theVisionary asked in SportsCycling · 1 decade ago

How long do bike tires last?

Ok, so I got my bike a few years ago. It's one of these hybrid types.. like an atb. Front and back suspension (springs). Mid-range quality bike, not the crud, not the best either.

Anyways, I'm wondering how long bike tires last? I've been riding on the original tires (Camel) for the past three years, over 1800KM (yes that's accurate). They are 1.95" X 26".

I've noticed these lobes/bulges on my rear tire, not on the tread, but on the sides of the tire. I figure they are gonna burst soon.

I ride 10% on trails off road, 20% not on road, but not on trails (rough city terrain), 70% on road. I ride in the rain, and when it's hot/cold out.

I'm planning on getting a set of "Specialized" brand tires. How long do you figure these will last? Anyone know?

Is it reasonable that these tires will last 2000 KM?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    time to replace them.

    as long as you have good tread and no problems (such as bulges) you can keep riding on them as long as they'll go. I'm not sure of mileage as it all depends on the types of surfaces you're biking on and how you treat your bike while riding and while it's not being riden. I personally have to replace the rim alot more often than a tire and as I can usually get a deal on a whole tire/rim/tube set-up I couldn't say.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    if your tires are bulging on the sides near the rim, then that a cause from the tire not being properly seated in the rim. deflate the tire, and make sure the tire is inside the rim all the way around.

    look at the tread, it it looks really flat that you should get new tires. fyi, a dual suspension bike is not a hybrid, its a mountain bike. if it looks like the knobs are really warn, then replace. the center wears out faster because of the roundness of the tire, it contacts the ground almost constantly.

    the duration greatly depends on its use. i race XC off road during spring, summer, and fall and use 2 sets of tires in that time. i use another set in the winter. that about $250 in tires throughout the year. you can get some cheap $25 tires at a bike shop that should last a couple years of light riding though.

    if you ride more aggressive, invest more in your tires. more grip or longer lifespan, you choose, you cant have both. either will cost $30-$60.

  • 1 decade ago

    Sounds like they should be replaced. Even if the tread is still good, the bulges don't sound good. I ride a road bike about 9000-10000 miles per year. The back tire wears out faster than the front because of the weight distribution. I usually go through 4 or 5 back tires per year and 1 or 2 fronts. I know it's time to change when I start getting a lot of flats.

  • 4 years ago

    Because of the weight distribution, I go through 3 or 4 rear tires before I need to change the front. A good quality tire such as the Continental Gatorskin should last about 3000 miles or so. (But be prepared to pay a lot more for these tires than for something you would find at Wal-Mart or K-Mart.) I usually change it when I start getting an unusual number of flats. This summer, I think I went through 4 or 5 rear tires and I just changed the front for the first time this season about 2 weeks ago.

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  • Ben P
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    1 decade ago

    Tires usually last a couple of thousand miles (about 3600 km). The rubber compounds used vary with softer, grippier tires wearing out faster and harder compound tires wearing out longer. Bulges on the tire sidewalls may mean imminent failure (not always in my experience but better to err on the side of caution than be stranded miles from home). Specialized tires are above average quality for the type of bike you have (probably of much better quality than the Camels, which I've never heard off) so expect 2500-3000 km from them, if not more.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should definitely get new tires, especially if your sidewalls are bulging. The last thing you want to happen is for your tires to fail while you are riding your bike causing and accident and damage to your bike or yourself.

    Good bike tires should last you into the 3000km range. Specialized generally makes decent tires, but they have a wide range of qualities. Their cheapest tire would not last nearly as long as their pro line of tires.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    I've got a pair of specialized tires and they are awesome. the best sort of specialized tire for your usage would have to be the Crossroads or the Hemisphere and if you want to spend a bit more money for a better quality tire try the ones that have the name Armadillo after it they have a strip of Kevlar underneath the tread. this makes them allot more puncture proof and stronger too. by the sound of it you need new tires other wise the will probably blow up in the middle of no were

  • 1 decade ago

    SOUNDS LIKE YOU KEEP THE TIERS PUMPED UP PRETTY HARD ALL THE TIME...THEY WILL BULGE THE SIDEWALLS LIKE THAT....

    THE MORE "TRUE" (PERFECTLY STRAIGHT) THE RIM IS THE LONGER THE TREAD WILL WEAR, BUT TIRES CAN LAST FOR YEARS IF YOU DON'T CUT OR DESTROY THEM ON ROAD OR TRAIL DEBRIS - WHICH USUALLY HAPPENS BEFORE YOU WEAR A TIRE OUT

  • 1 decade ago

    I ride almost exclusively on dirt and my tires last about 700 miles (~1100km). They are still rideable, but don't grip nearly as well as new ones.

  • 1 decade ago

    it will last for 8 years exact well at least my bike did

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