RE: [CR]Re: Tyre wiping - Adjust wipers to skim not rub

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From: "RB" <>
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Subject: RE: [CR]Re: Tyre wiping - Adjust wipers to skim not rub
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 13:16:11 -0700

I second this. This is how I have mine setup right now. For rural road riding here in the West (glass, goat heads & star thistle, general debris), it works very well.

One trick I have found setting them up: Leave the bike in the sun for a few minutes (not long enough or hot enough to overheat your sew ups!), with your tires inflated to riding pressure, and your rims trued (no hops). This softens up the plastic on the wipers so they give the true 'sag' and the true tire diameter that you get once everything is warmed up. Then gently bend the metal part until they just skim the tire, but don't rub.

If you set them up in the shop, things will change on the road.

Bill Roberts Jacksonville, OR

-----Original Message----- From: []On Behalf Of Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 12:50 PM To: Subject: [CR]Re: Tyre wiping

Ted and Dan;

I haven't used tire wipers since the 70's but as I recall, the trick was to get them as close as possible to the tire... but not touching. They would still skim off thorns and glass and shards of metal, perhaps even larger particles of sand... but would not wear the tire or make any noise.

Bob Hovey Columbus, GA

In a message dated 7/15/05 1:48:44 PM, classicrendezvous-request@bikelist.or g writes:

> Ted,
>     My anecdotal study conducted in the early 70s caused me to
> remove the tire wipes and learn how to do it by hand.  They removed tire
> tread at a rate I thought unacceptable.  I still have the tire wipes in
> one of my parts cans if anyone wants them.
> Dan Mazzeo
> Raytheon Polar Services Company
> Acting Director FEMC
> 7400 So. Tucson Way
> Centennial, CO  80112
> 720 568-2063o
> 303 249-6425c
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On Behalf Of Ted E. Baer
> Sent: Friday, July 15, 2005 9:17 AM
> To: ternst;
> Subject: Re: [CR]Tyre wiping - a fool's game or necessary evil?
> I wonder if anyone has ever conducted a study to see how much wear (if
> any) these tire wipers have on the tire itself.  Seems to me that
> anything rubbing non-stop against a tire would eventually create a
> pattern of wear in one form or another.


> Ted E. Baer