Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Road Cycling
Reload this Page >

Do you replace your rear tire because it starts to square off?

Notices
Road Cycling ďIt is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.Ē -- Ernest Hemingway

Do you replace your rear tire because it starts to square off?

Old 03-05-21, 02:37 PM
  #1  
Lrdchaos
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 13 Posts
Do you replace your rear tire because it starts to square off?

I have a set of gp5000s with roughly 2800 miles on them. The rear tire has pretty much square off and has a flatter spot in the middle of the entire tire. There are no rips, tears or punctures. I was hoping to make past winter, but is it worth replacing now?
Lrdchaos is offline  
Likes For Lrdchaos:
Old 03-05-21, 02:38 PM
  #2  
ridelikeaturtle
Senior Member
 
ridelikeaturtle's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Posts: 1,180

Bikes: Bianchi Ti Megatube; Colnago Competition; Planet-X EC-130E; Klein Pulse; Amp Research B4; Litespeed Catalyst; Fondriest Squadra Corse; Trek Y11

Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 551 Post(s)
Liked 367 Times in 217 Posts
Yes.
ridelikeaturtle is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 02:46 PM
  #3  
WhyFi
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 35,546

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 346 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17419 Post(s)
Liked 6,143 Times in 3,166 Posts
Ride 'em to the cords.
WhyFi is online now  
Old 03-05-21, 03:05 PM
  #4  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 8,314

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91, '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3278 Post(s)
Liked 1,869 Times in 1,327 Posts
I've always ridden tires till the cords are wearing through or they get a puncture or cut that bulges too much when inflated to normal pressure.

There are a few times I changed one early because I had a big important ride coming up.

2800 miles is nothing for my GP5000's. I'm expecting to have to change them when they have 6000 or more on them.
Iride01 is offline  
Likes For Iride01:
Old 03-05-21, 03:14 PM
  #5  
keithdunlop
Senior Member
 
keithdunlop's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: San Luis Obispo, CA
Posts: 133

Bikes: 1988 Bottecchia Professional (for Eroica), 2011 Ridley Noah ISP (main road bike), 2020 Soma Fog Cutter (gravel and daily commuter), 2021 Ibis Ripmo AF MTB build in progress

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 55 Post(s)
Liked 33 Times in 19 Posts
Originally Posted by Lrdchaos View Post
I have a set of gp5000s with roughly 2800 miles on them. The rear tire has pretty much square off and has a flatter spot in the middle of the entire tire. There are no rips, tears or punctures. I was hoping to make past winter, but is it worth replacing now?
That's always when I replace tires - I usually get around 2,000 miles on the GP5000s.
keithdunlop is offline  
Likes For keithdunlop:
Old 03-05-21, 03:20 PM
  #6  
colnago62
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2014
Posts: 2,421
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 735 Post(s)
Liked 404 Times in 225 Posts
Originally Posted by Lrdchaos View Post
I have a set of gp5000s with roughly 2800 miles on them. The rear tire has pretty much square off and has a flatter spot in the middle of the entire tire. There are no rips, tears or punctures. I was hoping to make past winter, but is it worth replacing now?
It wont hurt to keep riding the tire. I usually replace them if I start getting punctures.
colnago62 is offline  
Likes For colnago62:
Old 03-05-21, 03:21 PM
  #7  
datlas 
Beyond Bogus
 
datlas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Malvern, PA (20 miles West of Philly)
Posts: 35,808

Bikes: 1986 Alpine (steel road bike), 2009 Ti Habenero, 2013 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 502 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15576 Post(s)
Liked 3,528 Times in 1,763 Posts
No. What about the wear indicators?? The little dimples. If they are worn it's time to think about replacement.
__________________
Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Addiction is all about class.
datlas is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 03:25 PM
  #8  
base2 
Random Internet Person.
 
base2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: Pacific Northwest
Posts: 1,676

Bikes: 5 good ones, and the occasional project.

Mentioned: 16 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 859 Post(s)
Liked 454 Times in 280 Posts
Now would be a good time to swap it to the front.
__________________
My lights are obscenly bright because drivers are dim.

I shouldn't have to "make myself more visible;" Drivers should just stop running people over.
base2 is offline  
Likes For base2:
Old 03-05-21, 03:28 PM
  #9  
Litespud
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Chapel Hill NC
Posts: 1,413

Bikes: 2000 Litespeed Vortex Chorus 10, 1995 DeBernardi Cromor S/S, Nashbar 3sp commuter

Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 535 Post(s)
Liked 586 Times in 324 Posts
Originally Posted by Lrdchaos View Post
I have a set of gp5000s with roughly 2800 miles on them. The rear tire has pretty much square off and has a flatter spot in the middle of the entire tire. There are no rips, tears or punctures. I was hoping to make past winter, but is it worth replacing now?
I run Rubino Pros until threads start to show - 3000-3500 on a rear tire
Litespud is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 03:35 PM
  #10  
Lrdchaos
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 13 Posts




Iíve checked them
over. I have a couple rides this weekend that should equal 110 miles. Iíll swap them after. Iíll carry 3 tubes...just in case! Thanks
Lrdchaos is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 03:36 PM
  #11  
blacknbluebikes 
Senior Member
 
blacknbluebikes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: NJ, USA
Posts: 739

Bikes: two blacks, a blue and a white.

