# More on bike tire life

If you Google “bicycle tire life,” chances are you’ll see this old post of mine up near the top of the page. This is vaguely embarrassing, as the point of the post was that I went into it not really knowing how much life to expect out of my tires. Now I can speak with a little more authority, at least for a certain tire brand.

I’m on my second set of Continental Contact tires. The first set, which is what I put on right after that post in June of 2008, lasted 4000 miles—about 1500 during the remainder of 2008 and all 2500 miles of last year. I thought that was pretty good, so I bought a new set at REI at the beginning of this season. I went with REI because I could order the tires online and pick them up at a local store.

A few weeks ago I had a flat on the ride into work, and decided—since I was going to be removing a tire anyway to change out the tube—to rotate the tires. Friends who don’t ride much laugh when they hear that I rotate my bike tires, but I definitely get more wear on my rear tires than front, so it only makes since to switch the tires to even that out.

1. Quick, what’s $1 - \frac{1}{2} - \frac{1}{3}$? Hint: the common denominator is 6. ↩︎