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Old 07-31-16, 09:33 PM
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Tire Rotation

I'm not sure if this applies to cycling... But is there need to rotate my tires every certain percentage of miles put on?
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No, there is no need to rotate tires. It wouldn't hurt to do it either. The rear tire does wear flatter in the middle and faster. The general practice is to move the less worn front tire to the back when it wears thin or blows out. Do avoid front blowouts and high speed flats at all cost though. Very little worry of this with thick tires like Schwalbe Marathon Plus, that I use. For once, I did lately rotate mine at 5,500 miles. Looks like I will get 3,000 yet, all time best. You get what you pay for.

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As gord noted. No need. The reason for rotating car tires is that they are wide and can wear unevenly across their width. By rotating them they wear more uniformly so last longer. Bike tires are narrow so this is not a consideration.
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There is a lot of debate about rotating bicycle tires.

One option is to not rotate. Wear out the rear. Move the front back, and put a new tire on the front.

Another option is to put a couple thousand miles on the rear, then rotate if both are generally in good shape. Then eventually replace both tires.

As others have mentioned, if you have a bad cut, or some other damage to the tire, bad enough to notice, but not bad enough to discard the tire, the move it to the rear where the rest of the tire will wear faster, and a potential flat is safer.
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Rotating front to rear keeps the front from dry rotting. Rotating rear to front just puts worn rubber where you need it most. If you ride enough, you can just replace the tire that wears out.
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Originally Posted by Nicholas_Landy
I'm not sure if this applies to cycling... But is there need to rotate my tires every certain percentage of miles put on?
60,000 miles Never done it.
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
One option is to not rotate. Wear out the rear. Move the front back, and put a new tire on the front.
Front tends to wear slower than the back, in my experience. I've never rotated a rear tire to the front.
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My tires rotate every time I ride
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
Wear out the rear. Move the front back, and put a new tire on the front.
This is what most bike experts recommend.
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I totally get Sheldon Brown's reasoning for moving the old front tire to the rear and putting the fresh tire in front, but in practice, I tend to leave a working tire alone and just replace the one that needs it.
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My tires rotate every time I ride




(Yes, I put new tires on the front, move the old front to the back. Otherwise the front would be on there for years, getting cuts and cracks.)
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Originally Posted by CliffordK
There is a lot of debate about rotating bicycle tires.

One option is to not rotate. Wear out the rear. Move the front back, and put a new tire on the front.

Another option is to put a couple thousand miles on the rear, then rotate if both are generally in good shape. Then eventually replace both tires.

As others have mentioned, if you have a bad cut, or some other damage to the tire, bad enough to notice, but not bad enough to discard the tire, the move it to the rear where the rest of the tire will wear faster, and a potential flat is safer.
Or just plane don't rotate or move tires. A front is a front a rear is a rear. A rear wears out, replace it. A front wears out, replace it.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti
Or just plane don't rotate or move tires. A front is a front a rear is a rear. A rear wears out, replace it. A front wears out, replace it.
Works for me.
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Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Works for me.
Yea, I suppose If you aren't a mega-miles/year rider rotating makes more sense as a front might just plain dry-rot out before you get your due miles out of it.
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti
Or just plane don't rotate or move tires. A front is a front a rear is a rear. A rear wears out, replace it. A front wears out, replace it.
This is what I do.

39 years of riding and never rotated a tire except maybe in an emergency, put a severely cut tire in the back just to get home.
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keep in mind rotating only works if you use the same tire in the same size on both wheels . . .

my utility/trailer/commuter bike has a 25 up front and a 32 in the rear to accommodate the weight of loaded panniers at a reasonable psi (different tires and brands). my "race" bike runs a 25 up front and a 28 in the rear (same tire/brand just different sizes) to allow me to run more reasonable pressures while simultaneously increasing comfort and grip (i'm around 190 right now and I can run front and rear at 90psi very comfortably).

don't let the tire snobs get to you, your tires don't have to match, and there are good reasons to use different tires for different situations, but doing so means you can't just "rotate" them from front to back.
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Because a front tire failure will result in a Crash and Injury, if you only buy one tire, new, put it on the front ,

and put the current front on the rear.
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I am one of the weird ones that like my tires to match, even though there is no good reason to be this way.

When my rear tire wears out, I replace it with one to match the front. If for some reason I can't find a matching tire, I might just buy a pair of a new tires I want to try. I do save the old front tire when I do this for use on the trainer.
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I've tried, I really have tried to regularly rotate tires on my commuter 'bent but it just don't work!

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I certainly want a good tire up front, so when a tire (usually the rear as everyone has stated) needs replacing, I replace them both. The "good" tire I remove becomes a spare or trainer tire.
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Originally Posted by Cychologist
I certainly want a good tire up front, so when a tire (usually the rear as everyone has stated) needs replacing, I replace them both. The "good" tire I remove becomes a spare or trainer tire.
Since a front can last 3-4X+ as long as a rear...you must have a stockpile of 25% used tires....
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti
Or just plane don't rotate or move tires. A front is a front a rear is a rear. A rear wears out, replace it. A front wears out, replace it.
Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Works for me.
Plain works even better...
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Originally Posted by Marcus_Ti
Since a front can last 3-4X+ as long as a rear...you must have a stockpile of 25% used tires....
My fronts don't last but about 40% longer than my rears, and the trainer eats them up. I don't recycle too many tires.
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Always put the new tire on the front. Rotate the used tire to the rear.

That's how to rotate tires on a bicycle. The % of a blowout is shifted to the rear which is safer.
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