Training Wheel Hero
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Atlanta, GA
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rockitfuel is right on the money. warmers will help slow the cooling of the tire carcass. It is the carcass which is the hardest, and most important, thing to get to proper operating temperature. Keeping the carcass from cooling quickly or completely will help the life of the tire.
You will make your money back, but the rate of return will depend on brand of tires. I generally run Michelin and using the warmers has made a big difference in how the tire works as the # of cycles builds. I can get several more cycles out of the tire before I feel them going off, and when they do go off it is more gradual. I have had less, but similar experience with Dunce-lop, but not as dramatic.
Put your warmers on the tires in the morning for a full "baking" (time varies by tire brand and warmer brand, etc), then put them back on w/o plugging them in when your session is over. If you go back out in less than an hour you may find you don't need to plug them back in at all. If there is a big break in your day leave the warmers on to slow the rate of cooling and plug them in for a good baking before getting back on the track.