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Continental Road Tires(7 posts)

Continental Road Tires650Breath
Nov 13, 2001 1:32 PM
I recently purchased some 650x23 Continentals for my tri bike. THE THREADS ARE COMING OFF THE SIDE WALL! WHAT GIVES??
Has anyone out there had this problem?
re: Continental Road Tirescioccman
Nov 13, 2001 2:23 PM
I've had several 3000GP. I noticed something similar on only one. I checked it out thoroughly. I found that it appeared to be that the edge of the tread simply wasn't smoothed out as well as the rest. It appears to be a cosmetic thing with mine and doesn't appear to actually be a separation at this time.

Your situation might be different.
re: Continental Road TiresLI Biker
Nov 13, 2001 3:37 PM
Same "problem" with many Conti GP 3000's. I just pull them off and ride the tires for about 2,000 miles (rear) and 4,000 (front), baring a cut.
Purely a cosmetic "problem" (nm)Kerry Irons
Nov 13, 2001 4:53 PM
re: Continental Road Tiresroadietoo
Nov 13, 2001 7:30 PM
I thought they were designed to do that so you could do something with your bike between rides. Just kidding It seems to relate to how fresh the tires are and has never been a problem for me safety wise, just a nuisence
Yeah, I've seen this.jw25
Nov 14, 2001 7:57 AM
It's nothing to worry about, the threads aren't from the sidewall per se, but the bead chafer strip. Conti doesn't (or didn't, I think they've started recently) rubber-coat these, so threads will come off.
If it bothers you, you can pick up some liquid latex (sold to cyclists as "sidewall life" or "sidewall protector"), and brush a thin layer on the outside of the strip.
Otherwise, just pull them off and don't worry about it.
re: Continental Road TiresBirddog
Nov 15, 2001 7:39 PM
This is how you can tell genuine Continentals from the counterfeits. If there are no threads, they are probably fakes.