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How long will tires last in storage?(4 posts)

How long will tires last in storage?Nessism
Jul 7, 2002 6:32 PM
Couldn't pass up a deal on some Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige tires from a seller on rec.bicycle.marketplace. Since I don't need these right away, what's the best way to store them? Sealed in a plastic bag, open to air in cool place, ??? Also, how long can I expect them to last in storage? Thanks in advance.


BTW: the seller wants $40 shipped for three tires + tubes. Blue color.
re: How long will tires last in storage?Akirasho
Jul 8, 2002 4:18 AM
... in a cool, relatively dry place (but not arid)... out of direct sunlight. I'd skip the plastic bags (depending on ambient humidity).

It's hard to say just how long they'll last (conditions and compounds in specific tires), but keeping them away from ozone sources should help also (electric motors in home appliances are a big producer of said). I've got rubber in the 3 year range that "looks" good (stored in dehumidified basement).

I'm like you, and buy when I find a deal... so I've gots lots o rubber... waiting...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
re: How long will tires last in storage?speedisgood
Jul 8, 2002 9:18 AM
I wouldn't think plastic bags (vacuum sealed even better) would hurt and they might help. I figure oxidation is the main enemy and the less oxygen around the tire, the better.

I've had tires in storage that looked ok but once you air 'em up, little fissures show up. Just be careful. Or ride a lot more.
Yea, I keep telling my wife...Nessism
Jul 8, 2002 11:05 AM
...that I need to ride more or my tires will crack. She isn't buying it and/or doesn't care.

Actually, I'm getting in a fair number of miles this year (or should I say this "summer" -only loonies ride around here in the winter - Cleveland). Sharing saddle time between bikes is nice in all regards except for the tire rot. Oh well, I'll live with it.