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How long should tyres last?

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by walker, 26 Aug 2007.

  1. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I've done around 2000-3000 miles on my current rubber, how long should they last before I should considering replacing them?
  2. longers

    longers Veteran

    I replace mine when the I start getting more p*nct*r*s than has been normal or if there are really obvious signs of wear and tear and damage. Wear and tear I can live with, but not visits from the fairy.;)

    2000/3000 miles doesn't sound too bad at all, what tyres are they?
  3. Smokin Joe

    Smokin Joe Legendary Member

    Tyres should be replaced when you fancy a change of colour, generally every six months.
  4. goo_mason

    goo_mason Champion barbed-wire hurdler

    Leith, Edinburgh
    I had to replace the Continental Travel Contacts I put on my bike after about 5 months as they started puncturing once or twice a week, and any puncture hole became a split within a day or two. Totally useless for daily commuting.

    I bought a set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus tyres and have never looked back. Looks like they'll be lasting me for years. I can ride through glass on the path with impunity, and I've lost the constant terror of having a flat every other day which was ruining the fun of cycling.
  5. Steve Austin

    Steve Austin The Marmalade Kid

    couple of thousand road miles sounds good.

    Some MTB tyres last a couple of hundred ;)
  6. beanzontoast

    beanzontoast Veteran

    South of The Peaks
    As has been said, first puncture tends to make me take a closer than usual look around both tyres.

    A lot can depend on the condition of the road surface too. My tyres used to get wrecked in no time until I changed my commuting route to avoid the worst the roads had to offer.
  7. andrew_s

    andrew_s Veteran

    I'd normally expect about 3000 on the rear, double that on the front (Conti Gatorskins)

    The club record is 42,000 miles from a pair (and they died from sidewall damage, not tread wear)
  8. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Roadie tyres are usually the ones with least miles in them, I wash mine after most rides and then look for cuts etc. If the cut is deep then I change but if not then a bit more. The rubber getting thin is easy to see and that for me is change time whether I'm getting punctures or not. The tyres on my MTB commuter have done 4000 miles and so far no signs of being worn out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  9. OP

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent

    a set of michelin Krylion Carbon's.

    They have been great but has been experiencing a few puntures recently. Ok sum were my fault and adding to much pressure and combining that with heated rims on fast down hill decents.
  10. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Rubbers should be disposed of after a single use. They're designed that way.
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Only in America!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. mosschops2

    mosschops2 New Member

    Do you mean grey/brown, back to black and white with a silver stripe??

    That's the colour change I'd be expecting anyway!!
  13. Maz

    Maz Guru

    You gross me out, man.
  14. TimO

    TimO Veteran

    Like others have said, probably a few thousand miles on the back, maybe double on the front. That's for my Brompton Schwalbe Marathons, which being 16" tyres will wear out faster than larger tyres.

    With any tyre when I start getting multiple punctures (ie more than one every 3 to 4 months) I'll look at the tyre, and often there will be gashes in the tyre. These tend to pick up small bits of glass which eventually puncture the inner tube. When repairing a puncture I'll typically find 3 or 4 other bits of glass in the tyre. Only very rarely do I get a puncture from a bona fide big sharp 'orrible object, most are just the little tiny bits of glass which gradually work there way in. When the tyre gets like that, that's when and why I bin it.
  15. OP

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    ok good advise there, best being when you fancy a change of colour. Although I will stick to yellow for now.