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Old 03-18-2013, 08:12 AM   #1
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Looking for a consensus on storing mounted (tube-type) tires.

Got off my duff earlier this year and re-laced a spare front wheel with a “new” hub. This was to be used with a studded TKC that I pulled out of “retirement” for use on my KLR. Also had a rear, studded TKC that I mounted on a spare rear wheel. The tires were mounted using new, heavy duty tubes.



Hopefully, I won't be needing those anymore this year, so I'd like to put them away in storage until next winter.

The question:

Store them inflated, or store them deflated?

Over the years I've heard (unofficial) opinions on both, but was looking for a consensus here.

What say ye?

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Old 03-18-2013, 08:50 AM   #2
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I leave mine inflated...
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:50 AM   #3
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Got off my duff earlier this year and re-laced a spare front wheel with a “new” hub. This was to be used with a studded TKC that I pulled out of “retirement” for use on my KLR. Also had a rear, studded TKC that I mounted on a spare rear wheel. The tires were mounted using new, heavy duty tubes.



Hopefully, I won't be needing those anymore this year, so I'd like to put them away in storage until next winter.

The question:

Store them inflated, or store them deflated?

Over the years I've heard (unofficial) opinions on both, but was looking for a consensus here.

What say ye?

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I've always stored spare mounted wheels inflated. If you store your bike you don't deflate the tires do you?
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Old 03-18-2013, 08:59 AM   #4
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Wonderland tire storage

If,
and only if it were easy and convenient .... to deflate as completely as possible and refill with N2(nitrogen) to say 15 psi ,and resting lightly on a curved rack. Bagged in uv proof heavy duty garbage bags, with as much air as possible squeezed out and sealed . Stored in controlled heat and humidity ,away from electrical equipment ,ie refrigerators ,compressors .

Real world ? 15 psi with dry air ,garbage bagged and not on top of the welder .
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Old 03-18-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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I've always stored spare mounted wheels inflated. If you store your bike you don't deflate the tires do you?
LOL!

But good point. However, if any of my bikes sit that long, I'm dead. The "new" owner can deal with the consequences.

But, thank you. We'll see what other answers we get.

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Old 03-18-2013, 09:09 AM   #6
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If,
and only if it were easy and convenient .... to deflate as completely as possible and refill with N2(nitrogen) to say 15 psi ,and resting lightly on a curved rack. Bagged in uv proof heavy duty garbage bags, with as much air as possible squeezed out and sealed . Stored in controlled heat and humidity ,away from electrical equipment ,ie refrigerators ,compressors .

Real world ? 15 psi with dry air ,garbage bagged and not on top of the welder .
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Fortunately, I have a cylinder of nitrogen so I can do that. Just need to get the appropriate fittings to inject the stuff in the tube.

Thank you.

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Old 03-18-2013, 06:12 PM   #7
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Fortunately, I have a cylinder of nitrogen so I can do that. Just need to get the appropriate fittings to inject the stuff in the tube.

Thank you.

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Oh, fer chrissakes, forget the nitrogen. Fill the tires to operating temperature, stack them flat on a towel or shop rags in the corner of the garage and pull them out again when it snows in the Fall.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:26 AM   #8
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I store mine inflated, high up under the roof - the heat hardens the tyres and makes them last longer. A tip I picked up from some old guy.
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Old 03-19-2013, 01:13 PM   #9
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I store mine inflated, high up under the roof - the heat hardens the tyres and makes them last longer. A tip I picked up from some old guy.
That's pretty funny...but some people may not realize you are kidding.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:44 PM   #10
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That's pretty funny...but some people may not realize you are kidding.
I doubt that he was kidding. Hardening tires in the attic, or on the roof was common amongst dirt-track and motocross racers when I was a kid. Now it's done in more controlled conditions http://www.customtirecutting.com/sto...=91&Itemid=160
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:39 PM   #11
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Surely you always drain and replace your Winter air with Summer air and vice versa?
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:54 PM   #12
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When you put them in the trash bags ............. throw in a couple of Kotex feminine napkins. Kotex absorbs the naturally occuring ozone. You know, O3, the stuff that REALLY attacks and degrades butyl rubber.

Write it down, look it up.

Hey, you asked!
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Old 03-24-2013, 06:58 PM   #13
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I doubt that he was kidding.
It was a bit tongue in cheek, but yes, I do store my tyres up in the roof. I have 2 sets of wheels, but even so they don't stay up there long enough to go hard. It was an oldtimers trick, but never could see the point in having hard tyres that lasted a long time but didn't have any grip.
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Old 03-25-2013, 07:17 AM   #14
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When you put them in the trash bags ............. throw in a couple of Kotex feminine napkins. Kotex absorbs the naturally occuring ozone. You know, O3, the stuff that REALLY attacks and degrades butyl rubber.

Write it down, look it up.

Hey, you asked!
Now that has to be the weirdest combination of words I've ever looked up. I did....right back to ADVRider.

Then I got to this:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_happe...n_in_your_anus


just about choked on my "Kick Ass" brand coffee.

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Now that has to be the weirdest combination of words I've ever looked up. I did....right back to ADVRider.

Then I got to this:
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_happe...n_in_your_anus


just about choked on my "Kick Ass" brand coffee.

Mondays.....!
thats funny!!
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