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Do you rotate your front and rear tires?

Old 12-11-20, 08:00 PM
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Do you rotate your front and rear tires?

Or just buy a new tire for the rear first if that has worn enough?
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Old 12-11-20, 08:01 PM
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As a front tire typically lasts as long as two rear tires, I see no point in rotating them. For me. So no. I do not.
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Old 12-11-20, 08:19 PM
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I never thought of do it.
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Old 12-11-20, 08:22 PM
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I've done it a couple times. Most recently, it was because I had waited too long and couldn't decide what new tires to buy. I knew it'd be a couple weeks before I would choose and receive the new tires. These were gravel tires with tread.

Swapping probably isn't too beneficial in most situations.
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Old 12-11-20, 08:31 PM
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It used to be generally a bad idea. Now tires are way better. The rear will develop a flat center.
I have rotated my Marathon Plus tires, since they last 10,000 miles easily now. I started my second tour with the same tires. The front one died half way, it ran over a damn staple cartridge.
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Old 12-11-20, 08:35 PM
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Once I put on a very squared tire on the front. On that ride it would try to steer itself in different directions when the road changed. That ended that experiment. It is a very bad idea. Don't do it.
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Old 12-11-20, 09:02 PM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
Or just buy a new tire for the rear first if that has worn enough?
Rear to trash, front to back, new tire on front.

With losing front tire traction leading to low side crashes, you want the freshest rubber in front to minimize the risk of punctures and blow outs.
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Old 12-11-20, 09:14 PM
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I never rotate, new rubber front and back. Just makes life easier.
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I buy my tires (usually yellow/black Rubino Pros) in sets of 3. I run the front tire in the time I go through 2 rear tires, usually ~7000 mi front, ~3500 mi each rear. I swap in the 2nd rear tire, or replace the pair, when the rear tire starts showing threads. I usually start looking for the next set of 3 when I’m half way through the 2nd rear.

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Old 12-11-20, 09:45 PM
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Typically I replace both. Prudent for flat protection and front wheel grip? Perhaps. Economically prudent? Perhaps not.
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Old 12-11-20, 09:56 PM
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Originally Posted by drew eckhardt View Post
rear to trash, front to back, new tire.
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Old 12-11-20, 10:30 PM
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I have. Yes. Depends. Not always.
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Rear to trash, front to back, new tire on front.

With losing front tire traction leading to low side crashes, you want the freshest rubber in front to minimize the risk of punctures and blow outs.
This is the correct answer, and the right reasons.
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Old 12-11-20, 10:42 PM
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I have. Yes. Depends. Not always.
What are "Yes Depends?" And why do you have them?
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Old 12-12-20, 12:29 AM
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What are "Yes Depends?" And why do you have them?
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Old 12-12-20, 01:17 AM
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Yer all wimps. LOL. Here's my front tyre after I rode 1,930 miles, after I bought a 1973 CCM. I changed both tubes and put the tyres back on, after I SANDED the rough hard edges by the bead. LOL. It is at least 30 years old, likely 40. See how tyre is spelled on the sidewall. I decided this was the last ride, so I rode it down the highway 36 miles out and back. 25 miles from home it got a wire flat. So half of the crumbling was from mounting. It wobbled all the way home. LOL I guess some more of the crumbling was when I took it off for good. The second last ride was around Jasper and the north 12 miles of the Columbia Icefields Parkway. I had to vacuum up the crumbs.


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Old 12-12-20, 02:37 AM
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I don't. Bike tires are so cheap, it is easy to put a new one on. I know, some people have expensive tires. There is also the chance of damaging a tire or tube when swapping them.
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Old 12-12-20, 02:47 AM
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Originally Posted by DrIsotope View Post
As a front tire typically lasts as long as two rear tires, I see no point in rotating them. For me. So no. I do not.
I use the front brake unless I am turning. In some situations, both are sometimes needed. I find, using the front brake much more than the back brake, front tires wear out almost as fast as back tires. It also depends on where you are riding, and how much you need to use your brakes.
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Rear to trash, front to back, new tire on front.

With losing front tire traction leading to low side crashes, you want the freshest rubber in front to minimize the risk of punctures and blow outs.
It depends where you are riding. Where I am, I often ride through mud. While having good tread on both tires is ideal, having good tread on the back tire is most important. Without tread, tires can just spin in the mud. You can get away with partly worn tread on the front.
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I do on my touring bike if it's coinciding with tours. But I've been having terrible wear issues with the Surly ETs such that the rear only lasts 1500 miles anyway.
Hopefully the Schwalbe Moto-x will last long enough to make rotating them worthwhile.
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Old 12-12-20, 03:44 AM
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Originally Posted by cubewheels View Post
Or just buy a new tire for the rear first if that has worn enough?
I rotate my tires . Have been doing it for a very long time, never had any issues. Just make sure to inspect the tires before rotating.
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Old 12-12-20, 04:16 AM
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Originally Posted by alo View Post
It depends where you are riding. Where I am, I often ride through mud. While having good tread on both tires is ideal, having good tread on the back tire is most important. Without tread, tires can just spin in the mud. You can get away with partly worn tread on the front.
Good point. I often ride early in the morning where the moist road can sometimes have very poor traction. The biggest problem if it's a steep climb and the rear wheels spin.

I have used worn (relatively squared) tires on the front wheel (knobby tire that has worn its knobs at the center) after rotating the front and rear. Never exprienced handling issues except when braking in poor traction conditions.
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Old 12-12-20, 04:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Drew Eckhardt View Post
Rear to trash, front to back, new tire on front.

With losing front tire traction leading to low side crashes, you want the freshest rubber in front to minimize the risk of punctures and blow outs.
I'll do that from now on!
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Old 12-12-20, 05:51 AM
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I don’t, I slap on a new rear and keep rolling with the front.
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