Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Topanga, but I'm not a hippy
Bikes: IF Club Racer, Bike Friday Pocket Rocket
Originally Posted by zpl
I've put more than 700 miles on my bike so far, a stock Specialized Allez with 700x23 slick tires. I weigh 235 lbs and am pretty religious about keeping my tire pressure 115 - 125 psi. However, I've noticed that my back tire (and to much less of an extent my front tire) is flattening out in the center of the tread.
Well, I'm your weight, and have used multiple brands of tires in the 23/25 range, they've all done that to me sooner rather than later. I used to run 28's and they eventually did the same, but took longer to do so.
I either rotate the tires around 500 miles which will get me around 1000 miles for the tires, or just by three tires when I buy a new set and replace the rear tire around 600-700 miles. That'll get me 1200-1400 for the set of tires.
Conti gatorskins do this less than other tires, but the sets I've had wear out in the sidewall instead.
I just consider it another price I pay to cycle, and I load up on tires when they go on sale. I've got 4 conti gp 4000's and 3 pairs of conti attack & force tires sitting in my garage, they're all $50+ tires that I found on sale at various times always for less than $30.