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    older bike - time for new tires?

    I've got a late 80's/early 90's Allez w/Continentals. Not sure how to tell if I'm ready for new tires...

    What is the best way to tell when you need to replace road tires? I don't want to find out the hard way, and have no idea how old they are.

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    OK, basic things to look for are:

    1 cuts
    2 wear that exposes the fabric casing
    3 cracks, indicating that the rubber has dried out
    4 damage to the sidewall or casing including loose threads
    5 Separation of the casing and wire bead (the part that fits tightly to the wheel rim)

    Good luck,

    Ed
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    thanks. I definately have some beginning cracks and the sidewalls are yellowed - they just look crusty but seem to be ok. I'll get them replaced...
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    If the bike has been sitting for 18+ months unused then I'd probably replace the tires. Check out the Vittoria Rubino Pros at Probikekit.com, $35 for a pair of high quality tires. I'm about to order a pair myself.
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    When to replace tires is a matter of opinion. The guy at my local shop (who I trust) tells that it doesnt really matter if the rubber is dried out, or if the sidewall looks a bit funky. The only things that really matter are that there still is some rubber left, and that there are no cuts/cracks in the casing.

    (I might be a bit more careful with a front tire, however. And sometimes worn tires do get more flats than new ones.)

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