Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Arkansas, Land of Opportunity
Bikes: 1984 Trek 620, Fisher Y-bike, Bike Friday NWT, Rans Rocket, Cinderella Cycles Model 1, Dahon Mariner & Boardwalk, Bike Friday tikit, 1977(?) Raliegh DL-1, Disc Trucker
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Fabric tire liner
I changed out a tire yesterday that had a layer of fabric between the tire and the tube. It was yellow felt, about 1 1/2" wide and adhesive on the tire side. Fairly thick as fabric goes, but no more than 1/16" when it was compressed by the tube.
I know that tire's been on the wheel about 15 years, but I don't remember seeing anything like this 15 years ago either. The tire was a smooth treaded 20"x1.75" Avocet FasGrip Freestyle mounted on the front of a Bike Friday. I don't think it was stock as the bike has a lot of aftermarket parts including hubs and spokes. The bike's in Arkansas now, but I'm pretty sure it was built up in NW Washington. The previous owner got it used from a guy from there, and he didn't know about the liner.
What was it for? Some kind of smoother ride maybe, or an attempt at flat protection, tho it doesn't look like it'd do much good? Was the tire sold that way, or it it a regional way to build up wheels? I don't need to know this, but I sure am curious.