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Thread: Tire Care

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    Tire Care

    Hi Guys,

    I cant recall as to seeing this anywhere. But I was wondering is there anything I can do do to my tires to keep the rubber soft, as in not allowing them to become dry and crack?

    Any tips would be great guys

    Thanks

    Jeremy

    Will washing them down in dish washing detergent do any harm?

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    keep them out of the sun when not riding. other than that, ride them until the tread is gone. if your tire dry-rot before you wear the tread off, that means you didn't ride enough!

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    Cheers mack_turtle,

    There is no harm washing my tires with dish washing soap or car shampoo right?, actually I dont know if I can use the car shampoo as it has those carnauba wax beads in it,lol

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    why would you want to wash your tires?
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    just hose them off
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    Sometimes when I get back from a ride there really dirty, I have to keep my bike in the basement so didn't know if washing them down would be okay with soap. Maybe I will just give them a pass with the hose.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoke2 View Post
    just hose them off
    Yep. Also, if storing your bike on a concrete floor, such as a backup as a basement or garage, make sure the tires aren't directly on the floor. Rest them on a rug or even a price of cardboard. This will keep them from drying out.

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    Simple Green will actually make them feel stickier! but plain old soap and water won't hurt them any

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    I would just rinse/wipe the dirt off, let them dry and store them in a cool dry dark place out of the UV, use a really mild soap if you do use soap. I used to run Hoosier slicks on my autocross car, those are amazing when in good shape (soft and sticky), but when they start to dry out you really notice it, especially in the wet. I would take them off the car and bag them when not in use, supposedly that keeps them soft longer. Like stated above, keeping your tires out of direct sunlight will probably have the most benefit, anything else will add small benefits. Just be glad bike tires are not as expensive as race car tires, the cheap sizes in Hoosier slicks are well over $200 ea, and they wear out more quickly than bike tires (at least once a year, and you have to have both dry and wet tires), -which is why I'm now in a street tire category!

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