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Just how quickly do you burn through that rear tire?

Old 06-01-13, 01:10 AM
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Just how quickly do you burn through that rear tire?

Obviously, if you're riding a fixie, chances are you're using the foot brake a lot, or exclusively. Being that I am considering building a fixie or changing out the setup on my rig, I'd like to know about this.

I mainly trail ride, so I may not wear them out as fast as you city folk.
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Old 06-01-13, 01:15 AM
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I have ridden off road on a fixed gear... preferred an SS with brakes for way better control and crank timing.

On the road I run a brake (or brakes) and avoid burning up my tyres doing skids.
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Old 06-01-13, 01:17 AM
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I run brakeless and with everyday riding(10~ a day) a tire will last me around 6-8 months. The key is to not try to impress people with your sweet skids and backpedal more.
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Old 06-01-13, 01:23 AM
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Depends on what brand of tire you use, and how you skid, also I think your gear ratio matters also (higher ratio=less friction vise versa).
I usually resist the pedals when I can, but I'll skid when I have to (emergency, getting lazy, shed speed quick)
It also depends on how you skid, long skids burns the tire faster; short, quick ones will conserve the tires.
My tires(Vittoria Randonneur, Continental gatorskin) usually lasted about a month-month half, but that's daily riding with a area with heavy traffic, and one steep hill.
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Old 06-01-13, 01:32 AM
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my rubino lasts me ~1 year with minimal skids. rubinos don't like skids.
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Old 06-01-13, 01:34 AM
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My current tire is at 9 months, after quitting skidding so often.
But then again I've been busy with work and other stuff so haven't been riding as often as I want to.
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Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
I run brakeless and with everyday riding(10~ a day) a tire will last me around 6-8 months. The key is to not try to impress people with your sweet skids and backpedal more.
Pretty much... when I was riding around my hilly area brakeless I went through a everwear in that time. I run a brake now and life hasn't ever been so good.

If you ride less, that everwear is gonna be on your rear wheel for quite sometime.
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Old 06-01-13, 01:42 AM
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Originally Posted by CyclingDaily View Post
My tires(Vittoria Randonneur, Continental gatorskin) usually lasted about a month-month half, but that's daily riding with a area with heavy traffic, and one steep hill.
You're doing something wrong.

Also, make sure if you are running brakeless to run an odd toothed cog since it greatly increases your skid patches which increases the longevity of a tire big time.
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Depends on the tire. I've had some that I ditched after a month, others that lasted a year or more.
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That's when I was seriously into fixed gears. I was riding 30 miles+ almost everyday.
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
Depends on the tire. I've had some that I ditched after a month, others that lasted a year or more.
Mostly saying if you are burning through a randonneur in a month, it's not the tires fault.
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Originally Posted by Huffandstuff View Post
Mostly saying if you are burning through a randonneur in a month, it's not the tires fault.
True. I was basically just responding to the thread title without reading any of the posts because I was certain that they'd be a waste of time.
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After a certain point, it burns away really quickly
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
True. I was basically just responding to the thread title without reading any of the posts because I was certain that they'd be a waste of time.
Rude, read mines at least.
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About a month and a half to three months. Oh wait, time doesn't mean anything when talking component life.

Generally I get anywhere from 1500-2500 miles from a tire before the cords start showing. This is only for the rear, I don't think I've ever worn out a front tire. I ride a lot of hills, don't skid and use decent tires.
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Originally Posted by uRabbit View Post
Obviously, if you're riding a fixie, chances are you're using the foot brake a lot, or exclusively.
wat

I ride brakeless and have rear tires that are literally years old - mainly because I know how to ride a fixed gear bike without skidding around like a doofus.

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Old 06-01-13, 11:46 AM
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At least he went out recumbently.
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Forgot to mention but it really helps to have a gear ratio and learning how to skid ambidextrously (being able to skid with either leg forward) to maximize skid patches.

AND... that you don't have to skid everytime you want to slow down or stop. Try hop skidding (if you're unsure what this is watch a FSFG video, it's what riders do before attempting a trick) and back pedaling to moderate speeds.
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Old 06-01-13, 12:50 PM
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My rear tire (schwalbe Durano) is at a year and a half, and has plenty of life left. I've ridden brakeless the entire life of them, and I'm pretty sure I've only done one skid, and that was to avoid an accident. Just back-pedal and you'll be fine.
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Originally Posted by Spoonrobot View Post
Oh wait, time doesn't mean anything when talking component life.
qft.
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