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Old 04-26-2007, 02:00 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

I was just wondering what sort of tires would be best for me if I am only using them for practice on carpet. I don't have endless amounts of cash so what are going to give me the longest life? Do foams last longer than the rubbers in terms of runs and performance? Any help would be great. Thanks a lot.

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Old 04-26-2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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Rubber lasts longer, foam provides a lot of traction. First make sure your track allows rubber on the carpet (before you run out and buy a whole bunch of rubber). Ask the guys at the track what compound are they running and that should usually be the way to go! Foams also require more maintance such as truing the tires, and the tire diameter are always changing so you need to keep an eye on your gearing.
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I would definitely go with the foams unless you plan on running rubber tires when you race big races as well. With not having a lot of money for tires (as most of us do not) i run Jaco's and it seems that the most popular combo at our track is double pink/orange in the front and double pinks in the rear. We usually true our tires down to 59 mm but when we go to races we true them to 58mm.

We have some very analitical people that race at our track and we practice on tuesdays , thursdays with races on Fridays and they keep track of everything. One guy kept track and we can get about 875 laps out of a set of Jacos cut down to 59mm.

In layman terms, I can practice about 3 weeks and race 3 club races before I designate a pair of tires as practice tires. Now if we happen to chunk our tires and have to true them down, that takes laps away of course. We will practice on our tires until we see rim (55 to 54 mm) but that is only because of cost. Now this can vary because we mostly run 19turn because our track isn't huge.

I like the foams because of not having to glue them and people will say that it is a pain to true them but if you have an automatic tire truer, i would rather push a button then to have to glue tires. That is my experience but the final decision is going to be up to you and what you have to spend. With 3 kids, believe me there isn't a lot of money in my budget for tires either. lol.
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