Preparing Your Tires for Storage
It is best to start by cleaning the bike tires of any grime, dirt, or gravel that is stuck in the tread. You may know that some manufacturers, such as Continental, recommend that you use a combination of soap, water, and a good tire brush to achieve this. On the other hand, some manufacturers, like Michelin, suggest that water alone is enough.
Regardless of what you use, you should carefully inspect your tires for excess cracking, wear, or other visible signs of damage while cleaning. After that, make sure that your bike tires are dry. It is worth noting that a popular method for storing bike tires involves wrapping each one in a secure airtight plastic bag, like a lawn or leaf bag. After that, close the bag tightly with tape.
This method is effective as it not only blocks harmful UV penetration but it can also help lower the evaporation of valuable waxes and oils that your tires need.
Suitable Places to Store Your Electric Bike Tires
You should know that most bike professionals and tire manufacturers recommend the same ideal storage conditions for bike tires. You should store bike tires in an area with low humidity and no light. The place should not be susceptible to extreme cold or heat.
So, if you’ve the available space, some suggestions are an indoor closet, drawer, cabinet, or even under your bed. While attics and garages are always good options for storage, depending on the overall climate in which you live, sometimes, these locations may subject your bike tires to potentially problematic or extreme temperatures. And if you have any vents or windows in these places, you may unwittingly expose your tires to UV rays.
However, don’t worry as there is another popular option. Depending on where you live, you can store your tires in your basement, which may solve the temperature fluctuation problem. If you are storing your tires in the basement, you should keep them away from various ozone-emitting devices, such as electric motors or generators, switches, furnaces, sump pumps, and hot pipes.
Warning Signs of Worn or Aging Tires
You can do several things to make sure that your bike tires are still in good shape. Here are some things you have to remember when checking your bike tires and then deciding on a suitable replacement time.
Check Your Treads
There is no doubt that one of the best ways to determine how well your bike tires are doing is to check their treads. Note that treads are the dips in the rubber. Treads are hard to check on bikes, particularly on racing bike tires. You should take a photo if possible. This will help you compare how their look changes over time.
And for tires without treads, you can easily examine the contact patch. Keep in mind that this is a protective layer that goes over the bike tire. It is carefully designed to come in contact with the pavement or road while you ride. Among some other subtle indications, you will likely notice this when your bike tires begin to get worn out.
Did you know that rubber tends to become brittle with age? It can be quite dangerous if you don’t replace it. If you see cracks appearing (usually they start appearing on the sidewalls), it is best to throw away the tire and buy a new one.
Another important indicator that your bike tires are close to the end of their life is a notable increase in flats. Note that as the rubber starts to wear away, there is less cushioning between your tire tube and the junk and sharp objects on the road.
You will see a piece known as a protection belt under the rubber of your bike tire. This is usually woven from carcass thread in either a crisscross or diagonal pattern. Note that if this pattern is visible on any part of your tire, you will have to replace your bike tires pretty soon.
Holes and Cuts
Often the edges of roads are full of all types of junk and debris. This is especially true after rain. And even if you do not see a puncture, it is likely that you will notice a steady build-up of minor nicks and cuts. You should check to see if any of the holes have managed to puncture through the casing. If they have, you might have to replace your bike tire.
You should also lookout for any sidewall cut or tear, especially near the bead of your bike tire. And this may cause a blowout. You should discard any tire with a compromised casing (especially near the bead) immediately.
Replacing your bike tires frequently can offer you some peace of mind, taking away stressful moments. Maintaining your bike tires is one of the best and most affordable ways to make your bike tires last longer. Each feature of your electric bike was designed carefully to deliver the best riding performance and experience.
Protecting, maintaining, and keeping your electric bike tires, particularly new ones, in top shape will help extend their lifecycle. It is no secret that proper tire care and maintenance save you considerable money in the long run. This is because you do not have to replace them very often. Regular maintenance of your bike can entail having a specialist check your bike tires and air pressure during tune-ups. They can make a recommendation or estimate the number of miles left in your tires based on your specific riding style.
When your bike tires wear out, you should look for high-quality and durable tires to replace your old ones. Trading your old tires in before they are dead will help keep you from getting injured or stranded. This is why the peace of mind is worth it knowing that whenever you go riding, you will not need to worry about the tires.