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When replace Michelin Pro Race tires (clincher)?(6 posts)

When replace Michelin Pro Race tires (clincher)?Derrick VL
Aug 20, 2003 2:30 PM
After how many miles (kms) do you replace your tires (clincher)?

I have the Michelin Pro Race and would like to know when it's time for replacing them.
re: When replace Michelin Pro Race tires (clincher)?deHonc
Aug 20, 2003 4:02 PM
It varies depending on your weight, the road surfaces, your riding style etc. I generally get around 4500 km out of my Pro Race tires - I'm 80 kg, ride "carefully" and use them in Crits as well as general training/riding.

Your rear tire will go first - once it begins to have lots of cuts or the sidewalls begin to go "fluffy" - I recommend taking the front off - put in on the back - buy a new one for the front. Front tires wear lots slower and you shouldn't put a old rear on the front in my opinion.

Oh, you'll knowfiltersweep
Aug 21, 2003 5:25 AM
Mine start to flat when they need to be replaced- and I'm talking nasty flats, like sidewalls.

The other thing is if you start to wash out when cornering, it may be time for new tires.

I wouldn't use the same tires for racing as training, but that is just my opinion. Frankly, while I use the Pro Races for everyday tires, I find they ride like garden hoses compared to Veloflex- but I wouldn't want Veloflex as an everyday tire.
A mix of personal preference and physical factorsKerry Irons
Aug 20, 2003 4:30 PM
My 125 lb. wife gets around double the mileage I do at 180 lbs. Rear tire wear is all about power laid down on the road, and bigger people have to put out more power than little ones. Then there is the combination of road surface, how smoothly you pedal, and age. Low mileage riders will get fewer miles out of a tire because they're giving the oxidation process time to destroy the rubber along with normal tire wear. Front tires only wear out through age, impact/cut damage, and heavy braking. Some people want to replace their tires when they see them "square off" while others go until they start to see casing threads through the rubber. Some claim that worn tires have a lot more flats, though this has not benn my experience. So, you can replace your tires any time you want up to and until you damage the casing or the tread wears through.
When rear begins to square off,Spunout
Aug 20, 2003 5:52 PM
it is gone. Fast descents and criterium corners really make me want to have good tires on the race wheels.

Use your old ones for the trainer, or training wheels.
Here is what I do(but I am a freak).the bull
Aug 20, 2003 6:08 PM
I rotate my tires!
Feel with my finger not with eye when it is flat I switch them.I might rotate tires 2 times if nothing goes on sale.
I do it about every 2,000 miles but I get good milage out of them and they wear even.When the get to the point you can see they are square then they go on the training wheels where they get used until:
1.I start geting lots of pinch flats
2.A whole differnt color starts to show up under the first layer of rubber.
3.They get a slice(sometimes this happes with a new tire)there going to the garbage.