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Old 10-24-2012, 06:40 AM   #25764
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Originally Posted by YakSpout View Post
I noticed that the Schwalbe Marathons are directional, but I don't know if reversing the tread would have any major effect. I did the swap on my Gatorskins and damn near wrecked trying to stop fast. Once they're worn now, I just replace them.
My Conti Contact are directional. I noticed no difference in feeling, when flipped. I do, however, notice the flattening of the profile, but, it's a bicycle. I'd rather ride than worry about the small stuff.

BTW, I used to flip my rear Michelin slick, at the track. They're a "0" degree construction. At tracks like Barber and Mid-Ohio, one side wears faster than the other.

Originally Posted by pierce View Post
tread on bicycle tires does zilch on the pavement. you don't need rain grooves with a skinny round profile tire, you aren't going to hydroplane.

heck, slicks even work pretty good on hardpack dirt. they only suck in soft or loose stuff.

so "directional" on bike tires, which are bias ply, is purely cosmetic.
^^^ +1

Originally Posted by YakSpout View Post
Huh. Hadn't seen that particular Sheldon note. Linky if you're interested.

I'll just continue to ignore it.
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