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How long have your tires and tubes last?

Old 03-17-05, 06:28 PM
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How long have your tires and tubes last?

I am curious how long your tires and tubes are lasting like how many miles they have before you had to replace them or how long till you got a flat or leak? I just bought a bike and already I have to fill up the tires before I can ride again or it will be on the rim when I ride. I run Kenda Kwest 700x28c with Aero X-lite XR-4 rims they got about 130 miles on them right now ot sure of the tube though. So lets see what rims and tires everyone has and some mileage....
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I check the air pressure in my tires before every ride. I normally have to put in more air every 3 or 4 days.

So far I have about 1,200 miles on my current set of tires, but I have had to replace or patch tubes several times in that 1,200 miles. A patched tube can last a very long time.
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Old 03-17-05, 06:36 PM
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I have 1200+ miles on my bike, and went through 4-5 tires, 5-6 tubes. I keep slashing my tires on stuff .
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I have about 1000 miles on my current tires. I usually need to add air every 3 or 4 days, but this is about the same as they were when new. They can sit for weeks without going down to the rim. I inflate to 100 lbs, after 3 or 4 days, they are usually in the low to mid 90s. If they go a couple of weeks, they drop to mid 80s. No flats or patches yet, still running the original tubes.
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I ride the conti ultra gator skins and got about 2K miles out of the last rear tire. I'm guessing I'll get 3-4K out of the front.
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I know a guy who weighs about 143lbs, and has got 10,500 miles out of some 2003-ish Michelin Axials!! They don't make them anymore.

I'm about 185lbs, and I usually get about 1700 miles out of a rear, and roughly double for a front, unless they get cut or otherwise damaged.
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About ~700 on the orginal front tire. More like 200-300 on the new rear. I've replaced tubes a couple times in there. The front tires starting to look a little weak, it's the tire that comes stock with a Specialized and I've heard less than gleaming reviews on those, but it's holding up OK. I accidentally plowed through a field of broken glass, glass left right and center, no where to go- yesterday and was just waiting for the -HISSS-, but I made it through alright.
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Old 03-18-05, 10:30 AM
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I have 4,800 on my front tire and 4,400 on my rear. The reason for the difference is I slashed the rear on a rock when I had 400 miles on them. I am changing them at 5,000 regardless, but they will still have a little life in them. Sure would hate to have a blow out doing about 40 downhill though.

They are Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks and that is what I am putting back on. I put air in them before every ride and keep them at 120psi.
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Old 03-18-05, 10:40 AM
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Tubes do slowly lose air. I check the pressures on my roadie before every ride, and on my commuter usually once a week when I'm riding it. From weekend to weekend, the roadie will usually lost 10-20 psi (inflate to approx 120, 700x23 tire).

I haven't had a flat since about July last year (touch wood). I usually patch a tube twice before discarding it.

A new rear tire will typically last me 2000-2500 miles, depending on the tire. I'm 220-230lbs, so am reasonably hard on the tire. When the rear is worn out, I put the front tire on the rear and put a new tire on the front. Rear tire will then last me another 1500-2000 miles. I prefer to have the newer tire on the front - I'd rather have the rear blowout than the front!
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~2000 miles. Add air before every ride.
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On my new bike my first Michelin Pro Race lasted about 10 miles. Managed to split the sidewall on it. After that little incident my new rear pro race lasted 1200 miles then I noticed a bulge on it, I believe it was caused by hitting a rock. My front tire made it 1250 miles when I noticed the tube coming out through a hole in the sidewall of it.

I replaced the tires with the Michelin Pro2 Race tires. If they don't last any longer this time I'll be using the Michelin Carbon's.

As for tubes, I dunno how long they last. They usually last until I get a flat.

I check the air pressure every ride.
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Old 03-18-05, 11:16 AM
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Well I am willing to bet that you dont' get too many miles out of those Kendas. That wouldn't be a Marin would it? Sounds like a typical Marin wheel and tire spec is why I ask, not that there is anything wrong with Marin (actually I like them). My old Argenta got 400 miles on the Kendas that came stock, total crap tire.

Like others have said you should check you pressure before each ride.

As for my distances I have 340 miles on some cheap Performance Forte GT2s but they still have tons of miles left on them and I have not had a flat yet. I have Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks on my Salsa but they only have 200 miles on them and still look brand new.
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I got about 1500 miles on a GP3000 rear before I started getting flats. The tread is pretty worn through but the front still looks good. I use tubes until I can't put another patch on it. My new Rubino Pro Kevlar tires still only have about 200 miles and look new.

If you're not getting at least 1000 miles on tires you're doing something wrong, probably underinflating or riding over nails.
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About 2000 miles on rears, 4000 miles on fronts, same for tubes.
Michelin Pro Race 700 X 23. (These are the replacements for Michelin Axial Pros)

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About 2-2.5K on the rear, 3-4K on the front w/ Conti GP 3Ks.
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3240 miles on both the back and the front tires, same with the tubes - conti Ultra Gatorskins
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I rarely get flats so my tubes last a pretty long while. When I do flat, I'll generally just put a fresh tube in and patch the old one to use as a spare. I have ridden on ten year old tubes before but it's probably best to replace them every few years since the material may degrade. I seem to get a flat about once every couple of years. Of course, having said that, I am now jinxed.

My Continental GP3000s seem to last between 3000 to 3500 miles before they need to be replaced. I pushed a set beyond 4500 miles once and got two flats in the same day. The second one blew through the casing on a high-speed downhill descent and luckily it was the rear and I was going straight so I just coasted to a stop. I was forced to walk home that day and I learned a good lesson.

I top off my tyres before every ride.
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It's going to vary widely, The other tires and riders may not get what you get. It's typical to have to check bike tires before every ride. The smaller tires with high pressure will tend to lose more air in a day.

On a pair of soft race tires I wore them out completely in 800 miles. I have some harder touring tires that I rode 5600 miles and the thread started coming off the tape over the bead, but there is plenty of tread left.
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Originally Posted by UmneyDurak
I have 1200+ miles on my bike, and went through 4-5 tires, 5-6 tubes. I keep slashing my tires on stuff .
Whew, at least I'm not the only one.

I was using Bontrager (700x25) and just switched to Hutchinson Carbon Comps (700x23). I know some of it must be me but the Bontragers just seemed too soft. I've only had one ride on the Hutchinsons. So far, so good but that may be the new tennis shoe effect.
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front tire on my old raod bikes is the same since 1982
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Old 03-18-05, 08:57 PM
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Well I didn't make it to 5,000 miles. Went for a 23 mile ride today and when I got home I checked the rear tire and the threads were showing so I made it to 4840 on Vittoria Rubino Pro Slicks.
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grasshopper your right you know your bikes and tubes...its actually a Marin Lucas Valley its my first road bike Ive had a mountain bike for a long time so far its a good bike havent had any problems yet but im already looking to upgrade a few parts on it..im about to do the MS150 Houston to Austin which is 180 miles in 2 days so im hoping the tires and tubes last me the entire ride....
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tires are over 3000 miles, front and back
i replace tubes after being patched ~4 times or damaging the valve, which has only happened a few times.
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Originally Posted by recursive
tires are over 3000 miles, front and back
i replace tubes after being patched ~4 times or damaging the valve, which has only happened a few times.
I bought a bike from a friend, that had paper thin racing tires. He said he had been patching the rear tube to see how many patches he could put on one tube. We took out the tube, I counted 46 patches. It was not leaking at the time. I replaced it anyway.
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