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Why do we use rubber for tires – part 1

By |2020-09-30T15:11:15-04:00September 30th, 2020|Tips and guides|

Today, whether natural or synthetic, vulcanized or mechanically softened, rubber is present in virtually every sphere of our lives. From latex gloves to electrical wires and rain boots, this versatile rubber is known for its elasticity and plasticity. Originally, this substance was only derived from the sap of certain plants. Surprisingly to us, it has been in use for at least half a millennium in Central and South America. Of course, it is only very recently that it has been [...]

The fabulous story of the puncture proof tire!

By |2020-09-25T15:15:58-04:00September 22nd, 2020|Tips and guides|

Since the creation of tube tires by Dunlop at the end of the 19th century, the famous puncture-proof tire has remained a dream. Skeptics may say it's because the tire industry benefits from having tires with a limited life span, but the reality is quite different. Many tire manufacturers have developed prototypes of so-called puncture-proof tires, using the most advanced technology of their time. But why hasn't such an invention made its way onto the international market? Well, because a [...]

What do Yokohama, Falken, Toyo and Bridgestone tires have in common?

By |2020-09-18T15:21:12-04:00September 18th, 2020|Tips and guides|

Here’s a little riddle: what do Yokohama, Falken, Toyo and Bridgestone tires have in common? Have you found it? All these brands are of Japanese origin. Yes, even Bridgestone! You may be surprised to learn that much of the tire market in Canada is dominated by manufacturers from the land of the rising sun. Internationally, the same is true. But why has this country done so well in the tire market? At various times over the last century, Japan has [...]

Differences between an all-weather tire and a winter tire

By |2020-09-15T20:46:21-04:00September 11th, 2020|Tips and guides|

Shopping for winter tires can be a challenge given the wide selection of makes and models on the market, but in addition to winter tires, you will also find in-store or online all-season tires (not designed for Quebec winters) as well as all-weather tires, which can be used in winter under certain conditions. But how do you know which tires meet your needs? Blackcircles Canada tells you a little more about these different tire models! When to put your [...]

Should you fit your winter tires on steel or alloy wheels?

By |2020-09-08T15:51:12-04:00September 4th, 2020|Tips and guides|

For a long time, many motorists used the same set of wheels to fit and support their summer tires during the summer months, and to have their winter tires mounted on when the cold season was coming. But with the proliferation of alloy wheels, initially on sports cars to save weight, and then on more and more models over time, many owners began to want to have an alloy wheel set specifically dedicated to their winter fitment. And in [...]

Nexen vs. Dunlop: Which manufacturer offers the best tires for you?

By |2020-09-08T15:27:13-04:00September 3rd, 2020|Tips and guides|

Dunlop, founded by one of the area's pioneers, John Boyd Dunlop, in 1888, no longer needs introduction. It is nothing less than one of the oldest tire brands in the world! In comparison, Nexen is much younger. Founded in 1942, this South Korean manufacturer produces some of the most recognized tires for their quality, just like Dunlop. Blackcircles Canada, your online tire specialist, gives you all the details you need to know about these two tire giants, then compares [...]

How to choose the best winter tires for your vehicle?

By |2020-09-08T15:57:58-04:00September 1st, 2020|Tips and guides|

Over time, occupant safety has become one of the most important variables for motorists, and it is highly dependent on the performance provided by tires. However, with the same tires, this same performance will vary greatly according to certain external criteria, starting with the weather. For example, an all-season tire will be much less effective in extreme winter conditions than a tire specifically designed for this type of harsh climate. Aware of this, governments in countries with harsh winters, [...]

Guide 101: All About Tire Recycling

By |2020-08-31T17:27:56-04:00August 25th, 2020|Tips and guides|

Recycling is not a new concept: glass, plastic, cardboard, etc., all are recycled. But what about used tires? Where can they be disposed of? What are they recycled into? Blackcircles Canada tells you more about tire recycling! Why is it important to recycle tires? Obviously, the primary reason for recycling tires is environmental. In fact, by recycling tires, we not only prevent them from ending up in the landfill, but we can also give them a second [...]

Tires and environment: and if they were recycled?

By |2020-08-18T12:07:15-04:00August 18th, 2020|Tips and guides|

When we talk about the end of a tire's life, all too often we imagine an environmentally damaging process and dumps filled with tires. However, we could not be further from today's reality. If at one time the use of used tires as fuel was indeed favoured, marking our collective psyche with its black smoke, today things are different. It's time to talk about recycled tires! With a bit of recycling, they can be transformed into building material, industrial additives [...]

Here’s our complete guide to tire load and speed ratings

By |2020-08-31T17:29:03-04:00July 30th, 2020|Tips and guides|

Like any product sold to the public, tires are subject to very strict standards to ensure the safety of a vehicle's occupants, but also, by extension, that of other road users. These standards fall into two categories: load index and speed rating. These behave like the certifications that all tires must have in Canada. They guarantee that the tires behave optimally with respect to the car they are mounted on when used within the limits indicated by the aforementioned [...]