Looking for a consensus on storing mounted (tube-type) tires.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Guy Young, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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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.

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    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? :ear

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  2. sagedrifter

    sagedrifter Southern Explorer

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    I leave mine inflated...
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  3. jar944

    jar944 Been here awhile

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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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  4. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    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 . :deal
    Regards,Ed
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  5. Guy Young

    Guy Young Long timer

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    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.

    Best.
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  6. Guy Young

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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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  7. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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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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  8. motu

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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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  9. wsmc831

    wsmc831 Been here awhile

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    That's pretty funny...but some people may not realize you are kidding.
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  11. chollo9

    chollo9 Screwed the Pooch

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    Surely you always drain and replace your Winter air with Summer air and vice versa?
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  12. ROAD DAMAGE

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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. :deal

    Hey, you asked! :lol3
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  13. motu

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    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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  14. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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  16. usgser

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    Don't over think this. Blow them up to spec lean them up against the wall in your garage. Just keep'em out of the sun (UV rays). No need to use nitrogen. Regular air we breath, is what 80% nitrogen anyway. Other than normal degradation which all rubber does with age they're just TIRES that we load hundreds of pounds on abuse them on dirt, pavement, rocks whatever. They won't wear out any faster sitting in your garage unloaded and static than they will riding. Stuff'em in your garage/attic/under your bed where ever you have room or makes you feel all warm-n-fuzzy. Just store them out of direct sunlight. If you wanna store them with femine hygiene products, sing to them, buy'em flowers it's your call. I promise not to laugh...too hard.
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  17. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    I went into a restorer's website a couple years back. He was offering storage and storage preparation services for classic motorcycles.

    One of the steps was to lube the sidewalls with brake fluid to prevent cracking and of course tires off the ground.:wink:
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