The History of Tires and Repair
If you have seen the cartoon The Flintstones, you would know that tires were invented by Fred Flintstone in the caveman era. Believe it or not, after some highly scientific research here at GlueTread, we found out that that is actually factually inaccurate (Only the most detailed of research for our customers).
Tires evolved from wooden wheels for wagons, when workers called wheelwrights would band leather and metal around the sides of a wheel in order to give it more stability and durability during a trip. Later, in 1847, Robert William Thompson developed what is believed to be the first patent for a tire-like device. It wouldn’t be for 41 years later though, in 1888, when the first tire would go into production in Ireland. John Boyd Dunlop, who owned a successful veterinary clinic, took the measures in an effort to combat the headaches of his young son Johnnie, who had trouble riding his tricycle on the rough streets near their house. Dunlop would go on to create the Dunlop Tire Company with fellow tire enthusiast Scot Robert William Thomson of London, who he had battled with for the patent of the tire before teaming up. It didn’t take long for the tire industry to take off afterwards with the implementation of new manufacturing techniques, like the rubber vulcanization process, founded by Charles Goodyear, the namesake of Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.
Nowadays, the tire industry has expanded to cover everything: from Radio-Controlled toy cars to Combines in the fields we harvest to off-road vehicles like tractors and ATVs. And of course, these vehicles’ tires often need repairing! Check out our How-To page for more information on the most efficient way to repair a tire or sidewall on your off-road vehicle!