Is my front tyre the wrong way round?

Discussion in 'Tyres' started by RichardS, Jun 16, 2016.

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  1. RichardS

    RichardS New Member

    May 20, 2016
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    Now this might be a stupid question, I'm not sure.

    Owned my bike nearly a month but only just noticed this today when stopped for a coffee.

    To me that looks back to front, am i right?

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  2. RichardS

    RichardS New Member

    May 20, 2016
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    And a follow on question:

    Will it make much difference? I imagine not in the dry, but could affect grip in the wet?
     
  3. drinky

    drinky Member

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    Have a look on the side wall there will be an arrow showing the direction of rotation.
     
  4. Tigcraft

    Tigcraft Unheard of Member
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  5. RichardS

    RichardS New Member

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    Thanks both.

    Yeah, good call. I should have thought of that.

    Just checked and it is actually the right way round.

    Just looked odd to me, I'd have thought the point of the 'arrow' pattern in the tread would be in the center and push water outwards as the wheel turns.

    Anyways, it's as it should be so end of that.
     
  6. 711jrp

    711jrp Active Member

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    It's because the water exits from the edge to the center,so the edge will driest when you are leant over in a turn.
     
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  7. 711jrp

    711jrp Active Member

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    Good year grand prix S.......
     
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  8. RichardS

    RichardS New Member

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    Ahhh, yes I can sort of see how that would work. Thanks for the explanation.
     
  9. MrOrange

    MrOrange Guest

    Tis the right way round. Yes, on cars the tread is used to push water forward and out, but on bikes because there is only a small contact patch, and because the tyre is round and not flat, this arrangement works better.

    I asked the same question years ago!!! :D
     
  10. H.O.

    H.O. Noble Member

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    The slots and grooves used to be called 'sypes', now heard it used for a while though.
    Wife's still got a 'Groundhog' squeeky toy thing, and I've got an original 'Tigers tail' some-where. (although that was petrol, not tyres)
     
  11. MrOrange

    MrOrange Guest

    Michelin refer to the thin cuts in their Pilot Road tyres as 'sypes' !

    Just thought they used them to make the tyre move about lots and feel unstable !!!!;):D
     
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  12. 711jrp

    711jrp Active Member

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    ^^^ pilot roads by chance?
     
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