Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Tire direction for Conti 4000s

Notices
Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

Tire direction for Conti 4000s

Old 07-04-12, 01:12 PM
  #1  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
dleccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 561
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Tire direction for Conti 4000s

im confused which direction i should run my tires and dont want to get it backwards.

please help

thanks,
maria
dleccord is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 01:15 PM
  #2  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: maryland
Posts: 105

Bikes: Trek Madone 5.9 SL

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Look carefully on the sidewall for an arrow. There is only one
thebchessl is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 01:19 PM
  #3  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
dleccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 561
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
im curious if it does is matter?
dleccord is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 01:21 PM
  #4  
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Posts: 18,150

Bikes: GMC Denali

Liked 92 Times in 31 Posts
Originally Posted by dleccord
im curious if it does is matter?
If it has an arrow why not just go with it? They are too expensive to risk ruining prematurely.
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 01:42 PM
  #5  
Hanging On
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 872
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
It probably doesn't matter at all, but they did put an arrow on the tire. It should point forward when it is at the top, by the way.
soma5 is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 01:56 PM
  #6  
Senior Member
 
ARPRINCE's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: 38° 53' 51.635" N 77° 2' 11.507" W
Posts: 863

Bikes: 2021 Tern Verge X11 + Cannondale 2016 CAAD12 eTap + 2011 Synapse Alloy 5 Ultegra

Liked 24 Times in 16 Posts
I made that mistake when I first mounted the tire. Good thing someone in the Cannondale forum pointed that out to me. It wouldn't be there if it didn't matter.

ARPRINCE is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 02:47 PM
  #7  
Super Moderator
 
Homebrew01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Ffld Cnty Connecticut
Posts: 21,878

Bikes: Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales

Liked 985 Times in 640 Posts
Originally Posted by dleccord
im curious if it does is matter?
Doesn't matter
__________________
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike.

FYI: https://www.bikeforums.net/forum-sugg...ad-please.html
Homebrew01 is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 03:08 PM
  #8  
Beer >> Sanity
 
bikerjp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Colorado
Posts: 3,449

Bikes: 2014 Evo DA2, 2010 Caad9-4, 2011 Synapse-4, 2013 CaadX-disc

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by thompsonpost
If it isn't significant, why would the maker bother?
Maybe for those concerned about the insignificant?
bikerjp is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 03:34 PM
  #9  
Senior Member
 
dstrong's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Awesome, Austin, TX
Posts: 4,234

Bikes: Specialized Roubaix, Interloc Impala, ParkPre Image C6

Liked 88 Times in 58 Posts
Originally Posted by bikerjp
Maybe for those concerned about the insignificant?
You just described 90% of the 41.
__________________

2014 Specialized Roubaix2003 Interloc Impala2007 ParkPre Image C6 (RIP)

dstrong is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 03:53 PM
  #10  
Senior Member
 
Mike F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,181

Bikes: 2017 Specilized Roubaix, 2012 Scott CR1 Team, Felt Z85

Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by Homebrew01
Doesn't matter
Yep, according to the late great Sheldon Brown

[h=3]Road Applications[/h] With tires for road use, it really doesn't matter, since tire tread patterns serve no function on hard surfaces. Tires with "V" patterns are common for motorcycles, and are generally installed so that the point of the "V" hits the road first. This is to help "squirt" the water out ahead of and to the side of the tire contact patch, as a protection against hydroplaning . Since hydroplaning is impossible on a bicycle, there's no need to observe this custom.
Mike F is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 04:18 PM
  #11  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Haunchyville
Posts: 6,407
Liked 10 Times in 6 Posts
Originally Posted by thompsonpost
If it isn't significant, why would the maker bother?
Conti says they sell more tires if they put a tread on them. If you'll notice it doesn't actually make it to the main contact strip and is pretty shallow. It's just to make people feel more comfortable.
canam73 is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 04:25 PM
  #12  
Senior Member
 
Mike F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,181

Bikes: 2017 Specilized Roubaix, 2012 Scott CR1 Team, Felt Z85

Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
^ +1. The Michelin site said with the footprint of a 23mm tire you would have to hit a speed of 120 mph to hydroplane

https://www.michelinbicycletire.com/m...oothtread.view
Mike F is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 04:35 PM
  #13  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Posts: 526
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
by blind luck I had 3 of 4 "right". The one I had "wrong" shows no ill effects and I haven't noticed a difference in them.
AMFJ is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 04:47 PM
  #14  
Gluteus Enormus
 
mmmdonuts's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 2,245

Bikes: Yes

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by thompsonpost
Sorry about your Cheerios.

I ride Velociraptors. It makes a lot of difference. Cornering, stopping and climbing.

