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Old 06-10-20, 05:34 AM
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Tyre direction

Just had a a mechanic round to fit two very difficult tyres. Just notice the back tyre has the arrow facing backwards rather than forward. Is it a big deal ? I heard it is just for water displacement

they are continental travel contact tyres
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/continental...ire-road-tyre/
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Old 06-10-20, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by venomx View Post
Just had a a mechanic round to fit two very difficult tyres. Just notice the back tyre has the arrow facing backwards rather than forward. Is it a big deal ? I heard it is just for water displacement

they are continental travel contact tyres
https://www.wiggle.co.uk/continental...ire-road-tyre/
I wouldn't worry too much about it.

My OCD would prevent me riding it this way however
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Old 06-10-20, 08:10 AM
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I think that your mechanic did it correctly.

Way back when, I read somewhere that was the preferred tire tread orientation to provide better traction for the rear wheel, easier rolling and better water displacement for the front wheel. I don't know how old you are, but you might not have been born yet when I read that.

Personally, I suspect I'm like Amt0571. I install my personal bike ires whichever way I think looks best. For practical purposes, other than mountain biking over big rocks, I think that it's real easy to overstate the importance of bicycle tire tread.
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
I think that your mechanic did it correctly.

Way back when, I read somewhere that was the preferred tire tread orientation to provide better traction for the rear wheel, easier rolling and better water displacement for the front wheel. I don't know how old you are, but you might not have been born yet when I read that.

Personally, I suspect I'm like Amt0571. I install my personal bike ires whichever way I think looks best. For practical purposes, other than mountain biking over big rocks, I think that it's real easy to overstate the importance of bicycle tire tread.
+1. Front also needs better traction for stopping which is reverse of the rear which needs traction for pushing forward. Having said that looking at the tread pattern of OP's tires I doubt you would notice the difference either way. Myself, being an anal type, would probably not be able to sleep at night with them mounted the wrong way.

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Old 06-10-20, 09:11 AM
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Big long run-on sentence coming up..... <grin>

If this is for a bike ridden on paved surfaces and you feel the idea of having tread patterns favor your riding environment, then why wouldn't you want the tire oriented to rotate in the direction the manufacturer thought best for traction and possibly displacement of water ponding on the road?
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Old 06-10-20, 10:31 AM
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Fortunately bike tire tread is unnecessary so the direction arrow is useless. Bike tires cannot hydroplane because of the shape of it's foot print.
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I'm riding since months with arrows backwards in order to wear the other side of the tyre.
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Water displacement is not a thing for bicycle tires. However tire directionality can be a thing for traction and braking
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Old 06-10-20, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by venomx View Post
Is it a big deal ?
It is a little deal.
Probably worth correcting the next time you're fixing a flat or doing maintenance anyway.
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Old 06-10-20, 12:48 PM
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It is little deal unless it bothers you after which it becomes a bigger deal
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