replacing tires?



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Tony

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In June I bought my first ever road bike. I am not sure when I should
replace the tires. How will I know when it is time? I have heard you are
supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace them
at exactly 312 miles. Are bicycle tires the same way? How many miles
should I get out of them? Is it the same for both front and back? Thanks
for your help.

74 days until my first Tri in Mexico. It is going to be a blast!

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Best,

Tony
 
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Rookie

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Tony wrote:
> In June I bought my first ever road bike. I am not sure when I should
> replace the tires. How will I know when it is time? I have heard you are
> supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace them
> at exactly 312 miles. Are bicycle tires the same way? How many miles
> should I get out of them? Is it the same for both front and back? Thanks
> for your help.
>
> 74 days until my first Tri in Mexico. It is going to be a blast!
>
> --

Depends on the tire - most of the time I'm on some quite chunky
training tires (Specialised Armadillos) and I only put on my race tires
(Michelin Pro Race or Ironman) a few days before a race to give me a
boost.

The training tires last me 1000s of miles - have currently done ~2000
miles on them and they've plenty of life left. The race tires I
normally change once a year and I only tend to do 3 or 4 races plus a
few training and warmups rides on them so certainly less than 500
miles. They could probably do more but I don't want to risk flatting
in a race (never have yet, touch wood).

Couldn't say how long yours will last - the pair on the last bike I
bought were some cheap Bontrager jobs that gave me 2 punctures in the
first 100 miles before I binned them. Don't know how many training
miles you're doing but if you haven't punctured in the next 74 days
then I'd take a close look at them before your first race. If they're
quite worn or cut up - e.g. lacerations that haven't gone all the way
through, maybe shards of glass embedded in the rubber, etc - then I'd
put some new tires on for the race. Back tire will wear out quicker.

You also need to decide on race day how likely you are to puncture and
how critical it is - am guessing you really want to finish your first
race so I'd at least carry a pump, some levers and a spare tube.
Amazing how things seem to go wrong on race day!
 
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wyrosdick

Guest
"Amazing how things seem to go wrong on race day! "

Amen to that I blew 2 tires in my first race. The first time I had
ever had a flat.
 
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Alex Petkus

Guest
I tend to replace my tires about every 3000 miles, I would say if you
start get more than one flat pretty close together and you have a
significant # of miles on the tires it might be time to change.

As for having "racing" tires, be wary, make sure you put a few miles on
them a day or two before the race unless you have a whole racing
wheelset, I put my tires on the night before the race one time and got a
stupid pinch flat 2 miles into the race.
 
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John Hardt

Guest
"Tony" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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> In June I bought my first ever road bike. I am not sure when I should
> replace the tires. How will I know when it is time? I have heard you are
> supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace
> them at exactly 312 miles. Are bicycle tires the same way? How many
> miles should I get out of them? Is it the same for both front and back?
> Thanks for your help.
>
> 74 days until my first Tri in Mexico. It is going to be a blast!
>


Maybe I'm nuts or paranoid but I ussually put a new set on once a year.
Typically, I replace them near the end of the season a couple of weeks
before my "A" race (which is usually a half IM, once a full) and then train
and race on those tires the whole following spring and summer.

Overkill? Maybe, but I've never had a flat.

John

(knocking on wood)
 
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Rookie

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John Hardt wrote:
> "Tony" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
> > In June I bought my first ever road bike. I am not sure when I should
> > replace the tires. How will I know when it is time? I have heard you are
> > supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace
> > them at exactly 312 miles. Are bicycle tires the same way? How many
> > miles should I get out of them? Is it the same for both front and back?
> > Thanks for your help.
> >
> > 74 days until my first Tri in Mexico. It is going to be a blast!
> >

>
> Maybe I'm nuts or paranoid but I ussually put a new set on once a year.
> Typically, I replace them near the end of the season a couple of weeks
> before my "A" race (which is usually a half IM, once a full) and then train
> and race on those tires the whole following spring and summer.
>
> Overkill? Maybe, but I've never had a flat.
>
> John
>
> (knocking on wood)


Whether it's overkill or not depends how many miles you do in a year of
course...
 
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John Hardt

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"Rookie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>
> John Hardt wrote:
>> "Tony" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>> news:[email protected]
>> > In June I bought my first ever road bike. I am not sure when I should
>> > replace the tires. How will I know when it is time? I have heard you
>> > are
>> > supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace
>> > them at exactly 312 miles. Are bicycle tires the same way? How many
>> > miles should I get out of them? Is it the same for both front and
>> > back?
>> > Thanks for your help.
>> >
>> > 74 days until my first Tri in Mexico. It is going to be a blast!
>> >

>>
>> Maybe I'm nuts or paranoid but I ussually put a new set on once a year.
>> Typically, I replace them near the end of the season a couple of weeks
>> before my "A" race (which is usually a half IM, once a full) and then
>> train
>> and race on those tires the whole following spring and summer.
>>
>> Overkill? Maybe, but I've never had a flat.
>>
>> John
>>
>> (knocking on wood)

>
> Whether it's overkill or not depends how many miles you do in a year of
> course...


Usually somewhere between about 1200 and 2000.
 
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Alex Petkus

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John Hardt wrote:
> "Rookie" <[email protected]> wrote in message
> news:[email protected]
>
>>John Hardt wrote:
>>
>>>"Tony" <[email protected]> wrote in message
>>>news:[email protected]
>>>
>>>>In June I bought my first ever road bike. I am not sure when I should
>>>>replace the tires. How will I know when it is time? I have heard you
>>>>are
>>>>supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace
>>>>them at exactly 312 miles. Are bicycle tires the same way? How many
>>>>miles should I get out of them? Is it the same for both front and
>>>>back?
>>>>Thanks for your help.
>>>>
>>>>74 days until my first Tri in Mexico. It is going to be a blast!
>>>>
>>>
>>>Maybe I'm nuts or paranoid but I ussually put a new set on once a year.
>>>Typically, I replace them near the end of the season a couple of weeks
>>>before my "A" race (which is usually a half IM, once a full) and then
>>>train
>>>and race on those tires the whole following spring and summer.
>>>
>>>Overkill? Maybe, but I've never had a flat.
>>>
>>>John
>>>
>>>(knocking on wood)

>>
>>Whether it's overkill or not depends how many miles you do in a year of
>>course...

>
>
> Usually somewhere between about 1200 and 2000.
>
>

It also depends on what kind of tires they are. If you ride a more race
oriented tire, they are typically thinner and wear faster I change those
every 1500 miles or so, if you train on something like a kevlar
re-inforced tire like I do, I have a pair of specialized armadillos that
have 8000 miles on them and never have gotten a flat and they are still
pretty rounded
 
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Harold Buck

Guest
In article <[email protected]>,
"Tony" <[email protected]> wrote:

> I have heard you are
> supposed to record every mile you put on your running shoes and replace them
> at exactly 312 miles.



This is ridiculous. I've heard 250-500 miles for running shoes, but to
say that it has to be exaclty at 312, and if you run one more mile on
them your legs will fall apart, is nonsense.

--Harold Buck


"Hubris always wins in the end. The Greeks taught us that."

-Homer J. Simpson