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Old 03-01-13, 05:39 PM
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I put my wife's tire on backwards...

...Should I tell her?
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Old 03-01-13, 05:43 PM
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Old 03-01-13, 05:49 PM
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I'd tread lightly about it.
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Old 03-01-13, 05:49 PM
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No, and everything should be fine.

I have a SSFG with a flip/flop hub and I haven't had any problems running the directional rear tire either way. Of course, I don't have the power in my legs or go fast enough to damage anything.

I believe Michelin when they say tread on a bike tire is just to make the customer comfortable (not taking dirt and knobs into consideration) and I suspect the same of directional arrows.
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Old 03-01-13, 05:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jbone78 View Post
...Should I tell her?
Probably not.
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Old 03-01-13, 05:57 PM
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You could just "fix" it when she isn't looking. If it's a road tire, it won't matter either way as any tread is useless on pavement.
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Old 03-01-13, 06:25 PM
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When she pedals forward the bike actually moves backwards??
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Old 03-01-13, 06:49 PM
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Originally Posted by ultraman6970 View Post
When she pedals forward the bike actually moves backwards??
This is by far the best reply!!
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Old 03-01-13, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by Jbone78 View Post
...Should I tell her?
If she mentions it, compliment her on her sense of style and observation skills after dutifully remounting the tire.

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Old 03-01-13, 10:06 PM
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If the Wife asks, use the rocket scientist answer:

Newton's Third Law of Motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...bike moves forward, the tire's threads roll backward.
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Old 03-01-13, 11:47 PM
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I put my wife's tire on upside down and she never noticed.
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Old 03-02-13, 07:03 AM
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Now that you've told us all that you did it, I'm going to say that you should replace it immediately.

Otherwise, if she were to crash and die, you'll be accused of planning her demise by sabotaging her bike.
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Old 03-02-13, 08:14 AM
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Now that you've told us all that you did it, I'm going to say that you should replace it immediately.

Otherwise, if she were to crash and die, you'll be accused of planning her demise by sabotaging her bike.
I don't mind the response, but could you at least warn us to put down our coffee first?

It get's expensive have the laptop fixed over and over again.
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Old 03-02-13, 10:33 AM
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Originally Posted by furballi View Post
If the Wife asks, use the rocket scientist answer:

Newton's Third Law of Motion: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction...bike moves forward, the tire's threads roll backward.
But there's TWO tires! If they're mounted in opposite directions - she could end up going nowhere -fast!

I suspect its actually a plot by the OP because - the wife is actually a faster cyclist than he is!
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Old 03-04-13, 06:04 AM
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Why is this question even being asked? Much less answered?
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Old 03-04-13, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by bktourer1 View Post
Why is this question even being asked? Much less answered?
Beceause there actually IS a difference in rolling resistance, which offroad can be a plus and on road can be a negative - and in this thread at least has some amusement value for some people?
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Old 03-04-13, 08:25 AM
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You tell her and you will never hear the end of it..
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Old 03-04-13, 02:06 PM
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Completely ok. In fact, that is a common mounting position called the "reverse cowgirl", and is often done to improve traction, especially in conjunction with a rigid fork.
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I took some old knobby tires off my wifes bike and they had direction arrows pointing different for front or rear installation. Just claim that the arrow on her tire is supposed to either point to the center of the bike or away from it (whichever applies). Then state that department store bikes have arrows pointing both directions but upper level tires assume the installer knows what they are doing.
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Completely ok. In fact, that is a common mounting position called the "reverse cowgirl", and is often done to improve traction, especially in conjunction with a rigid fork.
My mind started wandering.
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Old 03-04-13, 06:51 PM
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My mind started wandering.
As in some sort of kinky BBQ buffet line?
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Old 03-04-13, 07:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Jbone78 View Post
...Should I tell her?
It depends on whether it was the front or back? I don't believe you've said, have you?
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Here it is... It will either make a difference to her quality of ride or it won't. if the tire is directional and the directionality is meaningful, change it. Otherwise it makes no difference. Either way tell her. If you can't tell her this...get a divorce.
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Old 03-05-13, 06:25 AM
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Ok, so I would secretly remove, reverse, replace, or perform a "bead adjustment," yeah, that's it, a bead adjustment, cuz I read on BF that the beads are important ...

Honey, I just made your bike a lot safer!
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Old 03-05-13, 06:44 AM
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The tire wasn't on backward. It's the bike that backward. You are in big trouble now.
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