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Tires seem to wear slower on dirt tracks

Old 12-08-20, 02:31 PM
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Tires seem to wear slower on dirt tracks

I have not done a scientific study, but it seems to me that tires wear faster on hard surfaces, such as bitumen and concrete, and wear slower on dirt tracks. I suspect, the dirt particles being able to move, results in less rubber being worn off the tires.

What are the thoughts of others?
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Old 12-08-20, 02:51 PM
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Yup, less friction. On roads your tyre is softer than the road surface so is what'll wear off.
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Old 12-08-20, 03:35 PM
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If you could ride fast enough to ride across water they would wear even less. And if you could fly on your bike like ET or Mary Poppins you'd never ever have to replace tires.
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Old 12-08-20, 03:46 PM
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In an amazing coincidence, and perhaps related to the topic at hand, I have noticed my bike stays cleaner on paved surfaced vs. on dirt.
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All that slippage on gravel and dirt is your tires not gripping and not wearing. You can ride on deep marbles or ball bearings and get even less wear. Ice is pretty good also.
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Old 12-08-20, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
In an amazing coincidence, and perhaps related to the topic at hand, I have noticed my bike stays cleaner on paved surfaced vs. on dirt.
That's wild.

My bike stays super clean if I don't ride it.
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Old 12-08-20, 04:29 PM
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Just a general comment on this topic....

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Old 12-08-20, 05:01 PM
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Erie Canal towpath wore about half the tread depth off my nearly new rear tire in 440 miles of loaded touring. The front tire lost about a third as much.
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Old 12-08-20, 05:23 PM
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Originally Posted by billyymc View Post
And if you could fly on your bike like ET or Mary Poppins you'd never ever have to replace tires.
Just make sure you don't fly too high or you may you may have issues with tire pressure
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Old 12-08-20, 05:27 PM
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The worst was about 20 years ago in radio controlled car racing, someone invented “mini pin“ tires for really hard adobe tracks. These would last eight or 10 minutes, or about two heats, which made them good for 2/3 of a race day.
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Old 12-08-20, 10:26 PM
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Yup. This something that happens to all of us. Mud=lower tire pressure.
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