- Feb 17, 2015
How often do you purchase and change your tires? Also, if you haven't ridden your bike in years is it safe to use the same tires, or should you change them anyways? What brands of tires do you recommend?
retrogrinch said:I've got a large stable of bike for the family. Tires get replaced whenever they are severely damaged, worn out, or the sidewalls begin to crack or show other signs of
Minor cuts/punctures don't necessarily mean a tire needs replacing. If there is bulging around the cut then definitely get a new tire. For emergency repairs I always have duct (duck) tape and nylon strapping tape in my repair kit. I've been on many rides where a tire had to be "booted" to keep going. Two layers of duct tape, with an "X" of the nylon strapping tape sandwiched inside the duct tape, makes for a very strong repair. I've also successfully booted tires with dollar bills and even pieces of cardboard from the side of the road. Desperate times, desperate measures...
Road tires can quickly go from appearing to have ample tread to showing cord. Once the cord starts showing one doesn't have many miles before the tube will blow out. DAMHIK!
My experience is that the Conti GP4000 is the best tire for me, and well worth the extra money they cost over the other brands due to their good performance, puncture protection and long wear. In my opinion, the reason Conti GP4000s sell well at a higher price is because a lot of us veteran riders have found them to be worth it. At the last road races I worked, a lot of the Masters Pro I/II field seemed to be using them.......a pretty good endorsement I'd say.Froze said:Unless the tires are cracked along the sidewalls the tires are fine to use, I have a set of original Fuji tires that came with the bike new in 84 and the tires are fine, just depends on how they were stored.
As far as brands go most major brands are good tires, I would find a closeout sale on a tires like Vittoria, Vredestein, and Michelin, These tires are routinely found for less than Continental or Specialized when they have closeouts and are equal or better then those two brands. Read the reviews of any tire your considering, the users are usually pretty accurate with their assessments, some you can tell are fakes when they say **** like I went 8,000 miles on a set, but most are for real.
I got just over 8000 kms from a front Michelin Megium. I think the back gave me about 6 000kms. We have coarse chip roads which are not easy on tyres. I weighed about 72kgs. I think they were just a hard compound though they handled well and didn't slide out in the wet either.ambal said:8,000 miles is a lot on a set of tires, it could be possible on a velodrome, nowhere else though. retards
dhk2 said:and well worth the extra money they cost over the other brands due to their good performance, puncture protection and long wear. In my opinion, the reason Conti GP4000s sell well at a higher price is because a lot of us veteran riders have found them to be worth it.
If a GP4000 goes 3600-4000 miles on the rear without any punctures, that's only a 1.25 cents per mile or so.....a lot cheaper than other cycling-related costs for me. Saving $10 on a cheaper tire just doesn't compute for me.
mpre53 said:Why does the front get a new tire? Because if you blow the rear, you can still kinda-sorta steer. Your front goes on a fast descent, it's butt-cheek pucker time.
"If" the tire stays on the wheel. If it slides aside and gets jammed somewhere... Hmmmlectraplayer said:Really, anything can cause a loss of balance/control at any time, but IME your chances are good if you lock up or otherwise have a failure on your rear. A failure of the front tire, and you're screwed everytime.