One of the first things I upgrade on my bike are the tires because often the stock tires aren’t that great and it’s a fast and fairly cost efficient upgrade.
I’m just trying to figure out what to do with these tires after I take them off the bike. I still have a pair off my previous bike that are gathering dust and I"m about to replace the stock pair on my new bike. I don’t need 4 tires sitting around. I may keep the newer ones as back-up, but the other pair, I’d like to get rid of them.
I try to always have a spare set of tires for every bike in the house so I don’t have to run to the bike shop if I destroy one.
You always can save your new and old stock tires for off season, winter, trainer, and outdoor base miles. No sense in putting miles on [good/expensive/race] tires at those times of year. For this purpose I usually keep around a pair of training wheels with cheaper, tougher tires and save my good rubber for my race wheels.
My philosophy is ride the best tires all the time. Why should I slog through the winter on slower / cheaper tires? I get 3000+ miles out of a rear GP5000 and hardly ever get flats*. These tires only cost $40/each now. It’s pretty cheap to ride the best tires all the time.
*I got 4000 miles out of my last GP4000. I have 2600 miles on my current rear GP5000 with zero flats and the tire hasn’t even started to develop a flat spot yet.
If they’re slow but somewhat durable I’ll put them on training bike/wheels and use them until they puncture. Or set them aside for that use whenever the current set wear out.
If I’ve already got a spare pair of training tires sitting around then I’ll give them away or sell them if I can be bothered with the hassle.
If they’re Mavic tires I’ll throw them away or give them to somebody I don’t like. Those guys appear to have no clue how to make a tire (and maybe not much more clue how to run a business judging by recent events).
Depends where you ride and in what conditions. I’ve had GP4000s with multiple cuts and punctures in <1000 miles riding on UK roads in winter. That does start to get expensive if you’re doing high mileage, and repairing punctures when it’s cold and wet is no fun at all. 4 Seasons work better for me as being more durable than the GP4000s and grippier and more comfortable than the Gatorskins. Switching to tubeless before next winter, hopefully running sealant will get me a bit closer to the holy grail of speed, comfort, grip and durability.
I agree that if you are getting lots of flats then you need a tougher tires. I don’t agree with riding a cheaper tire just because of miles and saving money. I’m amazed at the mileage I get out GP4000/5000 tires.
You must live in an area with flint on the road. You UK guys often talk about cutting tires. I’m lucky that that has been a non-issue for me.
When I road in real winter conditions (sand, snow, ice, slippery leaves) I just rode my gravel bike for 4-5 months until spring. It just felt a lot safer and knowing the tires were filled with sealant meant that I probably wouldn’t have to fix a flat in cold conditions.
Maybe it is the aggregate they use in the tar to resurface roads (although as a Geologist I should remember flint is found as nodules in chalk in the SE of the UK which is roughly where I live) - and our roads are generally rubbish anyway. I use Vittoria Corsa speeds or Michelin power competitions on my tt bike but they get used once a week or not at all at present. I use Lifeline Proarmour on my winter bike - they are budget tyres but utterly bullet proof - still have to pick flints out of them but they never get through the Kevlar. Dam slow though! In summer I use Michelin Lithions on my training wheels - although I think I will get some GP5000s on my new bike that I’m getting as I’ve heard good things and they are already coming down in price…we will see