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 218 Post(s)
Liked 337 Times in 165 Posts
datlas hit it, there are wear indicators on the tire.
blacknbluebikes is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 03:39 PM
  #12  
WhyFi
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 35,546

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 346 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17419 Post(s)
Liked 6,143 Times in 3,166 Posts
Man, that tire's got a lot of miles left it in. Send it to datlas if you take it off after the weekend.
WhyFi is online now  
Likes For WhyFi:
Old 03-05-21, 03:40 PM
  #13  
Lrdchaos
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 13 Posts
Originally Posted by blacknbluebikes View Post
datlas hit it, there are wear indicators on the tire.
Theyíre still there! That makes the decision easy.
Lrdchaos is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 03:44 PM
  #14  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 8,314

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91, '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3278 Post(s)
Liked 1,869 Times in 1,327 Posts
Everyone does what makes them comfortable. As long as you are the only one that rides your bike, you should too.

If you enjoy replacing tires, do it as often as you want.
Iride01 is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 03:45 PM
  #15  
caloso
Senior Member
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Posts: 40,328

Bikes: Specialized Tarmac, Canyon Exceed, Specialized Transition, Ellsworth Roots, Ridley Excalibur

Mentioned: 66 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2723 Post(s)
Liked 2,442 Times in 1,130 Posts
Shoot, those tires are just getting broken in.
caloso is offline  
Likes For caloso:
Old 03-05-21, 03:57 PM
  #16  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 5,836
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1734 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 803 Times in 497 Posts
woodcraft is online now  
Likes For woodcraft:
Old 03-05-21, 04:01 PM
  #17  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 8,314

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91, '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3278 Post(s)
Liked 1,869 Times in 1,327 Posts
Originally Posted by woodcraft View Post
One more ride at least! <grin> Or did it flat and you have to mess with it anyway?
Iride01 is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 04:06 PM
  #18  
woodcraft
Senior Member
 
woodcraft's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Nor Cal
Posts: 5,836
Mentioned: 15 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1734 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 803 Times in 497 Posts
Originally Posted by Iride01 View Post
One more ride at least! <grin> Or did it flat and you have to mess with it anyway?

No, I quit while I was ahead.
woodcraft is online now  
Old 03-05-21, 04:20 PM
  #19  
WhyFi
Senior Member
 
WhyFi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: TC, MN
Posts: 35,546

Bikes: R3 Disc, Haanjo

Mentioned: 346 Post(s)
Tagged: 1 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17419 Post(s)
Liked 6,143 Times in 3,166 Posts
We need a "Show me your cords!" thread -

WhyFi is online now  
Old 03-05-21, 04:30 PM
  #20  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 8,314

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91, '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 34 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3278 Post(s)
Liked 1,869 Times in 1,327 Posts
Originally Posted by WhyFi View Post
We need a "Show me your cords!" thread -
Damn, I just finally threw out all the old useless worn out tires I've been saving for well over 10 years. It'll take me at least 3K to 4K more miles to be able to participate. So maybe by late summer since I run my mouth fingers more than I ride my bike. <grin>
Iride01 is offline  
Likes For Iride01:
Old 03-05-21, 04:34 PM
  #21  
datlas 
Beyond Bogus
 
datlas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Malvern, PA (20 miles West of Philly)
Posts: 35,808

Bikes: 1986 Alpine (steel road bike), 2009 Ti Habenero, 2013 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 502 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15576 Post(s)
Liked 3,528 Times in 1,763 Posts
Originally Posted by Lrdchaos View Post
Theyíre still there! That makes the decision easy.
Yeah, I think thatís the answer. I am surprised no one else mentioned it earlier.
__________________
Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Addiction is all about class.
datlas is offline  
Likes For datlas:
Old 03-05-21, 05:20 PM
  #22  
sfrider 
Asleep at the bars
 
sfrider's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
Posts: 1,700
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 214 Post(s)
Liked 181 Times in 117 Posts
Originally Posted by Lrdchaos View Post
That doesn't look remotely worn.

It does look way off center though... wheel dish?
__________________
"This 7:48 cycling session burned 5933 calories. Speed up recovery by replacing them with a healthy snack." - Whoop

sfrider is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 05:22 PM
  #23  
Lrdchaos
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 196
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 83 Post(s)
Liked 18 Times in 13 Posts
Originally Posted by sfrider View Post
That doesn't look remotely worn.

It does look way off center though... wheel dish?

angle of the picture, itís true.
Lrdchaos is offline  
Old 03-05-21, 05:45 PM
  #24  
Dean V
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 2,793
Mentioned: 3 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1032 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 219 Times in 130 Posts
Originally Posted by base2 View Post
Now would be a good time to swap it to the front.
Squared off tyres on the front do not handle very well.
Also more likely to puncture which is less desirable on the front.
Dean V is offline  
Likes For Dean V:
Old 03-05-21, 05:49 PM
  #25  
datlas 
Beyond Bogus
 
datlas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Malvern, PA (20 miles West of Philly)
Posts: 35,808

Bikes: 1986 Alpine (steel road bike), 2009 Ti Habenero, 2013 Specialized Roubaix

Mentioned: 502 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15576 Post(s)
Liked 3,528 Times in 1,763 Posts
Originally Posted by Dean V View Post
Squared off tyres on the front do not handle very well.
Also more likely to puncture which is less desirable on the front.
Correct. New tire goes on front. Move front to rear.
__________________
Originally Posted by rjones28 View Post
Addiction is all about class.
datlas is offline  
Likes For datlas:

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.