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Do I need new tires??(3 posts)

Do I need new tires??10kman
Jul 29, 2003 7:22 AM
Hey all,

I'm new to road biking (not new to bikes though), and I was inspecting my tires the other day, and noticed some cuts in the tires.

I took the tire off and felt the inside of the casing, and the small pieces of glass didn't puncture through, so I figured all is well.

Am I right to assume this?? Or is the tire on it's way out? I only have like 600 miles on the one, the front seems okay so far.

Actually, to generalize this more, how do you know if the cut is too big, and you need to replace the tire???

Trying to avoid an explosion while riding......


Hard to tell by remote control, but probably notSilverback
Jul 29, 2003 8:37 AM
600 miles isn't much except on a racing tire, and it's common to have cuts in the rubber. It's pretty thin and there's a lot of glass etc. on the road. The rubber doesn't have much role in the tire's structural integrity, though. From your description, I'd guess you're OK.
Watch for cuts in the casing. Road tires hold a lot of pressure, and they can spread pretty fast once they start.
thanks a lot......10kman
Jul 29, 2003 8:43 AM
Thanks for the answer. I figured as long as the casing wasn't cut, that it'd be fine, hence why I unmounted the tire to check it out.

Darn glass on the road.......