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Rotate tires?(15 posts)

Rotate tires?dcdre
Sep 8, 2003 6:21 AM
Sorry if this seems like a bike mechanic 101 question, but since I'm just getting into road biking, I'll ask the question. Should bike tires be rotated front to back? I have about ~700 miles on my tires (conti grand prix) and am noticing the rear is wearing faster than the front. Rotating front to back will extend the life of the tire, I know that well enough on my car. But will the handling be adversely affected because the rear tire is getting a bit of a square profile (and would be placed on the front)?

Thanks in advance!
re: Rotate tires?ClydeTri
Sep 8, 2003 6:35 AM
my personal opinion is dont do it...the rear tire gets squared off and can pose a big problem in cornering when placed on the front. So, just plan on buying a new tire for the rear when it wears out. You will probably go through two rear tires to one front tire. A buddy of mine who was a mechanic, car, used to advocate that for cars also, dont bother rotating your tires, save the expense of having them rotated and just buy replacement tires when your front or rear needs them.
re: Rotate tires?daCaT_
Sep 8, 2003 7:01 AM
I rotate my mountain bike tires and get very long service out of them compared to my wife who uses front and rear specific tires and cant be rotated. I just got my road bike a month ago and at 600 miles I was contemplating rotating them today. I am using Continental 3000 tires and everyone has told me i will get about 800 - 1000 miles out of them due to my weight. 6'3" 180#. At this time I do not have the squared off edge mentioned above so I think im going to rotate.
re: Rotate tires?axebiker
Sep 8, 2003 7:08 AM
I think he means the center section flattens - it wears "flat", so the edges look a little squared off. I get the same problems. Personally, I'd probably just ride it until it's shot and get a new rear tire. I just wouldn't want to take the chance, considering road tires in good shape can be skittish anyway. Putting a worn tire on front just seems to be asking for trouble to me.

I do rotate my car tires, however. :)
re: Rotate tires?GFocker
Sep 8, 2003 7:08 AM
I wouldn't bother rotating them. However, when you buy a new tire to replace the rear, put it on the front and move the used front one to the back. It is always best to have your best and newest rubber up front for handling purposes.
Gay Focker has best advicebigrider
Sep 8, 2003 7:15 AM
Always keep your best rubber on the front. You can recover from a back tire sliding, but you are going down if your front tire slides out on you.

Most people just throw a new tire on the rear because it eliminates the time to move the front tire from the front to the back.
wow,,,,, thanks......african
Sep 8, 2003 9:30 AM
I just swapped the rear and front, the rear was worn more. I will get a better/new one on the front. I actualy got in a rear wheel slide round a corner the other day and recovered it. It was close and I have been a littel nervous of corners for a while since that.

Gay Focker has best adviceGFocker
Sep 8, 2003 10:38 AM
Finally, somebody acknowledges my reference!
ill take your advicedaCaT_
Sep 8, 2003 7:24 AM
I didnt realize the importance of the front tire so I guess Ill just leave it. Im getting into the mountian roads around here (Boulder) so I certainly do not want to take a spill.

Can anyone tell me what I should be looking for on the tire to let me know its time to replace? (again im using Continental 3000)
Look for a different brand on the tireFred Fredricks
Sep 8, 2003 8:07 AM
The GP3000 is a fine tire but they are notorious about wearing flat on the rear in less than a 1000 miles. I'm too cheap to be buying a new rear tire every month.

Use the GP3000's for racing or "special events" if you like the 3000s.

My current preference on my good wheels is Vredestein TriComps (a little bit better wear than the GP3000s). I use the cheaper Continental Sport or GP 1000's on my training wheels, they last forever.
My 2cChazWicked
Sep 8, 2003 8:52 AM
Unless you're racing, get a pair of Continental "contact" tires. They corner like a demon and do fairly well on the dirt roads. So if you're doing, say, Sunshine > Gold Hill > down Boulder Canyon or the reverse, you'll want something more than a 23c skinny lest your tire explode on a pointy rock.

I've cornered aggressively on Flagstaff with these tires and was able to hold a tighter line than my riding buddy who is one serious descender.

Have fun
re: Rotate tires?LactateIntolerant
Sep 8, 2003 7:12 AM
Any time you rotate tires on a bike, you're putting your worst tire on the front...not the best idea IMHO. If you do any rotating, just move the front to the rear and buy a new front.
yup, new one up front always. Buy 3 at a time. nmSpunout
Sep 8, 2003 9:24 AM
Front, to back, to garbage.(nm)peter1
Sep 8, 2003 2:16 PM
Cool, thanks all! nmdcdre
Sep 8, 2003 8:01 AM