Smoking rear tire


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Gr8Heath
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Smoking rear tire

Postby Gr8Heath » Mon Apr 08, 2013 11:19 pm



I've always gotten good advice here, so here comes one more issue. Last season I rebuilt my front braking system. I left the rear alone because it was asymptomatic. Last week I return from work and notice the rear rotar was HOT. No prob, I can fix that. My concern is that the rear tire was literally smoking after my 20 mile ride home, but was not hot to the touch. The smoke was coming from the side walls, not the tread. This lasted 20 minutes after I got home. Any thought?



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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby Calzone » Tue Apr 09, 2013 2:41 am

It sounds easy enough, The tire is rubbing on something. ..Pull it up on the centerstand and spin it around and look for the part it is rubbing on. If you replaced the tire be sure it is no larger then 130 size, any fatter and they can rub.
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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby trashtruck » Tue Apr 09, 2013 7:59 am

i cant be certain but it sounds like the rear brake caliper is starting to freeze up, hence the hot rotor. if the tire was smoking from the left side, it may have brake fluid or something else on it if it is not rubbing.
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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby Dakotaman » Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:12 am

As for the rear tire, it probably is rubbing against the brake caliper brace bar, if your tire is too big. I had a 140/90/16 on the back, and there was two rub lines on the sidewall. My wife didn't say she saw smoke, but she said she could smell rubber burning. I had it replaced with a 130/90/16 and so far so good!!

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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby Gr8Heath » Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:35 am

Good advice, but I have the standard tire size currently. I do know that the brakes are continously gripping, resulting in a hot rotor. Like I mentioned, I can fix that. Was just curious about the side wall tire smoke, even though the tire was cool to the touch. Nothing is rubbing, except for the brake pads of course. I've owned 6 bikes and this is a first. Will replace or rebuilt the rear caliper next. Will let everyone know how it helps. Thanks all!

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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby Dakotaman » Wed Apr 10, 2013 8:15 am

Oops!! My bad read! Hope you get it figured out, or get it fixed.

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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby themainviking » Wed Apr 10, 2013 9:55 am

Gr8Heath wrote:My concern is that the rear tire was literally smoking after my 20 mile ride home, but was not hot to the touch. The smoke was coming from the side walls, not the tread. This lasted 20 minutes after I got home. Any thought?


Was it actually smoke - as in - could you smell it as smoke? Or could it have been steam from a cold tire being ridden on till it began to warm up and evaporate moisture? I certainly hope the latter.
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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby Wingsconsin » Wed Apr 10, 2013 3:56 pm

An underinflated tire will develop a LOT of heat...?
Check tire pressures before every ride is a good rule --especially early in the season when temps are changing
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Re: Smoking rear tire

Postby Gr8Heath » Sat Apr 13, 2013 1:37 pm

Wingsconsin wrote:An underinflated tire will develop a LOT of heat...?
Check tire pressures before every ride is a good rule --especially early in the season when temps are changing


Very true. However I checked pressure just prior to going to work. I have to admit it could be water evaporation. It's just odd because none of my other bikes have ever done that, not that that necessarily means anything. Also, while trouble shooting, the cap of the rear brake fluid reservoir was not properly sealed. I wouldn't thing that would cause this issue. Anyone agree? Last season I rebuilt the front brakes just by resurfacing the brake piston and cleaning guide rods. Hope that is all it will take




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