General Cycling Discussion - How often do you replace your tires?
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Just curious how often some of you have found it necessary to replace tires. I had had no flats for about 6 months, then suddenly the last 2 weeks I have been getting several flats from small punctures in the tube. Sometimes I can't find what has made the puncture, and sometimes I find a sharp fiber inside the tire. These fibers seem to be coming from the inside of the tire itself rather than a foreign object. The tires are nothing special, a nylon hybrid type tire, Cheng Shin brand, that came with the bike. I figure I have put about 3,000 miles on them, and the tread still looks fine. Time to get new tires?
10-02-08, 01:39 PM
How much do you weigh? I am 200 pounds. I can get over 2,000 miles on the rear but nothing close to 3,000. I usually replace the rear and sometimes move the front to the rear if the front looks worn and then replace the front. The front usually last through 2 rears and then I move it to the back. Never, ever rotate the back to the front! Just my two cents. I know there are people that do it but I want to keep a good tire on the front.
To answer your question I have only been using Continentals with wear indicators so I replace them when they are mostly worn down but do not wait until the wear indicators have completely disappeared. I don't consider the extra couple of hundred miles worth it. Increasing flats at the end of the tire life is something that I have not experienced and don't want to hence the strategy.
I have new Vittorias and figured I would ask my LBS to look at them and tell me if they need replacing.
I get about 2000 miles out of a rear tire. I'm fixing to replace mine today. 2200 miles.
10-02-08, 04:10 PM
I weigh 210 and got 4500 miles on my rear tire so far... Still has a ways to go... Front one has the same milage and still look like new... I am running Specialized Nimbus tires... Pricy but great tires IMHO
10-02-08, 06:22 PM
My wife got about 6,000 from a Conti tire. Just replaced with Conti 4000's, hoping for atleast the same.
I'm 240 so I take her tires and use them as trainging tires. I find whatever carp is in the closet. Who cares if I have 3 patches on my tubes, I'm getting what I can from them!:D..A new set, I may get 2000 before they tabletop!:(
10-02-08, 07:03 PM
Auto tires are unsafe after several years, if you use them or not. The oxygen in the air and the sum compromises the material in the tire. I would guess that similar damage would be done to a bicycle tire. Granted the bicycle tire is under far less stress than a automobile tire. Has anyone heard about the life of bicycle tires as it pertains to time?
I weigh 210 lbs and can usually get at least 4000 out of a set of Bontrager Hardcase tires unless I cut a sidewall. On my road bike that's about a year's worth of riding. On my commuting/touring bike I have a set of Schawble Marathon XRs that have about 8000 miles which are about 2 years old. The rear tire is getting really worn but the front has plenty of life left.
How much do you weigh? I am 200 pounds. I can get over 2,000 miles on the rear but nothing close to 3,000. I usually replace the rear and sometimes move the front to the rear if the front looks worn and then replace the front. The front usually last through 2 rears and then I move it to the back. Never, ever rotate the back to the front!
Thanks everyone for the good info. I started commuting in March at 220 lbs, now I'm down to 195. It is the rear that has been flatting on me, so it looks like time for it to go.
10-02-08, 08:35 PM
hmm... seems like don't have a problem with tires.
i guess it really comes down to how hard you break, and how you mistreat the tires.
i've got my tires for a long time, and they are still in good conditions.
but i'll be changing them soon to snow tires.
and back to the regular tires on spring time.
10-02-08, 08:53 PM
Tires as they get worn do thin down and are a little more prone to flats.
I change mine under the following conditions:
1) After 3 consecutive flats.
2) When I see the threads.
3) Before a 600K brevet, if I've been riding on them a while.
4) Before a 1200K randonnee, even if I have only been riding on them a short time.
5) Before a long tour.
I have a bike that I ride alot, and have had for many years, only ever had one flat, vintage cruiser though, maybe it has something to do with the rubber, as we all know, today's materials suck compaired to back in the day lol, I have a high end rocky mountain and everytime I ride it the stupid rear wheel gets a flat, so I gave up on that bike, spend alot on the thing and nothing but troubles, find a antique in the garbage, no troubles for years.
10-03-08, 08:42 AM
If I can get more than 2000 miles out of a set of tires I'm happy. If I can get 2500 miles I'm ecstatic. Worst set of tires I ever had lasted for somewhere between 1500-1800 miles, & only just barely.
10-03-08, 09:00 AM
Depends on the tire, rider, manner and places ridden.
Full on race tire? 1,ooo miles or so.
Super durable city tire? 3,ooo miles or more. Perhaps 5,ooo.
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