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  • Tire Wear

    Listers:

    I've been riding my Schwinn 24" for about six weeks now and have noticed that
    the tire is wearing much more quickly at the portions closest to the pedals (TDC
    and BDC). Is this normal or due to poor riding technique? If the latter, how do
    I correct it?

    Also, do any of you "rotate" your tire so that different parts are exposed to
    the heaviest wear?

    Any advice is appreciated.

    John

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    Re: Tire Wear

    John Taylor wrote:
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> I've been riding my Schwinn 24" for about six weeks now and have noticed that[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> the tire is wearing much more quickly at the portions closest to the pedals[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> (TDC and BDC). Is this normal or due to poor riding technique? If the latter,[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> how do I correct it?[/color]

    It's normal for the tyre to wear at the two points you mention - but it can be
    exacerbated by poor riding technique. If you're "swinging" the unicycle around
    corners rather than leaning into them, you'll be scraping the tyre each time.

    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Also, do any of you "rotate" your tire so that different parts are exposed to[/color]
    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> the heaviest wear?[/color]

    It's always a good move to rotate the tyre 90 degrees *before* you lose all of
    the tread on the bad patches.

    [color={usenetquotecolor}]> Any advice is appreciated.[/color]

    Hope that helps.

    Regards, Mark.

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      Re: Tire Wear

      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>that the tire is wearing much more quickly at the portions closest to the[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>pedals (TDC and BDC). Is this normal or due to poor riding technique? If the[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>latter, how do I correct it?[/color]

      This is mostly due to idling and mounting where one foot is downwards for a
      longer time than in normal riding, hence the tire wear near the pedals. It may
      also have a bit to do with your turning technique (if you do pirrouettes then it
      will wear your tyre a lot too).

      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>Also, do any of you "rotate" your tire so that different parts are exposed to[/color]
      [color={usenetquotecolor}]>the heaviest wear?[/color]

      Yes.

      Wayne van Wijk

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