a ten year development programme, we got to the bottom of why the situation was as it was, and produced our first size, which after thorough testing showed it to be a truly fantastic product. All of the tooling, including the moulds, were newly built from scratch (which is the case with any Blockley Tyre size we make) to our specifications to ensure a no compromise product, which cannot be surpassed! And unlike everyone else selling beaded edge tyres, Blockley produces a bespoke correctly fitting individual inner tube for every tyre size, whereas the others have a few sizes with alot of tyre sizes written on them! But when a beaded edge tube has "Michelin" written on it, people assume it must be good, even although one tube may have 5 or so sizes written on it . . .
Blockley Beaded Edge tyres are constructed with robust sidewalls and correct taller dimensions, and all this combined with a carefully designed period looking tread patterns designed in house. Unbelievably, one can now achieve truly terrific mileages along with excellent levels of grip, as one would expect from a Blockley product. And Blockley beaded edge tyres all have the correct period diameters - unlike other brands available - these smaller diameters being a result of cheaper manufacture - at best being worried about the tyre coming off more easily, or just being ignorant of what they should be.
If your car has been updated to later well base wheels, you can now revert back to Beaded Edge tyres with confidence with all the advantages of lighter steering and far better looks, as was intended by the makers in period. And by sticking with the wheels you have you save the expense and trouble of having new wheels made. If going back to beaded edge, at least we live in a time when there are excellent wheel rims produced (contact us for advice) which we can put you on to.
It is interesting to note that not so long ago Michelin produced a huge range of Beaded Edge Tyres . This large company had so much trouble and complaints that Michelin solved the problem by axing production and ceasing selling them, rather than get to the bottom of the problems. But they carried on with the incorrectly sized tubes which are sold to this day. There is more to making a good beaded tyre than meets the eye, and this is why Blockley Tyre Co exists. Apart from beaded edge / clincher type tyres we also produce other cross ply, straight sided, radial and even millimetric sizes for cars as late as the 1980's.
And remember that because we at Blockley sell our products direct to the end user (and through some carefully selected outlets) all our tyres cost no more than anything else available, and the Blockleys are usually considerably less. Interestingly since our Blockley beaded edge range have become available the Classic tyre wholesalers have slashed their prices, offering free tubes with tyres, and there is alot of subsidizing of UK prices going on! But this doesn't change the situation that the Blockleys are the best tyres and perfect in every way, yet because we sell direct without these middle men we can sell a much better product at a lower price to the end user who is the person were making them for. The reaction to all this will be slashing prices and other shenanigans, but those products are still the same ones that was the cause of Blockley making beaded edge tyres.