17 septembre 2013 ~ 0 Commentaire

How often should I change road bike tyres

How long a tire lasts depends on a number of factors, including what type of tires you ride, how much you weigh, the conditions you ride in, front vs rear tire, etc. In general, a good set of tires will last a couple thousand miles.

When the tire is totally worn out, you can usually see threads beneath the rubber in places. Alternatively, the tire may start to bulge in spots. In practice, road tires rarely get to this point. Much more commonly, they start accumulating a lot of cuts from glass and other debris in the road. When you start getting disproportionately many flats, it’s a good idea to replace the tire (you can use the tire longer, but you’ll probably waste more than a new tire’s cost in tubes) go kart parts and accessories.

Change them when they’re worn out — either cracking on the sidewalls (due to age, sun, and underinflation, possibly exacerbated by poor tire quality) or the rubber in the center is getting paper-thin and you start getting a lot more punctures. Simple lack of tread is no problem.

(And it should be noted that in the OP states his tires are « bald » in 500 miles — a very short distance. Unless he’d been like a kid laying rubber with the brakes, the tires in question likely have a center strip that is essentially tread-free to start with. This is a common design to minimize rolling resistance.)

The tires of the Marathon family usually last between 6000 and 12000 km. With the light Marathon Racer and Marathon Supreme, the performance is a little lower (approx. 5000 to 9000 km). The Marathon Plus is outstanding with its extremely high mileage of approx. 8000 to 15000 km.

No useful mileage data is possible for MTB tires because the influence of riding style is too dominant.

Our racing bike tires Durano and Ultremo last from 3000 to 7000 km.

 

Visit http://www.motopartscenter.com to read more similar articles.

That page also has some pictures showing tyre wear

I get about 2,500 miles from Continental Grand Prix 4000S, a high-end road tire. The rear tire always goes first. Then I rotate the front tire to the rear, and put a new tire on the front. I’ve never had to replace a front tire due to tread wear.

Some Continental tires also have wear indicators — two little dots in the tire — to let you know when the tread is gone. That’s where I get the 2,500-mile figure from; it takes me about that long to get to the point where the wear indicators are shot.

I commute about 200 km a week. My last set of tyres – Specialized armadillos – lasted exactly one year. There is still at least 6 months rubber left but the tread rubber has started to delaminate from the canvas. So they have lasted me 10,000 kms which the bike shop reckons I should be happy with.

I have managed more than twice that time (and distance) on a set of Michelin World tours.

Cheaper tyres (1/3 of the cost) normally only last me 2 months before they are completely worn out. They are a false economy.

Many cyclists waste money replacing perfectly functional tyres simply because they’re old, or may have discolored sidewalls. If you just want new tyres because the old ones look grotty, it’s your money, but if you are mainly concerned with safety/function, there are only two reasons for replacing old tyres:

When the tread is worn so thin that you start getting a lot of flats from small pieces of glass and the like, or the fabric shows through the rubber.

When the tyre’s fabric has been damaged, so that the tyre has a lumpy, irregular appearance somewhere, or the tube bulges through the tyre.

Cracks in the tread are harmless. Small punctures in the tyre such as are typically caused by nails, tacks, thorns or glass slivers are also harmless to the tyre, since the tyre doesn’t need to be air-tight.

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