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What is the average life span of road tires?

posted Jan 24, 2011, 8:21 AM by Michael Gardner
This is hard to answer because of the varying factors, such as: the weight of the rider, average tire pressure, the amount of hill climbing you do, and the condition of the roads you most often ride on.
Taking all that into consideration, the average life-span of road tires is about 1,500 miles.  You should Inspect your tires for wear before every ride.  The more miles you have on the tires, the more rubber that is worn off, and the flatter the surface of the tire where it touches the road.  Less rubber means the tire has less to protect the inner tube against punctures.  Flatter tires also have lower cornering ability and more rolling resistance.