Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Tire question?

Okay, this is less a blog post and more of a question. I found some cracks-slits in my tire that I'm worried  about. The first had a tiny stone embedded, but it came out easily enough, the other was a bigger slit I found close by. Both are in the thick part of the tread. I'm just wondering, is it normal for bike tires to get little slits like this? Is it safe?  I dunno if they're just surface nicks and nothing to worry about, or is the tire going to disintegrate as I roll merrily down the road??


  1. I wouldnt worry to much, I have it often on my tyres. You have just ridden over a stone or some thing. Keep your eye on them. If you have ridden over road works etc these types of things are common.

  2. Fairly normal. A guy at a bike shop once told me they were amazed at the things they found sticking out of tyres when they changed them. I would still suggest checking the tyre regularly for damage and of course regular pressure checks.

    Checkout this nick in my rear tyre:
    The tyre is still holding pressure as good as gold.

  3. Raftnn & Andrew,
    Thanks for the comments! I found the nicks late last night, but I really didn't want to take the cage today!

    My first thought was to ignore it, but then head won out over heart and I decided I should get a second (more experienced) opinion than my own. Yay! I don't have to suffer in the car!

    Thanks for the link, I'll check it out this evening ... if I don't cheat and read it at work today! :D

  4. I'm not going to comment one way or another, as I am fairly anal about tires. I would probably try probing them with a blunt tipped something-or-other to see how deep they might be.

    But the other side of the equation...I know $250+ for tire and installation sucks...but isn't your life worth it?

    I, for one, would like to to stay around for awhile. :)


  5. Hi Lori,
    I thought I was picky about tires, but my biggest worry was not being able to ride the next morning - how's that for priorities. Ron checked the tires this morning and thought they were okay. For now I'll keep an eye on it.

    Oh and I did probe them (how could one not go poking around!) :)

  6. Rear tire, don't worry about it and just keep an eye on it. Front tire, keep it in mind and a close eye on it. Just watch how it wears, it doesn't look like it's into the belts or wide enough to affect handling so you should be fine.
    If you're concerned, you could always ride on the edges of your tires ;)

  7. Dear BlueKat:

    Now my reply will surprise you. How old are the tires? There's a way to read the code on the tires that will tell you the year the tires were molded. You might be surprised to find out you paid a discount price for a tire that was drying out on the rack someplace.

    I used to know how to read those codes. I will dig out that data and have it ready for you.

    What kind of tire is? Try doing a little research on the internet to find out if anyone else had a problem with that brand or model of tire. A buddy of mine just had a tire start to wear a little oddly. He discovered the manufacturer was replacing all of those tires without charge for the new rubber.

    Also, a very reputable tire manufacturer switched their tire manufacturing facilities to Brazil... And for a while, there were a lot of customer complaints about the lack of quality control, and tires coming aprt.

    So, it behooves the buyer to make sure they have a fresh tire; or rubber that is not racking up a reputation for wearing oddly, prematurely, or drying out. Once you answer those questions, you should then be able to consider other things, like proper inflation.

    Isn't it scary when I know something?

    Fondest regards,
    Twisted Roads

  8. Hi Troubadour
    Me? Ride the edges?? But but but, that means I have to lean the bike!! ;)

    Yes, of course it's on the front. I'll keep an eye on it, but it doesn't seem too bad. No cords poking through at the moment. I think it's just a small nick.

  9. Hi Jack
    Funny coincidence, my neighbor was just telling me the same thing about her car tires...the code thing. Someone showed her how to read it and I think she found out her tires were older than she realized.

    Mine are a new updated version of the stock tires, so I don't think they've been around too long. But then again...

    They're Bridgestone - Hope those are the ones from Brazil. :O

    Add to list of things to worry about: Gravel in corners, Deer, Low flying buzzards, and now Brazilian tires that fall to pieces!

    Thanks for the info. I'm keeping a watch on them. :)

  10. No such thing as being picky about a tire when two patches the size of your palm (each) is responsible for keeping you safe. I think as girls we have a tendency to think of safety a little more than our counterparts sometimes.

    I think you are going to have to take Troubadours advice and ride the edge a little more for your upcoming trip. ;)


  11. Hi Lori,
    Yes, I need to ride on that edge a little more! The tires are 'stickier' on the edges. At least that's what I tell myself. :)