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need a new rear tire...

I ordered a manual but it hasn't come in yet and I don't know if the manual fairy is going to make it before I get home from work... Problem is I'm suppose to take the wheel down to the local Cycle Gear tomorrow to get a new tire... I found fergy's spline lube procedure (thanks Fergy!) which of course includes the wheel removal... So my question is: Do I need to do anything else to the wheel before taking to the shop or is it good to go once it is off the bike???

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PS: figure I will do a spline lube and any brake maintenance while I'm there...

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I ordered a manual but it hasn't come in yet and I don't know if the manual fairy is going to make it before I get home from work... Problem is I'm suppose to take the wheel down to the local Cycle Gear tomorrow to get a new tire... I found fergy's spline lube procedure (thanks Fergy!) which of course includes the wheel removal... So my question is: Do I need to do anything else to the wheel before taking to the shop or is it good to go once it is off the bike???

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PS: figure I will do a spline lube and any brake maintenance while I'm there...
You should be good to go. If I'm not messing with the brakes I just put 2 or 3 pieces of duct tape over the brake hub so it doesn't come off the wheel.

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You should be good to go. If I'm not messing with the brakes I just put 2 or 3 pieces of duct tape over the brake hub so it doesn't come off the wheel.
Awesome... Thanks. Hopefully tomorrow my Kawa will be sporting a brand new ME880..

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Awesome... Thanks. Hopefully tomorrow my Kawa will be sporting a brand new ME880..
I hope you are matching that new ME880 to one that is on the front. You should keep the same brand and tread design on each wheel.
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I hope you are matching that new ME880 to one that is on the front. You should keep the same brand and tread design on each wheel.
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I wasn't planning on it... The front tire still has quite a bit of life left in it... But for the price I might just swap it out...

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I wasn't planning on it... The front tire still has quite a bit of life left in it... But for the price I might just swap it out...
I would suggest matching the new rear tire to what you have in front or buy two new tires. Your bike will not handle well ( or safely ) with mismatched tires. Be careful.
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I would suggest matching the new rear tire to what you have in front or buy two new tires. Your bike will not handle well ( or safely ) with mismatched tires. Be careful.
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Think it will be worse than having a completely bald tire in the back???

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Think it will be worse than having a completely bald tire in the back???
NO, what I am saying is that your bike will handle better by buying a new rear tire to match the front tire. If you put on the new Metzler with your different front tire the bike will not handle well. You still will be only buying one tire. It's much better to have matched tires than one Metzler.

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Is it ok to have two different tires from different manufacturers as long as they are both new, both 4 ply and both belt bias technology. My concern is one is H rated and one is V rated, but those are just the speed ratings.

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Is it ok to have two different tires from different manufacturers as long as they are both new, both 4 ply and both belt bias technology. My concern is one is H rated and one is V rated, but those are just the speed ratings.

Sorry bout the thread jack.

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Totally disagree. There are just too many differences in design, construction, and intended usage to run mismatched tires. To each his own.
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