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K'Tesh
08-29-2011, 06:57 PM
Cars do it... Does anybody here change their front for their rear tire on occasion?

wsbob
08-29-2011, 10:43 PM
I've done it a couple times. It can be a way to extend mileage if you consider that it's more important for the rear tire to be in optimum condition than the front tire. More weight is on the rear tire, as well as it being the drive tire, resulting in faster wear.

It's kind of a hassle though, especially considering that for people doing general purpose recreational riding, a reliable tire can be had for 10 bucks. I'm more inclined to run the back tire to a point considerably before the cords start showing...cords exposed is scary...then switch it for new. Maybe keep the old tire around just in case of emergency, like needing a tire all of a sudden, and the shop's closed.

Alan
08-29-2011, 10:59 PM
Sheldon Brown sez (http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-rotation.html) (in part):

The only time tire rotation is appropriate on a bicycle is when you are replacing the rear tire. If you feel like taking the trouble, and use the same type of tire front and rear, you should move the front tire to the rear wheel, and install the new tire in front.

The reason for this is that the front tire is much more critical for safety than the rear, so you should have the more reliable tire on the front.

*shrug* I don't rotate mine but I'm not a high-miler.

canuck
08-30-2011, 06:08 AM
For a road bike, rotate the front tire to the rear and put a new one on the front.

The rear tire gets more wear and tear and if you look at it compared to the front tire after the same mileage you'll see that the rear tire gets squared off more than the front. This can impact handling if it goes on the front wheel.

boneshaker
08-30-2011, 07:23 AM
Yea you want the best tread possible up front. Losing traction on the rear wheel can be scary, losing it up front can cause pain. Run 'em till they start getting flats and have that flat spot that is getting thing... getting some cuts. Get new ones and recycle the old. Tires are just not the spot to push stretching your money.

lynnef
08-30-2011, 08:38 AM
like everyone said - rotate the front tire to the rear, and retire the old rear tire. Of course, for me, it rarely works out quite that nicely, and I end up putting on two new tires.:)

Haven_kd7yct
08-30-2011, 08:51 AM
Yea you want the best tread possible up front. Losing traction on the rear wheel can be scary, losing it up front can cause pain. Run 'em till they start getting flats and have that flat spot that is getting thing... getting some cuts. Get new ones and recycle the old. Tires are just not the spot to push stretching your money.

Question-- where can one recycle old bike tires (not just tubes) around these parts? I've got a bad cut in a tire and have to toss it but I don't like just sticking it in the garbage can.

canuck
08-30-2011, 10:58 AM
http://www.bta4bikes.org/btablog/2006/06/27/recycling-bike-tires-in-portland/
The article is from 2006 and mentions a fee and bundling them in groups of 10.


http://bikeportland.org/2008/06/25/community-cycling-center-now-recycles-used-tires-8028

Alan
08-30-2011, 11:11 AM
http://bikeportland.org/2008/06/25/community-cycling-center-now-recycles-used-tires-8028

I just called Community Cycling Center (http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/) and Patrick tells me that yes, they still accept bike tires for recycling. They don't charge anything but it does cost them a small fee for it, so donations are appreciated.

Dovestrobe
08-30-2011, 01:54 PM
I just noted that my current rear tire is wearing more than my front. So I am switching out the front for the rear! Thanks for the reminder!