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Do I need to protect my tires?(5 posts)

Do I need to protect my tires?xandre
Jan 23, 2004 11:47 AM
Just wondering if I need to protect my spare tire. I know it's a tough tire, but I'm just not sure if anyone else carries one like this other than triathletes. Mainly, I'm just worried if it's okay to keep it stored like this for long periods of time..UV damage, rotting, etc etc.... Thanks.
re: Do I need to protect my tires?xandre
Jan 23, 2004 11:57 AM
Oh..btw..I'm not crazy, I'm just paranoid as hell. I know a lot of you don't carry around a extra tire with you, but I've only been riding for a couple of months now and I've already lost track of how many punctures I've had (thorns, screws, nails, etc etc. I've already gone through one tire because I was too busy looking at some gurls stretching on the guard rail and wasn't lookin where I was going and sliced my tire open. WOo hoo! I hate calling for rides. Just a lil info bout me. Thanks for the info guys.
YesKerry Irons
Jan 23, 2004 4:32 PM
The picture you show is of a tubular tire, and though it is considered "hard core" to just carry the tire with a toe clip strap, it's a poor way to do it. Between sun, road grit, and water when you get caught in the rain, a tubular will be in pretty poor shape after 500, 1000, or 2000 miles hanging from your saddle. You'd be lucky if the glue would work at all. Even putting the tire in an old sock will be a big improvement, and putting it in a tire bag is even better. Your second message makes it sound more like you're riding clinchers, but the same issue apply, though not as forcefully. Picture a clincher that has been splashed with glass shards, bits of sand, etc. - it's the wrong thing to be mounting on a wheel and not expecting a flat shortly thereafter as some of that debris cuts into the inner tube. If you are riding clinchers, most people will do just fine carrying a couple of squares of Tyvek (the white "fabric" envelope material) to boot a tire rather than needing to carry a spare clincher.
Thanks for the info..it'll helpxandre
Jan 23, 2004 5:51 PM
Tyvek ehh...sounds good..I'll look for it on the net. Thanks a lot, and I should've mentioned it, I use clinchers. I'll probably just end up bringing the spare tire with me on long rides only, probably inside a zip-loc freezer bag with some baby powder in it. Thanks for the info Kerry Irons
FedEx envelopepitt83
Jan 23, 2004 5:58 PM
That's Tyvek. Or the wrap you see around new houses. A scrap from a window would last a lifetime.