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Originally Posted by rumrunn6
you might try posting this in the road cycling forum - but to me that tire looks totally slick and I can't imagine it would matter what direction it should roll
Yeah, what he said. Tread barely matters on road tires, if it matters at all--if it were important, we wouldn't still be having debates about slick vs. tread and all that other stuff. The contact patch (part that touches the ground) is so small relative to the weight of bike and rider that the rubber just cuts through whatever's on the pavement. you can make up scenarios where a little tread might help or where a slick would increase the contact area, but in real riding it's rare.
Having said that, it's traditional (for no practical reason) to mount tires so the label can be read from the right side of the bike, the drive side. Same with hubs and rims: Everything goes so it can be read from the right side or from the saddle, whichever applies. but there's no reason it has to be that way.