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Old 08-25-14, 06:51 AM
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Rotating bike tires

Does anybody do this. I see my rear Espoir is getting flat in the middle and the front still has it's rib. I should probably swap 'em
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Old 08-25-14, 06:56 AM
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No. Just replace the back tire.
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Getting a front flat at speed is no fun. Wait, getting flats is no fun.

I replace tires well before the center section gets that flat look. Yes, this costs a little money. No flats this year....almost 5,000 miles of riding and I do not ride durable tires.......Challenge Parigi-Roubaix, Compass Extra Legere, and sometimes Vittoria CX EVO III.....all with latex tubes.

Replace the rear if your budget permits. When that new rear tire starts to look a little worn, replace it and the front tire at the same time. Front tires last almost twice as long for me. Rinse/Repeat. When I was a student, I would run them until the cords were showing with obvious consequences.
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Old 08-25-14, 07:28 AM
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I once rotated my rear tire to the front once, but I felt a difference when making a turn, so I decided from then on to replace the rear tire altogether.
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Some people do, less worn tire to the front. I've never seen much point - maybe putting a new tire on front and moving the front to the back, but that's all the rotating I'll do.
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Old 08-25-14, 08:05 AM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
new tire on front and moving the front to the back, but that's all the rotating I'll do.
this is how i do it

i figure a worn tire is more likely to cause problems
and problems on the front
are worse than problems on the rear
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Old 08-25-14, 08:16 AM
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As others have said: Run the rear tire until cords start to show. Move the front tire to the back and put a new one on the front. Exception: If the front is nearly new, don't bother moving it to the back and just put the new one on the back.
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Old 08-25-14, 08:26 AM
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Any kind of average life span on a tire? I think I'm about 1100-1300 miles on these originals.
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Old 08-25-14, 08:43 AM
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I have decided to buy tires 3 at a time, since for me, it seems the front lasts at least twice as long as the rear, and I have heard bad things about rotating bicycle tires. I value safety and stability in my cycling.

My plan is to replace the rear, since the next time I buy 3 tires, I will probably be trying something different... so no need to replace a usable front with a new tire.
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My tires always rotate when I ride
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
My tires always rotate when I ride
You too? Happens to me all the time.
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Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
Any kind of average life span on a tire? I think I'm about 1100-1300 miles on these originals.
It's normal for a rear tire to develop a flat spot pretty early on. That doesn't mean it's worn out!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
It's normal for a rear tire to develop a flat spot pretty early on. That doesn't mean it's worn out!
good point

remember that after the tallest part of the ridge is worn out
the next stage is wearing out the
now much wider
contact patch
that is the tire directly blow where the ridge used to be
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Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
Any kind of average life span on a tire? I think I'm about 1100-1300 miles on these originals.
What is the top speed of a car? How far will a golf ball go?

On rear tires, I get 500-600 miles on Vittoria CX III, 900ish of Challenge Parigi-Roubaix, 2300ish on Compass Extra Legeres, and way, way more on Continental clincher tires or others that are more durable. Durable tires are usually slow and are not comfy. Anyways, here is a review suggesting hope that your Espoir tires go more like 3000 miles.....

commuterDude: Specialized Espoir Elite road tires, Long-Term Test
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I change out both tires at once and keep the fronts. When a back wears down, I pull an old front off the shelf and put it on.
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Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
Does anybody do this.
Sure. New tire on the front. Front tire on the rear. Rear tire in the trash.

I see my rear Espoir is getting flat in the middle and the front still has it's rib. I should probably swap 'em
You don't want to do that because front flats are more likely to cause a crash than rears.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
My tires always rotate when I ride
You beat me to it.
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Old 08-25-14, 12:20 PM
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Originally Posted by wphamilton View Post
Some people do, less worn tire to the front. I've never seen much point - maybe putting a new tire on front and moving the front to the back, but that's all the rotating I'll do.
+1000

Sheldon Brown (the godfather of cycling knowledge) agrees.
Read this --> Tire Rotation
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Front tire to the rear, new tire on the front... if I bother at all.

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No, I don't think I'll be rotating tires on this bike or the tandem, which is also a 406/559 bike.
Hey! How about rotating tires between bikes?

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Not a big fan of this timing out thing while I'm commenting so here's the redone short version.

Put a new gator on the rear, got a flat. probably pinched it on the install. Swapped in new tube during ride with help. finished ride.
I like the gatorskin. cushy and fast. i'll give it a fair shake. still have the old rear. The espoirs do take a heap of punishment from gravel.
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Originally Posted by spdracr39 View Post
My tires always rotate when I ride
+1

That's the only rotating my tires do.
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Worry Prone? front blowouts are more dangerous than rears , so you may choose to put the new one on the front, and the front one on the rear.
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