when is it worth replacing your tire?

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I've been using Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp tyres this year and have only had one puncture so far, which is pretty good going. Both front and back have up to 20 little rips in them where I've had to deflate and remove little flints or shards of glass, but that doesn't seem to have affected them. I'll probably replace them at the end of this season.

Jerome Personnel Cheeses (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Friday, 6 August 2010 20:53 (ten years ago) link

how are they in the wet?

cozen, Friday, 6 August 2010 21:04 (ten years ago) link

i replaced the tire

and stopped eating all that poutine

the itsytitchyschneider (s1ocki), Friday, 6 August 2010 21:06 (ten years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Vredestein Update: Since I posted two weeks ago, a clubmate saw all the rips in my tyres and said I ought to replace them before I got a puncture. On Friday I was in the middle of nowhere doing a 54-mile ride in the New Forest in the rain when I got a puncture in my back tyre. Fortunately I managed to change the inner tube and carry on: I feared I wouldn't be able to get the last 10cm of tyre back over the rim (this has been a constant thumb-wrecking problem for me in the past), but this wasn't a problem - maybe the tyre gets more pliable after a lot of use?

Anyway, I decided enough was enough and bought myself another couple of tyres (Vredestein Fortezza Tricomp again) at a worrying cost of £72. I've just finished putting them on, at great cost to my thumbs. I've just checked my nerdy ride log spreadsheet and worked out that the last pair of tyres had only done 1,554 miles. Does that sound like a reasonable amount, or is that a bit on the low side?

Jerome Personnel Cheeses (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 22 August 2010 19:11 (nine years ago) link

My Ultremos don't seem to manage over about 2000 miles before getting too cut up to keep. But they're lightweight racing tyres that aren't meant for endurance. So it does sound a bit on the low side, but then you have no idea whether you got a puncture because the tyre was cut up (answer: probably not unless the holes are really big).

Mark C, Sunday, 22 August 2010 20:51 (nine years ago) link

2000 miles is a lot for ultremos!

cutty, Thursday, 26 August 2010 23:07 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, I just replaced the last one after 1600 miles - with a Stelvio Raceguard for, I hope a bit more protection and durability.

Mark C, Friday, 27 August 2010 11:20 (nine years ago) link

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