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Old 04-23-10, 09:44 PM   #1
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Tire questions

I just picked up a folding Gator skin today, I noticed that the side wall has an arrow pointing the rotating direction. I run flip flop and I actually use the freewheel side when I'm feeling really lazy, should I put it on the rear wheel? The tread pattern would be backwards if I flip it to the freewheel side; or should I just use it as a front tire?
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Always put new tire up front and rotate the old front to the rear.
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Yes, but I'm actually going to use a set of new tires though.

I guess a better question is that; is it a good idea to go flip it around if I am running a Gator skin on the back?
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I'd probably flip the tire when I flip the wheel.
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I'd probably flip the tire when I flip the wheel.
Thank you very much.
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Does it rally matter since Gatorskins don't really have a tread anyway
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Does it rally matter since Gatorskins don't really have a tread anyway
The tires have a thread on the inside for rigidity. The tires will unwindle. Like car tires. Thats why they are there. Most tires have a cord that is universal but some tires like it hard
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The tires have a thread on the inside for rigidity. The tires will unwindle. Like car tires. Thats why they are there. Most tires have a cord that is universal but some tires like it hard
Unwindle?
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I hear that for treaded tires, you reverse the rear to make it bite into loose surfaces better.
I don't think it really matters which way the arrow is pointing for a rear tire.
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