If you are new to biking, you may be wondering how long your bike tires will last and in this article, we are going to help you get a better understanding of just how long this is.
Obviously, the quality of your tires will play a huge part in determining this and you will also need to take into consideration factors such as the state of the tires themselves based on several factors we will look at in this post.
In short, you can expect your bike tires to last anywhere between 1,000 to 3,000 miles based on several factors such as quality, wear and tear, damage as well as age of the tire.
That’s how much mileage you can expect from medium to high-quality tires on your bicycle. In order to get the most out of your tires, you will need to take several factors into consideration which we will now look into.
Factors that influence Bicycle Tire Longevity
Overall Tire Quality
Making sure that you get the best quality tires is a huge factor in ensuring that you get the most mileage out of them. The great thing is that tires are the most inexpensive things to replace on your bike.
That means that you will not have to fork out a great deal for quality tires that will go the distance. It’s more cost-effective in the long term to get quality tires that will experience less wear and will withstand harsh conditions a lot better.
Right Tires for the Right Job
Making sure that you put on the right tires for the right conditions is key. If you install a performance-grade road bike tire meant for smooth surfaces on a bike that is ridden on rough roads, you cannot expect them to last long.
They are not designed for those conditions and will get damaged very easily in these conditions. You cannot expect them to last long. Make sure to get the tires most suited to how you use your bike.
How to Know When to Change Your Tires
Even though you can expect a minimum of 1000 miles from your tires, they may not last that long based on other factors. To this end, you always need to make sure to inspect them on a regular basis. Here are a few things to keep an eye on.
Tread Wear Indicator
Some top-of-the-range tires have tread wear indicators that help you keep track of the wear of the tire treads. They are marks on your tire that show you when to replace them. When the tires wear away to the level of the wear indicators, it means they need to be replaced.
Marks and Cuts on the Tire
If you see any marks or cuts on the tires, they may pose a serious risk and need to be attended to. If the tire is relatively new and the cuts or marks aren’t that deep, you may get away with it but it’s always better to err on the side of caution. These could succumb to pressure from within the inner tube and lead to the tire blowing. This poses a high risk when moving at high speeds.
When Tread is Squared Off
The shape of the tyre along its width should be rounded when fully inflated. As the tread wears away, the tire will flatten. When you see this, you need to change the tires because you may risk exposing the inner tube. You are also at greater risk of punctures because the protective layer between the tire and tube is significantly thinner.
Flat Spots on Specific Parts of The Tire
When you brake hard leading to the wheels locking, you can wear away certain portions on the tire more than others. The rest of the tire may seem fine with good treads but you will have one or more parts of the tire thinner than the rest.
You need to inspect your tire on a regular basis in order to avoid the risk of puncturing your tires.
Old Rubber Degrades and Cracks
If you have old tires on your bike, there is also the risk of the rubber on them degrading with time. They can become brittle and crack. It’s just a good policy to change out old tires even before there are any visible signs of wear.