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Offline awbikes

Tire wear
« on: July 06, 2012, 10:51:52 pm »
Just returned from a tour and was giving my bike a thorough tune up and noticed my rear tire wear looked to be about twice what the front was. The same was true for my wife's bike. We are running Continental Touring Plus tires. I understand the reason for faster wear to the rear, however I am wondering if anyone rotates tires to even it out. Is it worth the trouble? I'm thinking it would be. Comments suggestions...

Offline csykes

Re: Tire wear
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2012, 02:49:03 am »
Generally you want the better tire up front. Replace the rear when it wears out with the front tire and keep the new one up front.

Online staehpj1

Re: Tire wear
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2012, 09:11:58 am »
I just replace them individually as needed.  I never bothered swapping the front and rear.

Offline indyfabz

Re: Tire wear
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2012, 09:54:41 am »
Since my touring bike doubles as my commuter/get around town bike, I occasionally do rotate as long as there looks to be enough life left in the rear. Don't consider it trouble. I did once simply replace the rear during a four month tour since it was well worn but the front still had a lot of life left in it. Earlier in that trip I replaced both at the same time because they were both pretty shot.

Offline Pat Lamb

Re: Tire wear
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2012, 01:34:22 pm »
My tire "rotation" is just to move the front tire to the rear and put the new one on the front.  I'll develop dry rot in the front waiting for it to wear out. 

And no, I don't do this every time the rear wears out.  Just when I have time and am not feeling lazy, averaging every second rear replacement.

Offline awbikes

Re: Tire wear
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2012, 03:51:08 pm »
Thanks pdlamb I like your advice. Since I tend to enjoy messing with the bikes! I'll give your method a try.