Info on tire age

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Info on tire age

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I am up on how to tell the date of manufacture of new tires. My question for the tire gurus is this. If I were to buy tires at some of the suppliers while they are on sale, how many months would it be safe to hold off installing them on the bike? Would 6 months be too long? There are some great tire sales and while I don't need them now, come spring I would like to change them. Let me know some good info on storing and waiting to install them. Also, any tips on storing or any don'ts about storing.
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Re: Info on tire age

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It depends on the age of the tire when you get it, and how long your tires usually last. If you get the tire and it is a year and a half old, but you typically only go through tires once every three or four years, I might think twice about letting it sit for another six months.

As for storing tires:

- Make sure they are clean. If they're new, this shouldn't be an issue.
- If they come in plastic bags, keep them this way. That will keep things like ozone etc. from degrading them.
- Don't hang them or otherwise do anything that applies pressure to the bead (the inner edges) of the tires.
- Freezing is OK. Hot temperatures (i.e. in an attic) is not so OK. They should be kept indoors if at all possible.
- Keep them out of the sun. Throw a blanket or tarp over them if needed.
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