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2.1 ...and How Often Do You Check Your Tires?

April 09, 2013

Tires? Tires? Who cares about tires!
They should just do "their thing" and not bother me!

Yikes! Another bit of Tire wire

So, having gotten back from a 40 mile ride, I examined my tires.  I do this after every couple of rides to make sure the tires are not too worn.  They are Specialized Armadillo Elites so I seldom have flat tires on the road, but they do wear and I often find pieces of metal wire, from "road alligators" (i.e. truck tire delaminations) stuck into the tire really trying to give me a flat.

So, there were some now!  They looked like:
Yes, 1/4" pieces stuck into the tread is not what I like to see!

I've learned to periodically look for these little devils hidden away in the surface of the tire.  They are only a "dot" in appearance, but, once pulled out, they often turn out to be a bit bigger.

On the other hand, it could be worse

While the Elites do seem to give me excellent protection, about once every 2000 miles, or so, I actually do get flats!  If you look closely in the picture, I've enhanced a very nice 1/2" piece of wire that made it far enough in to give me a flat.

On the other hand, it was interesting to check the tires, on a different day, and find a piece of wire that simply grabbed part of the tread!

Or, one that looked like:

And then, there is always the thrill of having your tire cut with a piece of glass hided in some innocent gravel!

So, when was the last time you checked your tires?

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1   Introduction:Mud Splats on my bike
  April 05, 2012
2   Bike Experiences
  April 08, 2013
2.1   Checked Your Tires?
    April 09, 2013
2.2   Of Tires and Rims Strips
    April 10, 2013
2.3    Gu'y Wonder Legs!
    May 17, 2013
2.4    Of Aerobars
    May 24, 2013
2.5   A Long Distance Ride
    March 14, 2017
3   Bike Technique
  February 09, 2013
3.1   Shoulder Slalom
    February 09, 2013
4   Fueling
  February 25, 2015
4.1   Carb Loading, Sarb loading!
    January 21, 2014
4.2   Fattening Up The Greedy Piglets
    June 28, 2014
4.3   WSJ - Ease Up On Water
    February 24, 2015
4.4   NYT - Fats or Carbs?
    February 25, 2015
4.5   Hydration Bowel Cleansing
    June 20, 2015
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