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When do you usually change your tires?

Old 01-11-06, 01:28 AM
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When do you usually change your tires?

Reading the tire threads has got me wondering, (along with my first flat), when it'll be time to change my tires. My current tire seem to have a lot of rubber left on them but they're starting to get a good amount of small slices in them (1/4" long maybe?) from road glass and other debris. So when do you know that it's time to take the plunge and get some new ones?
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Old 01-11-06, 02:33 AM
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Mine have all been sudden dealth. Cuts from road debree of some sort. I do have a set on now that are looking pretty square from about 4600 KM on the road and a month and half of trainer use. I'll put a new set on in when it's nicer weather.
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Old 01-11-06, 04:12 AM
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I run mine until the tread's all worn away. Got just a little over 4000 miles with this Armadillo:

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Old 01-11-06, 04:55 AM
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I ran my specialized mondo's until you could see the fibre coming out of the rubber. they are still gonna last another 15000km's as a back up. Very stylish tyre that one. Great compromise between strength and weight. I had 5 punctures in 10000km's of riding only 1 was anything to do with the tyre strength, the others were all potholes or shoddily fixed tubes!
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Old 01-11-06, 05:07 AM
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I can't remember the last time that I wore a tire out. I only get a couple of flats a year but, even at that, I usually cut a sidewall badly enough that the cords are cut and the side of the tire bulges out while there is still significant tread left on the tire.
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Old 01-11-06, 06:29 AM
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Generally, either I'll spot a worn patch, maybe even see cord, or I start getting too many flats resulting from the ease with which small objects penetrate the thin tread that's left. I may close up those small nicks with some of that shoe repair goo, just to seal off the slit so debris won't get in and work its evil on my tube.

But isn't the answer really a matter of comfort level? I know riders who squeeze every mile out of tires that I wouldn't trust for a minute. Who wants to learn that your tire was shot when it blows out on that sharp, winding descent?
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Old 01-11-06, 07:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Basscycle
Reading the tire threads has got me wondering, (along with my first flat), when it'll be time to change my tires. My current tire seem to have a lot of rubber left on them but they're starting to get a good amount of small slices in them (1/4" long maybe?) from road glass and other debris. So when do you know that it's time to take the plunge and get some new ones?
If they get flattened out...where you ride suqares off, unless you want to fix a flat on the road, change them.

Rode a pair that I have been too lazy to switch and in the rain last weekend got a small pebble embedded in the rear, penetrated the tube and as I was pulling up after the ride, I heard it hissing.

That provided the motivation I needed.

Slices are no good. As you ride over them, they spread. Catastrophic results soon will follow...
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I don't change mine until I start getting a lot of flats or until they start getting so flattened out that they make me nervous in corners. Usually you get a feeling that it's time for the tire to go ("I'm sick of flats," "I'm tired of this crappy handling," etc.).

After that you can totally destroy it on the trainer.
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Old 01-11-06, 12:41 PM
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As soon as the cord shows through in any spot.
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when the seasons change.

then come the next year, if there's good tread they go back on or i get new one's
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Ironically, this tire thread is dealing with tire threads. That's when I definitely change mine.
Hopefully, I notice them squaring off before the threads come shining through.
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i won't do anything until i have a flat tire. then i'll evaluate the situation and see if it's worn enough to change. but until a flat occurs...i'll just keep riding it.
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i put a new set on every spring and use them for a year.
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Old 01-12-06, 06:56 PM
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Originally Posted by EventServices
Ironically, this tire thread is dealing with tire threads. That's when I definitely change mine.
Hopefully, I notice them squaring off before the threads come shining through.
I was figuring you were shocked that this thread stayed on topic...every post was on topic.

Wow...

Now if he had asked what kind of tires you use...

"I use X brand and you are a dumb@ss unless you use what I use."

"Oh, yeah, you so and so...and so's your mother..."

"Oh yeah, well you are both stupid because you don't use Y brand tires."

"I went to my LBS and they"...(Select one)
1. did not tell me what a great rider I am, so I am taking my business elsewhere
2. cost too much so I asked them a lot of questions so I could buy stuff from Performance as I had no clue what to get
3. did not have what I wanted, those so and so's...
4. did not give me a discount because I am a "good customer" and I'll take my business elsewhere

"Hey, the cheapie tires last just as long and you are an idiot if you spend more than ten bucks on a tire"

"If you get tires that are colored to match your bike, you are a poseur"

Moderator closes thread...

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Originally Posted by roadwarrior
I was figuring you were shocked that this thread stayed on topic...every post was on topic.

Wow...

Now if he had asked what kind of tires you use...

"I use X brand and you are a dumb@ss unless you use what I use."

"Oh, yeah, you so and so...and so's your mother..."

"Oh yeah, well you are both stupid because you don't use Y brand tires."

"I went to my LBS and they"...(Select one)
1. did not tell me what a great rider I am, so I am taking my business elsewhere
2. cost too much so I asked them a lot of questions so I could buy stuff from Performance as I had no clue what to get
3. did not have what I wanted, those so and so's...
4. did not give me a discount because I am a "good customer" and I'll take my business elsewhere

"Hey, the cheapie tires last just as long and you are an idiot if you spend more than ten bucks on a tire"

"If you get tires that are colored to match your bike, you are a poseur"

Moderator closes thread...


HEY--- your gettin off topic.
but I use mine until the thread wears through. Then they are off to the trainer. the tire I have on my traier right now has a hard time getting traction because of the lack of rubber, I think I'm gonna change it tonight
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Originally Posted by zero
HEY--- your gettin off topic.
but I use mine until the thread wears through. Then they are off to the trainer. the tire I have on my traier right now has a hard time getting traction because of the lack of rubber, I think I'm gonna change it tonight
Nahhhh...be a man and wait until it goes flat...
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