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Why are tires filled with air and not just solid rubber?

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Original solid rubber tires in the 19th century gave a hard, bumpy ride. The invention of the pneumatic tire meant that the harshness of the old-style cobbled road could be evened out to give a pleasant 'floating' journey. It was this very quality of pneumatic tires that boosted the adoption of 'horseless carriages' and saw the rise of motor cars as our preferred mode of transport....

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Lollipopslove

I never really thought of that before....Hmmm......

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Your tire would be really bouncy, if you hit a bump you would bounce all over the place xD

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Nope - it is the pneumatic tires that are 'bouncy.' Solid rubber tires hit a bump and transmitted the shock directly to the passengers! Shock-absorbers were fifty years into the future at that stage, so the air-filled tire was a blessing and joy that was adopted with GREAT enthusiasm!!!
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It would waste rubber and you would also get much less traction especially at high speeds and in bad weather conditions.

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Do you wanna hit a curb and go bouncing everywhere? AIr makes it so yo udon't bounce as much.

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TheBestEver2013

Great question! I will get back to you....

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FunnyLittleFrog

It makes for a more comfortable ride. Solid tires were tried before, apparently, and also solid tires were used on stagecoaches and such in the old days....very uncomfortable for the passengers.

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It's lighter if it's filled with air.

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I don't know<3

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The tire absorbs a lot of the bumps and pot holes as well as the suspension, if they were solid rubber it would be a rough ride!
They also help with traction and hold the road in curves, where a solid tire would be more apt to slide in higher speeds and spin more do to lack of traction

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So the tire absorbs most of the bumps and potholes in the road helping the shocks. If the tire was made from solid rubber you would have worse handling and traction because tires with softer compounds tend to handle better on most surfaces

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Better gas milage plus all this other crap people are saying.

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Solid rubber tires would give a bone jarring bumpy ride eventually blessing you with premature spondylitis. It would even wear out the suspension much more sooner than with air filled pneumatic tires. These are so much more comfortable and grip the road better too. My source - http://www.automotix.net/info.html

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Filling the tires with a gas opposed to solid rubber allows the tire to flatten out and form to the road better giving more grip and better overall control.

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