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2,000 miles without a flat. Should I change my tires???(14 posts)

2,000 miles without a flat. Should I change my tires???PBWatson
Aug 7, 2003 8:57 AM
I'm riding a set of 700x20 Michelin axial pros, they have 2,000 miles on them & the tubes. Inspecting them (without removing them from the rim) they look just fine. But I'm wondering if at this point I am tempting fate & failure is emminent. At what point do you replace tires that otherwise seem to be blessed & doing an exceptional job.

When I bought them it was a sale on 3 tires, so I have one that hasn't been used at all. So I could just replace one tire, if I did that which would you replace. My thought was the front because its easier to control a rear blowout. But doesn't the rear wear faster, because it carries more weight?
re: 2,000 miles without a flat. Should I change my tires???Terry_Swisher_PMF
Aug 7, 2003 9:01 AM
No, tell me where the best deal is on them so I can get me some.
got them at nashbar last year 3/$45. nmPBWatson
Aug 7, 2003 9:14 AM
Rear wears fasterfiltersweep
Aug 7, 2003 9:15 AM
I rode mine about 2500 miles before I blew a sidewall out (rear)- there was nothing to puncture it, it just blew. Michelin Pro Races- quite durable, but they will start to flat as they wear.

No harm in waiting until they start to flat, but your day is nearing.
With that subject're doomedScot_Gore
Aug 7, 2003 9:20 AM
Under normal circumstances, I say your fine. If the tires look good, feel good in the corners, and don't have any hazard wear waitign to get you 50 miles from home, then ride em. However, now that you've posted "2000 miles without a flat" for the gods of cycling to see.....they're going to fail on the next ride that you get more than 10 miles home on.

Good luck

That's Right. Don't EVER use the "F" word!!MisJG
Aug 7, 2003 9:23 AM
I prefer "Inflation Issues"
since you mentioned it, you are sure to flat.dr hoo
Aug 7, 2003 9:20 AM
Of course, when you change the non-flatted tires, you are sure to flat as well. This is a well known curse in cycling.

I could tell you some stories, but then I would probably get a flat.
Tell the gods, I'm not superstitious. nmPBWatson
Aug 7, 2003 9:30 AM
Tell the gods, I'm not superstitious.Snowbird
Aug 7, 2003 10:11 AM
PB, I'm not superstitious either. We Libras are very skeptical about superstition.
since you mentioned it, you are sure to flat.Chen2
Aug 7, 2003 10:22 AM
I was making the same brag two weeks ago. That very weekend I had two flats in two days.
re: 2,000 miles without a flat. Should I change my tires???03Vortex
Aug 7, 2003 9:28 AM
I have 2000+ miles on my Michelin Pros and just flatted. So, in changing the tube I opted to rotate the tires. Yes, the rear wears faster. But I may just replace both soon anyway.
Aug 7, 2003 11:36 AM
Don't tell me you swapped a rear with 2000 miles on it to the front. Always keep a good tire in the front. You don't want to have a blowout in the front going down a hill at 30+ mph. The best way to rotate tires is to buy a new one, throw away the worn rear tire, and move the old front tire to the back.

BTW, I routinely get about 2000 miles on my rear tires with Michelin Axial Pros. After 2000 miles, the tread starts getting kind of thin in the middle and I seem to get more flats. I don't like tempting fate riding worn-out tires, so I generally replace my tires about that time.
re: 2,000 miles without a flat. Should I change my tires???NewDayNewWay
Aug 7, 2003 11:07 AM
Although have not had a front tire blow out when doing 45 down a hill, I don't plan to any time soon. Personally I'd change the tubes and the tires, but I've got a wife and kids.

If you replace just one tire I'd replace the front and put the current front tire on the rear.
Change them when you see the canvas.High Gear
Aug 8, 2003 5:28 AM
Really. You'll be riding one day and start to see light spots showing through. You could get maybe another 20-30 miles out of them after that if you want, without having to worry about flat problems. It's funny, once you see a little spot of the layer under the tread, you will see lots more in little time/miles. The AP's have been the best flat resistant tire I've ever owned. I wouldn't change the tire untill you see it go through the tred. Change only the back because you'll probably get another 750-1000 miles out of the front.