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Life span of tires(4 posts)

Life span of tiresUncleMoe
Aug 23, 2001 8:48 PM
I took a break from road biking for a few years, bought a bike that actually is fun to ride (my hand me down 56cm frame was too big and 12 years old). Anyway, now I have a bike that fits and I'm having a blast.

Today I was digging around over by my old bike and hanging on the rack is an unused 700x23 cm Continental Sport tire (what it says on the tire) that I must have bought for a spare two years ago and never used. It is nothing special, no Kevlar or anything.

My question is, should it still be good, or is two years too long to sit around? it was on a rack just hanging free, so its not like it was covered by junk. I also live in San Diego where it is low humity and little rain, so it has low rot potential.
re: Life span of tiresDINOSAUR
Aug 23, 2001 9:05 PM
For what it's worth; I blew a front tire that had been "hanging around" for awhile. The outcome was five factured ribs, a conscussion, a bad case of road rash, mutiple contusions and abrasions, and a seven day hospital stay. IMHO it's not worth taking the risk, I'd chuck it.....
I just now changed my mind. (nm)Spoke Wrench
Aug 24, 2001 6:33 AM
Good enough 4 me - thanks - and ouch! (nm)UncleMoe
Aug 24, 2001 7:26 AM