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    Newbie gmarinonc's Avatar
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    Loose thread on sidewall...

    I was cleaning and adjusting my bicycle today and a thread came loose on the sidewall of BOTH tires - about 1/8 inch above the rim. The thread was about the thickness of a thin human hair. This is kinda like the loose thread you find on your socks or your underwear. So I pulled it off. On both tires the thread came off almost all of the way around the circumference of the tire.

    Is this "normal"? Should I be worried enough about this loose thread to just change the tires outright? Or should I wait until there are other signs of stress/wear?

    These are good tires - Continental Grand Prix 4000 with only about 800 miles on them and plenty of tread left. I am a big guy - 225+ lbs - and I have already dealt with a sidewall blow-out 2 years ago on my previous pair of Michelin's (not the tire's fault - a car ran me off the road). I love to ride far and fast - so blowouts to me are a major buzz-kill.

    Your opinions are appreciated.

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    Great State of Varmint Panthers007's Avatar
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    Worry about one thread - no. If they start shedding - worry. That's the time to make a call to whoever sold them to you. But one thread? Nah.

    Just keep in mind the comedies with the guy who pulls on the thread on his shirt - and ends up stripped to the waist!
    How do you keep an idiot in suspense?

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    Newbie gmarinonc's Avatar
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    Thanks Panthers...that's the approach I was going to take...just wanted a second opinion...

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