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How often do you rotate the tires

Old 08-03-13, 05:19 AM
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19's on the front 23's on the rear, rear's wear much faster as pointed out.
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Old 08-03-13, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by coasting View Post
on a bit of a tangent, I think peaople are a bit hasty in replacing tyres. I use mine forever.
So you're still on the original set that came with your bike?
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Old 08-03-13, 08:16 AM
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Originally Posted by stilltooslow View Post
Once I find a tire I like, I never rotate. I replace the rear when it's worn, and generally replace the front after the third or so rear is worn out.
Same here. I never take a perfectly good tire and dismount it from a wheel.
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Old 08-03-13, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Cyclelogikal View Post
Never..............ride them til they need replacing.

This.
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Old 08-03-13, 10:04 AM
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Originally Posted by gregf83 View Post
I've had lots of flats but never a blowout.
I've never actually heard first hand of anyone having a blowout either. I think it's just more web talk and scare. I've run over glass before and had a tube blow from creeping under the rim (my fault when I first started riding and didn't know more on tire installation), but that's it. A really worn tire might be more subject to puncture but its a gradual flattening and not a blowout.
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Old 08-03-13, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
I've never actually heard first hand of anyone having a blowout ...
About 2 weeks ago I was riding along, about 20 mph (+ or -) and I heard, POP...hissssss. The tire completely deflated in about 3-4 seconds. The sidewall of the tire had split and the tube came through, bubbled and ruptured. I'd call that a blowout.
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Old 08-03-13, 11:39 AM
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It's happened to me too, more like a "squishout" than a blowout. Twice, on the front tire on left turns which is scary. But they were pinch flats which brings up a question. Are somewhat worn tires really more prone to flats than are brand new tires, or is that just an assumption? Really worn tires, with threads showing or even worn through, I'd rather replace it than rotate it, but with wear somewhere short of that do we truly know that it makes a difference?
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Old 08-03-13, 03:33 PM
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This morning I cut my back tire. Booted it and nursed it home. After getting home switched front tire to the back then after the LBS opened went and purchased a new tire for the front. I am set for tomorrow. If not for the cut tire I would just keep riding until they are just completely used up.
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Old 08-03-13, 04:10 PM
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Back tires start getting squared off within a few hundred miles. But the flat center part will still have thousands of miles of use. It looks bad right away, but it's slow to wear down more.

If I kept my front tire and just replaced worn back tires, the front would be 5 years or more old, and have a lot of small cuts and cracks. So I move it to the back and put on a new front. I get at least 3500 miles from the back tire.

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Old 08-03-13, 04:55 PM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
I've never actually heard first hand of anyone having a blowout either...
I've had one similar to 'On the path'. Bought a used bike on CL that had very worn tires. I ordered new tires (as they didn't have what I wanted at my LBS) but couldn't wait to ride, so I got about two miles from home, POP-hisssssss. I immediately turned around and got maybe 1/2 mile down the road before I was forced to walk it the rest of the way home. The tread was SO worn that there was a literal hole in it. I'd say the previous owner got his money's worth out of those tires... and I would call that a blowout.

As to the OP's question: Never have yet. And after reading this, I probably won't.
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Old 08-03-13, 08:32 PM
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Originally Posted by StanSeven View Post
I've never actually heard first hand of anyone having a blowout either.

It's happened to me twice in 23 years of cycling ... not often, but it does happen

1) I rolled over a sharp rock and it sounded like a gunshot. Very loud ... scared me half to death.

2) I had been riding on a very cold day, brought my bicycle into my apartment, turned the heat up to 30, and BOOM.

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Old 08-03-13, 09:45 PM
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Wow, i can't believe that rotating tires had never occured to me or heard about doing it from somewhere else. But now that i think about it, it is a great idea and will definitely start doing front to back replace front.
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Old 08-03-13, 10:24 PM
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I've had three blowouts on our tandem, unrelated to tire age or wear or installation. Two on the front, one on the rear. I had a wheelsucker single blow her front tire right behind me coming in to a stop after a mountain descent. All Conti 4000, blown off the rim not sidewall failures, and only on lightweight rims, FWIW.

I never rotate tires. When I no longer like the look of the rear, I throw it away or save it for an emergency spare, put the front on the rear and a new on the front. Why would I ever put a worn tire on the front? Not gonna happen.
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Old 08-03-13, 11:46 PM
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I wear the rear, move the front to the back and put the new tire on the front. Less hassle, less wasted time.
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Old 08-04-13, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Trek0701 View Post
Wow, i can't believe that rotating tires had never occured to me or heard about doing it from somewhere else. But now that i think about it, it is a great idea and will definitely start doing front to back replace front.
I've been cycling for a lot of years ... have heard about this rotating idea many, many times ... and I do not see the point.
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Old 08-04-13, 01:00 AM
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I rotate my tyres everytime I ride my bike.... . I'll get my coat
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Old 08-04-13, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
I've been cycling for a lot of years ... have heard about this rotating idea many, many times ... and I do not see the point.
I don't think it'll make that big of a difference, but wouldn't you want the best tire on the front?
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