Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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There is a tyre termed as a Semi slick. It has knobbles at the side, but a very smooth tread in the centre, so when upright on tarmac you are riding on the smooth part of the tread, and when you hit the softer dirt trails, the side knobs start biting and give traction. Then if you start leaning the bike on trails, you still have the knobbles to bite. Absolutely fine on dry trails and even offroad in the dry, but show it a bit of wet grass or mud and you will find out how heavy the bike is.
On the "When is a tyre worn Out" I check for three things. I ride offroad and I am afraid I do not wear the tread down- what I do is put cuts across the carcase and rip the Tread to bits. If I can see the tube when inflated on even the smallest hole- that is finished. Then there is the sidewall and if I see any "Age" cracks the tyre is dumped. Then If I consistently get punctures on a tyre, It is cheaper to change the tyre than buy another 5 tubes to keep it going.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.
Last edited by stapfam; 01-03-06 at 06:12 PM.