Is this tire no good?
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    Is this tire no good?

    I have Continental Grand Prix 4 season tires. I noticed that a piece of the mesh that covers both sidewalls was torn off:

    Does this damage the tire and make it unsafe to ride? It doesn't look like anything under the mesh was damaged.
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    If it starts bulging, then it's a problem. I don't run those tires but all those outside cords are just for show, the real cords are in the black rubber.
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    Just don't go down any hills, or over 5 mph and you should be fine.

    Seriously, though, why put your life in danger to save a few bucks?

    I strongly recommend replacing it before your next ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SPlKE View Post
    Just don't go down any hills, or over 5 mph and you should be fine.

    Seriously, though, why put your life in danger to save a few bucks?

    I strongly recommend replacing it before your next ride.
    If there is no bulge in the side wall, then the tire casing is not compromised. Concern is one thing, but it doesn't have to be irrational concern.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerry Irons View Post
    If there is no bulge in the side wall, then the tire casing is not compromised. Concern is one thing, but it doesn't have to be irrational concern.
    I'd err on the side of caution, given the GP series' poor reputation for sidewall failures.

    I trash any tire that has any part of its structure compromised, beyond simple punctures in the tread area. I hate surprises when I'm on long rides, and especially when barreling down a hefty descent where a tire failure could be lethal.

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    If your worried about those cords on those tires, I would not buy those or ride them.

    But why would a tire manf put structural cords on the outside of the tire, unprotected by anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post
    If your worried about those cores on those tires, I would not buy those or ride them.

    But why would a tire manf put structural cords on the outside of the tire, unprotected by anything?
    Probably because people were beefing about all the GP sidewall blowouts.

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    If you are worried, put it on the back wheel. Safer if you have a flat in terms of being able to control the bike. Doesn't look bad to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duriel View Post

    But why would a tire manf put structural cords on the outside of the tire, unprotected by anything?
    So they are structural now? What happened to 'just for show' like you said?


    Anyway, it's either bulging and a problem or not and not. Sticking a boot in there, even if not needed, wouldn't hurt.

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    It's a sidewall scuff, I'd ride it. If something like that is a concern on those tires it's time for a different brand tire. I agree that the structural cords are inside.

    Next time don't park so close to the curb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lombard View Post
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    Dammit!

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