TOP 10 TIPS ON TYRE CARE

Neglecting your tyres can lead to serious consequences. The easiest way to keep your tyres in good shape and running for long is to have them inflated to the designated pressure. That apart, here are a few more simple tips to keep you on the go.

  1. Air Check: Check the pressure of your tyres every time you get a chance. That's probably the easiest thing to do as under inflation can be a tyre's number one risk. Ensure that the tyres are cool when you take the reading. For a better tractrion in wet conditions, increase pressures by about 10 percent.
  2. Proper Alignment: Pay close attention to alignment--shaft drive bikes have no adjustment, but if you have a chain or belt, check the position of your tires. Proper alignment ensures better handling and longer wear.
  3. Go Steady: Although it primarily affects handling, improper balance can also shorten a tire's life. Check it after 500 or 1000 miles of use.
  4. Top It Off: The valve stem cap should be securely fastened on the stem, because it's an important part of your tire's sealing system. It'll give you extra security at high speeds, when centrifugal force can conspire to open the valve inside the stem.
  5. Wash it up: Most tire manufacturers recommend that the only substance used to keep rubber shiny should be good old soap and water. Many alleged protectants actually promote premature cracking and finish deterioration. Make sure you wipe off any lube, brake fluid or gas promptly, too.
  6. Look Before You Ride: Before you saddle up, take a moment to visually inspect your tires. We can't tell you how many times we've pulled out screws or nails before a ride, thus preventing almost certain tire failure. Once you're on the road, it'll be too late.
  7. Go Easy: Avoid potholes and sharp objects on the road that can compromise your tire's integrity. The same goes for curbs
  8. Don't Mix and Match: Never run two tires of differing construction. We can't stress this enough, and this rule applies to bias-plies vs. radials as well as tubeless and tube-type tires--even bias-ply vs. bias-belted tires. The results can be disastrous.
  9. Practice Caution: Optimal grip is obtained only after the tread surface has been ridden on, so go into those first few rides with a bit of caution. The suggested break-in distance is usually 200 or so miles. After that, check the tire's pressure again!
  10. Change Completely: If you replace your tires, make sure you replace the tubes, too. Some manufacturers even recommend that you change both tires at the same time, even if they wear differently.