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How Long Will New Tires Keep - Folded in Package??(5 posts)

How Long Will New Tires Keep - Folded in Package??BaadDawg
Apr 22, 2003 6:03 PM
I just got a new bike that came with Michelin Pro Race Tires and Since I was ordering shoes and pedals from Nashbar and sent to the US where a friend was visiting and brought them back to me in Canada, I added a pair of the same tires to the order to keep for the time when I will need to change tires.

How long will folded new tires keep without degrading or drying out?

Do I keep them folded in the original package or do I unfold them and store them somewhere else?
re: How Long Will New Tires Keep - Folded in Package??JAM66
Apr 22, 2003 7:20 PM
I had the same question,Just got a deal on some Michelin tires and probably wont use them for awhile. I was going to "vacuum pack" them with my Foodsaver. Any other ideas?
re: How Long Will New Tires Keep - Folded in Package??Akirasho
Apr 22, 2003 11:29 PM
... I don't think there are any definitive answers... more in the place and way you store them.

We've always been told to avoid exposing tires to direct UV, extreme changes in heat and humidity and ozone (from home appliances)... and I think that's about it.

I'm sure there are practical limits, but they'd vary from person to person, region to region, conditions to conditions... and perhaps down to the quality of the batch your tires came from.

FWIW, I've got stored tubulars and clinchers in my basement that are at least 3 years old with no undue and obvious signs of deterioration (I too, can't resist a deal)... I guess the real tell of the tale will come when I use 'em.

Be the bike.
re: How Long Will New Tires Keep - Folded in Package??DINOSAUR
Apr 23, 2003 8:34 AM
Probably indefinitely if you store them in a cool dry place. If I store tires I take them out of the box and hang them in our walk in closet in our bedroom that is at the end of our house, it's always nice and cool in there. Then when it comes time to use them the folds have worked themselves out and they are easier to mount. Michelins generally are not that supple, but they are tight and hard to mount the first time around (for me anyway). But the usual way for me with tires is I buy them when needed and mount them straight out of the box....
Longer than you need to worry aboutKerry
Apr 23, 2003 4:21 PM
Unless you don't rotate your stock or you're saving them for your kids or you're going to quit riding for several years but want to have tires when you "come out the other side," tires will keep longer than will make any difference. Assuming these tires go on as you wear out the current ones AND assuming you're getting some reasonable miles in each year, they'll be worn out from riding before you'd see any aging on storage. As long as I'm assuming, this means not storing them in the hot attic, in front of a south facing window, or next to a large source of ozone (hard to find in a home).