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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-21-2018, 09:09 AM Thread Starter
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Michelin Road 5

Just got my new Road 5s put on!

First time changing tires. Didn't think taking the wheels off could be such a pain. I probably just suck at it, but the stands I got on Amazon made it hard to remove the front axle.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 03-21-2018, 11:25 AM
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Just got my new Road 5s put on!

First time changing tires. Didn't think taking the wheels off could be such a pain. I probably just suck at it, but the stands I got on Amazon made it hard to remove the front axle.
Nice. Id love to hear a review after you put a couple of hundred miles on them.

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Are you supposed to still follow the recommended psi in the manual (32psi front, 36 rear) when you get a different brand of tires?
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Follow the tire manufacturer's spec (not the max rating, but the actual load range chart), and adjust to your riding style. The range listed in the manual will get you in the ball park of most road tires if you want to be safe. In general, a little less psi = more traction and slower turn-in, but reduced mileage. Spec psi = less traction but maximum mileage and a potential rougher ride. When your tires have an evenly scrubbed look across the entire contact area, you are at the right psi for your bike and weight. If the worn area looks splotchy, reduce pressure slightly until it all looks the same. If the handling starts to feel sluggish or sloppy, increase tire pressure.
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Reference the recommended tyre pressures,I have always thought it seems a bit low,nearly all my previous bikes were 42 rear 36 front any thoughts ?
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Just got my new Road 5s put on!

First time changing tires. Didn't think taking the wheels off could be such a pain. I probably just suck at it, but the stands I got on Amazon made it hard to remove the front axle.
How did you go about getting that Kawi Green color on the tire itself?
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How did you go about getting that Kawi Green color on the tire itself?
I used a tire pen bought from here: https://www.tirepenz.com/products/penz.html?color=6 and filled in the treads.
We'll see how long they last!
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Reference the recommended tyre pressures,I have always thought it seems a bit low,nearly all my previous bikes were 42 rear 36 front any thoughts ?
That sounds pretty high, certainly for any of the bikes that I have owned...which all were middleweights.
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Hey @Leo, could you let me know what size hex key you needed to remove the front axle? I cannot find this info anywhere, and those hex keys start getting expensive up in that larger range. Also, did you use a torque wrench to re-tighten the axle? Tires look sick btw.
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Hey @Leo, could you let me know what size hex key you needed to remove the front axle? I cannot find this info anywhere, and those hex keys start getting expensive up in that larger range. Also, did you use a torque wrench to re-tighten the axle? Tires look sick btw.
Used a 14mm hex socket. And I have a torque wrench, but not sure about the ft/lbs spec, so I just hand tightened it. Not sure what the actual size for the nut on the rear axle is, but I ended up using a standard 1-1/16" and it was a snug fit.
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