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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-30-2006, 11:15 AM Thread Starter
 
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Track tires over winter?

How much effectiveness do track tires lose over the winter? I mean that you're usually fine to ride on tires for street use the following year, but with the track tires, how much performance or grip can all the cold cause them to lose? And what if you keep them inside somewhere nice and toasty at constant temps?
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Reverend Rice said some dude came out to the last CCS event and shmopped everyone on 2 year old tires.

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it should be fine as long as the tires are in good shape before putting them away. I've practiced and raced on a used set that sat all winter long and it was fine.
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Reverend Rice said some dude came out to the last CCS event and shmopped everyone on 2 year old tires.
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To preserve them you must put Armor All on them, then when spring comes put a fresh coat of this on.

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FWIW, I've run tires that sat all winter, and no problems again as Rev said as long as they were in good shape when you stored them. Also if they remain on the bike being on the rim and having air in them seems to help, because I had a set of rains that sat on the garage floor and they dry rotted pretty bad.
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Just make sure they are not in contact with the concrete. Put the bike on stands or put cardboard or carpeting pieces under the tires if stands are not available.




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I have been running take-offs all year from last season. They are fine over the winter. Remember, it has a lot to do with how many heat cycles the tires went through to begin with, and the tire wear.

That said, confidence also has a lot to do with how people attack a corner. Andy (two yr old tire dude running 10s at BHF) has enough confidence to mop most people with tires that no one else would ever run. Alan Fedderson, one of the fastest guys around, runs phenomenal times on tires other people wouldn't even go cruising on.

New tires are always the best for confidence, to each his own.

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Actually it was Ben Thompson (WERA guy Endurance guy apparently, don't really know) running the 10's on 2 yr old tires... He spanked Andy Feuerstahler by like 5 or 6 seconds in the sprint race, amazing really...

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and it was Ben's very first time at BHF.
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