How long do tyres last?

SkipdiverJohn

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London
Many people use old bikes with old cracked tyres esp as short range pub/shopper bikes. If you are going further or to work, you need tyres you can rely on.
That's precisely what I do, as my habit of buying only secondhand bikes or salvaging dumped ones means I have a pile of old secondhand tyres.
For local use within a range of 2-3 miles from home I will ride on any tyre that will hold air, no matter how scruffy. The worst case scenario is an annoying walk home.
On the bikes I do my longer rides on, I'm pretty fussy about tyres though. I use the excellent Schwalbe Marathon Greenguards or Delta Cruiser+, depending what is available on a good deal.
 

MntnMan62

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Location
Northern NJ
How long do they last you say? Well, until they go flat my good woman.
 

PaulSB

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I get through a set of GP5000 every 12 months, around 5000 miles. Last time I changed the LBS looked at me and said "You're having a laugh." - we're good friends!! :laugh:

When I ran Gatorskins I would get around 18 months.

It all depends on mileage. My only advice would be if your planning a long tour be sure the tyres are up to it. I once set off on a short three day tour. About 6.00pm on the first day the rear tyre went bang! Foolishly I hadn't noticed it was completely worn out. Not good. Personally I wouldn't risk 12 year old tyres
 

mjr

Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next
For local use within a range of 2-3 miles from home I will ride on any tyre that will hold air, no matter how scruffy. The worst case scenario is an annoying walk home.
No, the worst case is an explosive deflation as the tube pokes out of the tyre, at a crucial moment in a corner, causing a crash.

It's rare. I've seen it once in 40ish years riding. Never suffered it. I've even seen a couple of other tyres fail without much consequence besides the bike stopping.
 

PaulSB

Legendary Member
No, the worst case is an explosive deflation as the tube pokes out of the tyre, at a crucial moment in a corner, causing a crash.

It's rare. I've seen it once in 40ish years riding. Never suffered it. I've even seen a couple of other tyres fail without much consequence besides the bike stopping.
Interesting I hadn't thought of this aspect but only yesterday was thinking of a friend who crashed badly 5-6 years ago.

On a fast tricky descent he passed me at speed, too fast in my view but he was a very good rider. From round the approaching corner I heard a bang, on rounding the corner my friend is laying in the middle of the road, broken collate bone, bike a write off and he has rarely ridden since. Yes, he was riding at speed but demonstrates the importance of good tyres and the potential for serious consequences should any tyre fail regardless of age.
 
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MichaelW2

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Ive had one explosive failure, a thin sidewall failled after a lot of abuse from tyre levers. It hapoened on a quiet flat bike trail so ni harm dome except a walk out.
I'm always cautious of riding like a professional on a closed road, when I am an amatuer on the open road. Ive seen too many cars cut corners going uphill to push hard on a descent and hug the racing line.
 
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Mr Celine

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I'm with @mjr, Nimbus Armadillos are IMHO dangerous. I had a pair as original fitting on my Sirrus and both failed in the same way with the tread separating from the carcass. I don't think they lasted over 2000 miles. They also had a bone hard ride.
They were replaced with Gatorskins, which are just as puncture resistant, last five times as long and are far more comfortable.
 
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