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Old 08-16-2010, 12:52 PM   #1
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About a month ago I had a new PP put on the front of my bike. I have probably put nearly 1k miles on it since then. At lunch today I was looking at it and the tread looked funny. In my experience on car tires (as well as my rear tire) when the tire rotates, the center should pull the water to the outside. On my PP front tire, the way it is mounted (correctly according to the arrow) it seems as if the water would be pulled from the outside to the middle.

If my tire is mounted correctly, can someone enlighten me as to why it is backwards compared to traditional car tires on the front of a bike? And if it is mounted incorrectly I best get to a shop soon.
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Old 08-16-2010, 01:19 PM   #2
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It's mounted correctly, look at the arrows on the sidewal.
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It's mounted correctly, look at the arrows on the sidewal.
Yes sir, I noticed the arrows. Thats what has me confused. I have always understood the tread should pull water from the center to the outside when it rotates. Why are the PP front tires different? It looks like this tread pattern would pull water towards the center? Is it because there is so little contact surface that it just draws it across the tire?

Just trying to understand. One of those newb questions maybe?
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Front tires steer from the back of the tire so the pattern is different.
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How much water could possibly get trapped by that small of a contact patch anyway?
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Not much, but then again it also wouldn't take much to interrupt traction either.
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How much water could possibly get trapped by that small of a contact patch anyway?
Minimal. Amazingly, this is the third set of tires on a bike I have owned and I have never noticed the difference till now. I grew up as one of those "why?" kids.
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I can you why you would question it though.
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If you were to lean the bike to the side, the tread does indeed move the water away as it was design to. If it is straight up and down, the groove in the center is where it is. Hope that make sense and explain your questions.
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If you were to lean the bike to the side, the tread does indeed move the water away as it was design to. If it is straight up and down, the groove in the center is where it is. Hope that make sense and explain your questions.
Yes it does. Thanks.
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