New tire - how much time before racing it?
My back tire is pretty squared off with some shallow nicks and cuts, and I just got my first flat in about six months on it this morning. The tire is definitely on it's last legs. I've got a race this Sunday (3 days away), and I just got a P3R in the mail yesterday that I can put on the back. I'll be going on an easy recovery ride tomorrow and a decent ride with a couple sprints on Saturday. I'm afraid of flatting again during the race, however, I want to make sure the tire is "ready" to race on (a crit).
So, how long is your 'buffer period' before you race on a new tire? Is a two-day-old tire not yet ready?
Riding around the parking lot will suffice as long as you do some turns. There is not much if any mold release on bike tires.
Put the good new tire on the front.
Any amount of rolling around for a warmup is sufficient.
why can't you just slap it on and race?
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You can... IMO any amount includes rolling to the start line
Originally Posted by bdcheung
Look at all these buttons
you can just slap it on and race.
starting pistol means war
Originally Posted by EivlEvo
I think the OP has been watching too much Formula1.
Any rider knows that you have to get your swerve on before any type of race
Originally Posted by YMCA
I guess I just figured that roughing it up a bit would be better for handling. New tire might be a bit slicker than what I'm used to --> stacking it in a turn.
Guess not, thanks guys.