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Is is ok to only replace one tire?

Old 06-18-11, 05:01 PM
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Is is ok to only replace one tire?

My back tire needs to be replaced but the front one is OK. Is is ok to only replace one tire at a time? I currently have 700x25; any suggestions on what type of tire to buy? I am brand new to cycling and I am using the hobby for fitness/recreation.
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rear tires wear out more quickly than front tires. i always move my front tire to the rear and put a new one on the front. lots of good tire choices out there. i generally find the british online retailers to be my preferred place to buy.
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Originally Posted by bomski99 View Post
My back tire needs to be replaced but the front one is OK. Is is ok to only replace one tire at a time? I currently have 700x25; any suggestions on what type of tire to buy? I am brand new to cycling and I am using the hobby for fitness/recreation.
Think it through, what do you think might happen if you only replace 1 tire ... that the other tire will have a temper tantrum ?
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Each tyre operates independently of the other.

I also rotate front to back when I replace, but that isn't necessary.
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Yes, it's ok to replace one at a time. Another 700x25 from Continental, Michelin, Vittoria, or Panaracer should do the trick. Foldable tires tend to be higher up in the chain and of better quality.
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Yes replace one. If you are inclined, I agree it's wise to put new one on front and move front to back but if you are lazy it's not really mandatory.
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Sure, absolutely not a problem.
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Rotate 'em.
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Yes, you should replace both tires. You should also replace all of your car tires, so you don't get a flat driving your bike to the park.
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Originally Posted by Hank244 View Post
Yes, it is mandatory. It is (very) important to have your best tire on the front. Move the used tire to the back and put the new one on front.
Puh-leez. Yes it's a good idea. But if the dude is newbie enough to not know it, he is probably not going to notice the difference.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Puh-leez. Yes it's a good idea. But if the dude is newbie enough to not know it, he is probably not going to notice the difference.
What is the difference?
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or, you know, just replace the front tire when it needs it. If I don't trust a tire on the front, why would I want to put it on the back where where a flat is still a PITA, just a less dangerous one?

-- a rider who hasn't had an in-ride flat in > 2 years (and who does not rotate tires.)
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Originally Posted by bomski99 View Post
...I currently have 700x25; any suggestions on what type of tire to buy?...
There are tons of options depending on your riding style and what you want most--light weight, performance, durability, comfort, flat protection... I put flat protection high on the list. I think this one offers good flat protection, good enough performance, and a reasonable price:

http://www.biketiresdirect.com/produ...on-carbon-tire

edit--Yikes! The price on that link is too much; shop around, and you can find them closer to $40 each.
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Originally Posted by Hank244 View Post
Bomski99,

It's a safety issue. A flat at speed is easier to handle on the rear wheel. Take any action you can to mitigate the risk of a front flat. To this end, have your best tire on the front.
To expand on this...if a tire is going to self-destruct due to a manufacturing defect, it'll do so fairly quickly (first few hundred miles). If your front tire is in good shape, leave it there. I've got 4k+ miles on mine (700x25 Gatorskin), and it's got quite a few miles left in it.
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Thanks everyone, in retrospect it may have been a silly question but the existing tires were the same model so I assume that they were both changed at the same time. I also didn't know that the best tire should be in the front, but that makes a lot of sense.
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Originally Posted by bomski99 View Post
Thanks everyone, in retrospect it may have been a silly question but the existing tires were the same model so I assume that they were both changed at the same time. I also didn't know that the best tire should be in the front, but that makes a lot of sense.
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I usually put a slightly grippier/softer tire on the front wheel and a slightly tougher one on the rear. I just change one at a time, unless they both need it. (In case you wanted a slightly different opinion)
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Nothing wrong with the bike! I noticed that the seat and the bars are about level...this is unusual, but not necessarily wrong. If you've never been fitted to the bike, I recommend that you check with whichever shop you do business with and see what a basic fitting would cost. That would be my next purchase after the tire.
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