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    Do You Think I Need New Skins?

    Been keeping an eye on the old rear tire and noticed today after a nice ride in the rain the cords are starting to show. Should I change this before tomorrow's ride or do you think I can get a few hundred more miles from it? I do have a new spare already to go on. I know, I know, it is best to put the new one on to avoid problems out on the road, but....


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    Yeah.... those Gatorskin's are pricey! You might get another 6 or even 8 cents use out of that tire... LOL.
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    I ride my tires until the rear looks about like that. At that point the cords are starting wear. Time to replace, or ride very gingerly.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    Yeah.... those Gatorskin's are pricey! You might get another 6 or even 8 cents use out of that tire... LOL.
    Yeah, I know what you mean. The damn thing has been in the family for six generations and I was hoping to pass it down to my son.

    Replacing it before I go out tomorrow is what it is going to be!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by looigi View Post
    I ride my tires until the rear looks about like that. At that point the cords are starting wear. Time to replace, or ride very gingerly.
    I guess I got my money's worth out of it then?

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    Just keep riding it, but carry the new tire with you.

    If you don't get a coupla hundred more miles out of it at least you'll be able to mount the new one when that one flats.

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    As long as there's some rubber showing on the tread it's still good, replace only if there's nothing but cord showing.
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    Do You Think I Need New Skins?

    If you think your tire might be getting a little long in the tooth . . . then you don't need us to tell you it's time to change it.

    I'd be afraid to even put air in that sucker.

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    If I found that after a ride I would immediately do 4 things:
    1. remove that tire & throw it away
    2. give thanks that I made it home safely
    3. put a new tire on
    4. make a note to myself reminding me to ck my tires more frequently.
    Don't believe everything you think.

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    I read somewhere about "inspecting" tires before a ride. I had never actually looked at my tire closely before. I was really surprised that I found a short... maybe 1/4 long... piece of wire stuck in one tire and small hunk of broken glass in the other tire.
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    Do you have a mileage total for that tire?

    Looks like it's still good but I wouldn't trust it for climbing, cornering, descending, emergency braking, any chance of potholes or gravel, or speeds over 7mph.
    That's the longest I've ever ridden without a beer stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    I read somewhere about "inspecting" tires before a ride. I had never actually looked at my tire closely before. I was really surprised that I found a short... maybe 1/4 long... piece of wire stuck in one tire and small hunk of broken glass in the other tire.
    I know what you mean, I did check them last week and it was fine with no cords showing. It seems damage comes up fast without you knowing it. I just got it changed while it was raining outside. The new one looks good! That rib on top from the mold looks damn good!! Got me excited. I'm sure it will be gone after my first ride.

    Only got 2,400 mile out of the tire. I'm assuming that isn't good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Cutter View Post
    I read somewhere about "inspecting" tires before a ride. I had never actually looked at my tire closely before. I was really surprised that I found a short... maybe 1/4 long... piece of wire stuck in one tire and small hunk of broken glass in the other tire.
    I don't inspect before every ride, but I look at them about once a month; but I'm sort of lazy that way, I figure if their not leaking or flat their fine.
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    Had a tire with maybe 2k miles on it, got 2-3 flats in it in 50 miles or so, but the tread looked okay. The last one happened as it was getting dark - I was checking the inside of the tire for thorns etc and realized I could see light through the tire! Made it home and tossed the tire. Never did see cords on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze View Post
    I don't inspect before every ride, ......
    Not every ride?!?!? Heck.... I only inspected mine that one time!

    But I did wash my bicycle after todays ride. I've gotten grief for keeping my bicycle as close to clean-as-new as I can. But that cleaning [and oiling] time is about the only time I spend looking the bicycle over.
    If I didn't bicycle when the weather is bad... I wouldn't be a cyclist. I'd just be another old fat man... with a bicycle hanging in his garage.

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