Premature tire wearing on friction drive motor bike?

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  1. blurptc

    blurptc New Member

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    Hi -- I'm new to the forum and to the motorized bicycle idea.

    I'd like to know how long a tire will last with friction drives? I hear that they need to be replaced every 2 months with just regular work commute (10-15mi per day). Any ideas? Thanks!

    paul
     
  2. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    All I can tell you is that in 200 or so miles that I ran my friction drive, I saw no appreciable tire wear. The roller wears, not the tire.
     
  3. NEAT TIMES

    NEAT TIMES New Member

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    Hi Friction Tire Wear? I Read On This Forum (i Think It Was Here) That A Friction Drive Tire Should Last Near 1500 Miles. That Would Get Me From The W Florida Gulf Coast Past My Former Home In N Wisconsin And Almost To The Canada Border. I Hope This Is Fact Because I`m Waiting On Some Parts To Build (assemble) Several Friction Drive Kits W/engines To Sell. Ron
     
  4. stude13

    stude13 New Member

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    if its set up right, you tires will last. search and readread
     
  5. deacon

    deacon minor bike philosopher

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    Im doing a lot of experimenting with friction drive at the moment. I have been using the same tire the whole time. It doesn't show any significant ware. I use a fairly smooth steel drive wheel.
     
  6. demolition_dave1

    demolition_dave1 New Member

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    I just put a kit from Staton on my Catrike ROad and it shredded a new tire in about an hour. The roller is a very aggressive one(not that I have anything to compare it to)
    Im sure some adjustments will improve this but I dont know how much.
     
  7. demolition_dave1

    demolition_dave1 New Member

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    Thank you for your well thought out answer. I will try again with a better inflated tire and see how that goes. It was the only thing I didnt consider when I put the kit on, and it had a much greater effect than I anticipated, if that is the cause.
     

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