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do you rotate your tires

Old 06-29-11, 11:15 AM
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do you rotate your tires

my back tire has a serious flat spot on the center of my tire and the front not so much...just wondering how many of you rotate or just get a new back tire
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Old 06-29-11, 11:18 AM
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No underpants! No tire rotations!
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Old 06-29-11, 11:19 AM
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Why in the Hell would I want to put the bad tire in the handling position?
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Old 06-29-11, 11:21 AM
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Move the front tire to the back, and get a new tire for the front.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:25 AM
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Never rotate: It's vital to have your front tyre be the better one. Why would you want to place the flat-spotted, worn-out tyre in charge of steering and emergency braking? Never put your old rear on the front.

When my rear tyre needs replacing, I usually take the front tyre and move it to the back. That way, I always have as fresh a front tyre as possible.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by flaco View Post
Move the front tire to the back, and get a new tire for the front.
flaco's right.
Put your best tire on front.
A front tire blowout affects handling (safety) more than a rear tire blowout.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by flaco View Post
Move the front tire to the back, and get a new tire for the front.
Nope... as I seem to even wear front to rear but if I cut, flat spotted or otherwise damaged the rear then yes, I would.

I do have a friend who does this ^ since he wears rear much faster. He does get quite a bit more mileage out of the front after its been moved to the rear.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Wested View Post
No underpants! No tire rotations!
What does underpants have to do with tire rotations?
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Old 06-29-11, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by justadude View Post
What does underpants have to do with tire rotations?
Wested is just emphasizing that there are multiple threads asking/answering about tire rotation as well as ones asking if you should wear underwear under your spandex shorts.
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Old 06-29-11, 11:42 AM
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2 new tires, please
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Old 06-29-11, 11:47 AM
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Tires can be had for cheap. Rotating the bad tire to the front is foolhardy and unsafe. Rotating the front to the back and getting new tires for just the front is just time you could spend riding. But if you are cheap, do it.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by justadude View Post
What does underpants have to do with tire rotations?
Yeah, I find I can only do tire changes in my underpants while standing in a kiddy pool with a toaster precariously balanced on the edge.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:28 PM
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Ok.. thanks ... many good points were made.. front to the rear and new front it is
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Old 06-29-11, 12:30 PM
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Seems like too much hassle to rotate. I just replace it.

I have to agree with having a good tire in the front. Wouldn't want that one blowing out.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:35 PM
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I have sometimes run about 800 miles on a set then did a rotation. As long as the rear is still very good no issues then I will. Then I run them till they are done. My thinking is on my bike with Vreds or Kenda Ironcl tires, these are still almost new at 800. This gives me a little more even wear and I replace both then.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:37 PM
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Front tire typically lasts 3 times as long as the rear, unless you're the king of wheelies, in which case the front tire would last about 6-9 times as long.

You can move the front to the rear every time or every other time.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:44 PM
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remember...when rotating you cross the two fronts when moving them to the rear and move the rear straight forward......i do this atleast every 3k or when i get my oil changed. Now do you have a cycling question?
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Old 06-29-11, 12:47 PM
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new on the front, front to the back, back to the back trainer wheel.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:51 PM
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As long as the arrow on the sidewall is pointing in the right direction I leave my tires alone.
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Old 06-29-11, 12:58 PM
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Originally Posted by justadude View Post
What does underpants have to do with tire rotations?
Bad tires can cause you need to change your underpants especially going down hill.
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Old 06-29-11, 01:08 PM
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someone said tires are cheap? lately i've been shelling out more money on tires than any other gizmo or gadget. this is getting pretty annoying. i am thinking of changing over to gatorskins. tossing a $50 tire a week is not cheap.
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Never rotate, always have the best tire up front. If you need to replace your rear tire put the new tire up front and the tire that was up front on the rear.
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Old 06-29-11, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by ticktockpedal View Post
someone said tires are cheap? lately i've been shelling out more money on tires than any other gizmo or gadget. this is getting pretty annoying. i am thinking of changing over to gatorskins. tossing a $50 tire a week is not cheap.
WTF?!? A week?!?


If you are tossing a tire a week, cheap tires or not, it will be expensive. And yeah, you are doing it wrong!
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Old 06-29-11, 01:17 PM
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I tried moving my back tire to the front, but then my chain was the wrong length and it wouldn't reach.
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Old 06-29-11, 01:17 PM
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yeah, i know it's expensive. i have thrown some tires off the rim lately; but i've also cut the sidewalls on multiple tires in a short span of time. i ride in a very urban area.
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