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finally wore a tire down to the threads!
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posted 9/28/2014
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After 4,815 miles as a rear tire, I finally wore a Hutchinson Carbon Comp 25-622 tire down to the casing threads in three different spots on the tire. Presumably it happened sooner than that, but I only just noticed it this morning as I was pumping the tire up for a ride.

I've never had a flat out on the road with this tire that I can remember and it always rode pretty comfortably despite being more of a fat 23mm tire than a real 25mm.

I've retired other tires due to deep tread cuts/lost chunks of tread or being worn to the puncture protection layer, but never to the casing.

Goodbye to a faithful tire...


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posted 9/28/2014
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Sweet! I got really close with my Kenda Kwicks, but decided to hang them up on the eve of a hilly century ride.

Picture here:

http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e26/sstulken80/Bianchi/kk5600_800.jpg

Guess I'll have to wait another 3-5000 miles to brag about a worn-out tire.

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posted 9/28/2014
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Easy to do on the front tires of a trike. In fact, I had to boot a tire the other day when the tube started to bulge out through the casing. I thought I had picked up a wad of gum when it started to bump along, so, fortunately, I stopped to see what it was! I have the opposite problem on my Musashi. The Conti 4-Season (28-622) I put on when I got it still has plenty of rubber on the tread after more than 9,000 miles in two years. It's starting to show some weathering, so I may have to replace it before it wears out.

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posted 9/28/2014
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The Conti 4-Season (28-622) I put on when I got it still has plenty of rubber on the tread after more than 9,000 miles in two years.
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-- posted by rmillay
Is that on the front? I get about 3 times the life on the front versus the rear. My GP4000S tires get about 10,000 if used only on the front and about 3000-3500 when used soley on the rear.

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The Conti 4-Season (28-622) I put on when I got it still has plenty of rubber on the tread after more than 9,000 miles in two years.
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-- posted by rmillay
Is that on the front? I get about 3 times the life on the front versus the rear. My GP4000S tires get about 10,000 if used only on the front and about 3000-3500 when used soley on the rear.
-- posted by tojesky


If it's on a Musashi, that would be the rear tire since it's a recumbent with a 451mm (I think?) wheel up front.

IIRC, the Musashi might have a more front-biased weight distribution than a conventional/upright bike so that could leave its rear tire more miles before it's worn down.


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posted 9/29/2014
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Yeah I subscribe to the Shelton Brown school of tire replacement. Basically cords showing through, bulges, or too many flats. Or you just get bored looking at a tire.

With my tubeless road tires I get so few flats that I am mostly just looking for cords to show through the tire or a big gash that makes me nervous.

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The Conti 4-Season (28-622) I put on when I got it still has plenty of rubber on the tread after more than 9,000 miles in two years.
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-- posted by rmillay
Is that on the front? I get about 3 times the life on the front versus the rear. My GP4000S tires get about 10,000 if used only on the front and about 3000-3500 when used soley on the rear.
-- posted by tojesky


If it's on a Musashi, that would be the rear tire since it's a recumbent with a 451mm (I think?) wheel up front.

IIRC, the Musashi might have a more front-biased weight distribution than a conventional/upright bike so that could leave its rear tire more miles before it's worn down.


-- posted by vkan
I have a friend with a dual 700 Musashi that he converted.

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posted 9/29/2014
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I wouldn't give up the comfort or road vision for a 700 front. Come to think of it, the 28-451 Durano on the front was replaced not long ago. I wore it down to the belt in one place, and it started to come loose. I just figured the wider tires wore more slowly.

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posted 9/29/2014
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I just put my former front tire on my rear. As it stands I've got about 7800 miles give or take on it now. I used to just replace rears and fronts in pairs, but have wised up and now put news tires on the front and swap the older tire to the rear to squeeze as many miles from them as possible

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I just put my former front tire on my rear. As it stands I've got about 7800 miles give or take on it now. I used to just replace rears and fronts in pairs, but have wised up and now put news tires on the front and swap the older tire to the rear to squeeze as many miles from them as possible
-- posted by christsoldier98
And I believe that is safer as well. It is hard to steer with carbon or metal on the pavement.

{corrected metal, Thanks Gnu }
post edited on 10/3/2014 at 6:33:49 AM

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posted 10/2/2014
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I've put mental on the pavement a time or two, but steering was at that point a moot concern.
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