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Tires and other issues before the big race(3 posts)

Tires and other issues before the big raceMarlon
Jul 10, 2001 6:12 AM
Yoicks! Less than a week to go before my big race with my teammates, and I'm starting to second-guess the tires on my wheels. Not to be paranoid, but I'm deathly afraid of flatting and I've put on some milelage on the tires: slightly less 2000 miles, roughly. Tires are Hutchinson Krono Golds, no major nicks or cuts in the rubber, and the sidewalls are fine if a bit weathered. Should I replace or race them? I'm starting to lean towards replacing them just for the race, but I think it might be too late, since I do want to get some time on any new rubber I slap on my wheels.

As an aside, I'm curious as to the practices of other people before their races - what sort of pre-race maintenance rituals do you do? Myself, I know I do a complete overhaul a week and a half before, then I bring it in to my LBS for the wrench there to take a look and tell me if I missed anything or can do anything better.
re: Tires and other issues before the big racejim hubbard
Jul 10, 2001 1:08 PM
2000 miles is alot, but as you say there is no major damage to the tires. However it is always a good idea to have a set of race only tires. I have race only wheels so the tire things is not and issue. If it were me I would replace them. As for wear in just go for a 2 hour ride. Al you need to do is take the shine off them to stop stuff sticking to the tires. Hope this helps.
re: Tires and other issues before the big raceOld Guy
Jul 11, 2001 2:48 PM
Replace them.

Of course, I came from a motorcycle RR background where we replaced tires every two days at ~$350 a pop, so dropping $150 on some CXs every month ot two seems like a flat-out bargain.

Don't worry about "breaking them in." One turn on each side and they'll be fine. There's nothing like fresh rubber...