How Long Do Bike Tires Last?

Last Updated on November 24, 2020
written by Cycle expert Alex Bristol
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How Long Do bike tires last?

It is not easy to estimate the lifespan of bike tires. However, most bike tires have a lifespan of 1000-2000 miles but it depends with so many factors like material, terrain and how you use the bike. For puncture resistant tires, they may last up to 4000 miles. If you use the bike more often, you may need to buy new tires several times within a year.

 

When it does, you will need to replace it with a new one. Below are the major indicators that you need to replace the tires.

  • The sidewall get damaged to an extent that you can see the cords inside.
  • You may also see the cords that are usually located below the tread.
  • Again, the inner tube may protrude through the tire.
  • Frequent flats

 

What causes bike tires to wear?

Design –The materials that are used to construct the tire may also affect the durability. The most common materials used are soft, hard and hybrid rubber. Soft rubber provides better traction and grip. However, this material may not last long and the control will deteriorate as the tread wears. On the other hand, hard rubber provides less control but it lasts longer and it is more stable than the soft rubber. Hybrid tires features a soft rubber on the outer part and hard rubber which is located between the casing and the treads. As a result, they provide the best grip especially when cornering.

 

Under inflation – One of the major causes of tire wears is under inflating. Again, under inflating your tires will also lead to frequent flats. Always ensure that the tires are well inflated to avoid ruining the sidewalls. This may lead to a great risk of blow out.

 

Surface– When riding on tough areas like in rocky areas, the tires may not last since they are likely to get into contact with sharp stones. Also when riding on the road, debris, thorns and sharp objects will also affect the lifespan of the tires.

 

How to boost the durability of tires

The best way to ensure that your bike tires will last is by ensuring that you have purchased tire resistant tires. If possible, you can even add a tire liner between the tube and tire. This will strengthen the tire and will minimize chances of wears. Another thing is by purchasing quality tires that can work in all terrains. Always check the materials before buying to ensure that they are sturdy enough. If you will be using the bike in areas with lots of sharp objects and thorns, you need to look for thorn resistant tubes.

 

Conclusion

In most cases, the rear tire will wear faster than the front tire because of your weight. This means that you will need to replace it first. Some people would prefer exchanging it with the front tire. Even if this will save your money instead of buying a new tire, it will have some effect. Since the front wheel is usually responsible for steering, braking and traction, reusing a worn out tire may not be the best idea. Instead, you should replace it with a new tire if you really care about your safety. Bike tires are also affordable which means that you do not need to spend a lot of money..

 

Sources:

1. Tire pressure and you – Post Tech Tidbit

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