Is this one of those troll threads? I didn't see a restriction for 'thompsonpost'.
Wrong forum on both accounts. This is a muesli crowd.
mmmdonuts is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 05:03 PM
  #15  
jmX
Senior Member
 
jmX's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Orange, CA
Posts: 2,201

Bikes: Roubaix / Shiv

Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 1 Post
My guess is they put the arrow on it because people kept asking them which way they went on. In reality it doesn't matter, although the decorative tread probably looks faster one way compared to the other. As we all know, looks count!

PS, I always put mine on correctly.
jmX is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 05:08 PM
  #16  
Senior Member
 
Mike F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,181

Bikes: 2017 Specilized Roubaix, 2012 Scott CR1 Team, Felt Z85

Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
Originally Posted by jmX
As we all know, looks count!
Ding ding ding.. Winner!! No amount of physics or testing can trump the way is "should be"! It is all about the bike after all.
Mike F is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 05:17 PM
  #17  
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,865

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Liked 3,110 Times in 1,418 Posts
I put mine on backwards for my training wheels, for extra resistance. Then on race day when I mount up my arrow-forward race wheels, it's like gaining an extra 50 watts.
caloso is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 06:59 PM
  #18  
Senior Member
 
RoadTire's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 1,968

Bikes: '09 Trek 2.1 * '75 Sekine * 2010 Raleigh Talus 8.0 * '90 Giant Mtb * Raleigh M20 * Fuji Nevada mtb

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by Mike F
Ding ding ding.. Winner!! No amount of physics or testing can trump the way is "should be"! It is all about the bike after all.
I'm willing to bet if you pay attention to the arrow they tire labels will also be on the correct side.
__________________
FB4K - Every October we wrench on donated bikes. Every December, a few thousand kids get bikes for Christmas. For many, it is their first bike, ever. Every bike, new and used, was donated, built, cleaned and repaired. Check us out on FaceBook: FB4K.

Disclaimer: 99% of what I know about cycling I learned on BF. That would make, ummm, 1% experience. And a lot of posts.
RoadTire is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 07:28 PM
  #19  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 102
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
I put mine on backwards so that the tire never wears out. The more I ride, the thicker the tread becomes. Sure, like Caloso said, the tire is faster with the arrow pointed forward. But I've not had to buy tires in over 40,000 miles. Plus, people are impressed when they see a bicycle traveling in reverse.

Last edited by Hank244; 07-04-12 at 07:32 PM.
Hank244 is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 07:36 PM
  #20  
Administrator
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Delaware shore
Posts: 13,568

Bikes: Cervelo C5, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX

Liked 2,298 Times in 1,528 Posts
Wonder how many people here looked at their tires after reading this thread?
StanSeven is offline  
Old 07-04-12, 10:59 PM
  #21  
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
dleccord's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 561
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
if i ride my tires backwards and then forward and continue rotating them and then inside out, my tires should last forever, theoretically speaking.
dleccord is offline  
Old 07-05-12, 12:11 AM
  #22  
Senior Member
 
bassplyr's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Middle, TN
Posts: 118

Bikes: Trek Domane, Specialized Secteur, Giant Roam 1, Trek 2.1

Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by StanSeven
Wonder how many people here looked at their tires after reading this thread?
I did and couldnt find any arrows!
bassplyr is offline  
Old 07-05-12, 03:17 AM
  #23  
Zoom zoom zoom zoom bonk
 
znomit's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 4,699

Bikes: Giant Defy, Trek 1.7c, BMC GF02, Trek Marlin 6, Scott Sub 35, Kona Rove, Trek Verve+2

Liked 773 Times in 391 Posts
Originally Posted by dleccord
if i ride my tires backwards and then forward and continue rotating them and then inside out, my tires should last forever, theoretically speaking.
Not quite.
Its true that mounting them backwards will suck rubber back up off the road but its usually not black chilli rubber. Often its slippery michelin or puncture magnet schwalbe.
znomit is offline  
Old 07-05-12, 08:12 AM
  #24  
Senior Member
 
Mike F's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: San Diego
Posts: 2,181

Bikes: 2017 Specilized Roubaix, 2012 Scott CR1 Team, Felt Z85

Likes: 0
Liked 4 Times in 2 Posts
What kind of resistance do you get if the front is backwards and the rear forward? Would you move at all ?
Mike F is offline  
Old 07-05-12, 08:27 AM
  #25  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Tuscaloosa, AL
Posts: 526
Likes: 0
Liked 1 Time in 1 Post
Originally Posted by bassplyr
I did and couldnt find any arrows!
It is very faint. Look near the "made in germany"
AMFJ is offline  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Your Privacy Choices -

Copyright © 2024 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.