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When to change tires(4 posts)

When to change tiresfiltersweep
Sep 20, 2002 4:50 PM
The tire gods have smiled upon me (as I knock on wood)- I've ridden about 2000 miles on a set of Michelin Pro Race tires - never had a flat. The tread is starting to show some cuts. My question is, do I wait until I have problems, or do a preventative tire change? Aside from that, the tread does not seem overly worn.

I'm just curious what motivates most people to throw on new tires.
re: When to change tiresChainstay
Sep 20, 2002 6:41 PM
I changed an almost bare treaded Conti 3000 once and then cut it to see how much rubber was left. There was about 1/8 inch, so now I ride them till they are worn down almost to the base. The exception is that when I was racing criteriums I wanted newer tires for traction and the same goes for any riding with twisting descents.
re: When to change tireseddie m
Sep 21, 2002 5:23 AM
I move the front tire to the rear and put a new tire on the front whenever I replace the rear tire. I use rear tires until the tread wears down to the cord. I don't worry too much about small cuts in the tread, but if there is a bulge in the area of the cut I replace the tire. Sometimes if I get a cut down to the cord, but the tire goes flat before a bulge developes, I will boot the tire with duct tape and use it on the rear.
Very personal decisionKerry
Sep 21, 2002 5:06 PM
I run them until the casing just starts to show through, move the front to the back, and mount new on the front. Many people "don't want to take the risk" of riding on "worn" tires - you pays yer money and you takes yer chances. I've never seen a correlation between wear and flat frequency, but then I don't get many flats (Michigan has a 10 cent bottle deposit so we don't have the glass problems that many do). I wouldn't want to enter a race with a tire on its last legs, but a squared off rear tire isn't going to affect handling much. Cuts are only an issue if the go into the casing.