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Rotating Tires?(6 posts)

Rotating Tires?BrianNYC
Sep 27, 2002 8:59 AM
Sorry if this is a naive question from a new rider/rbr poster but....Is it a good idea to have two (or more but I will be riding recreationally) wheel sets so that you can rotate them so that you're not using the same tires every time you ride? Will they last longer, any other potential benefits
They will last twice as longSteve_0
Sep 27, 2002 9:03 AM
but thats only because you rode them half as much.

I have a couple wheelsets with different size tires; allows me to use one bicycle for difft types of riding
(6 wheels is cheaper than 3 bikes).
No. NMSpunout
Sep 27, 2002 9:06 AM
re: Rotating Tires?Sintesi
Sep 27, 2002 9:54 AM
The rear wheel always wears much faster than the front. Some people switch the two tires before the rear wheel wears flat to get more tire life.

What I do is replace the tires as they wear out. Usually by the time I replace the front I've already changed the rear twice.

Another thing you can do is put a beefier, harder wearing tire on the rear and a softer, grippier one on the front so they wear more evenly. This won't affect your ride since you are only riding recreationally and not racing.
Put the new tire up front and put the front tire on the back. nmdzrider
Sep 27, 2002 10:17 AM
Always have spares.U of A racer
Sep 27, 2002 11:29 AM
The best reason to have a spare wheel set is the obvious. Whether you're a pro or a commuter, the same pothole or wayward vehicle can bend a wheel. Having a spare at home means you can swap out and ride the same day.
Wednesday, I had a spoke pull through my rear rim. I had a spare wheel, so I was able to ride the next day. Since I had already invested in the spare wheel, I didn't have to worry about immediately spending money for a new wheel.
Well, actually I did. The very next day, I wiped out on a twisty decent at 30+ mph and tacoed the spare wheel. In the past four years I've ridden tens of thousands of miles without breaking a rear wheel. Now I wind up breaking two in a matter of 20 miles (less than 24 hours).
If that isn't ironic enough, earlier in the week, I had ordered and received a spare Rolls Ti saddle, just in case. The accident bent the Ti rails on the original saddle, so the spare came in handy. The accident bent the ti rails but left the Easton composite seatpost in perfect condition.
This is off topic, but it's a good idea to keep extra parts, like handlebar tape, cables, computer batteries, bike lock, gloves, etc. These are fairly cheap things that you can swap out at home. I even have a spare helmet. It's my way of blowing college loan money on fun things while still feeling practical.