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Old 07-18-06, 07:34 AM   #1
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Easy Tread to Slick Conversion

Take a set of treaded tires- I used my prized Top Touring 2000s
Add one hot summerday-98 degrees is perfect
Find a oil and chipped road with lots of excessive tar on top
Ride on through like you have no sense
Whala! Instant slicks.

Any tips how to get this gooey tar and peeble mix out of treads besides lots digging with a ice pick?
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Old 07-18-06, 09:23 AM   #2
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Could try a co2 fire extinguisher. Might make the tar brittle and let it flake off. Infact give that a try. Totaly deflate your tires hit them with the co2 then stradle walk your bike a around a bit and see if the tar flakes off. My guess is most of it will. Then reinflate and ride normaly after another co2 does.
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But isn't there is a chance that it would be cold enough to also have pieces of rubber flake off or crack if you get it too cold?
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You might try a solvent like auto painters use. It's the solvent least likely to dissolve the rubber, and evaporates slowly enough to penetrate. Auto Zone, Checker, and the like usually stock it around the paint section. Naturally, try it on a very small spot of clean tire to see it it is affecting the rubber. I can't think of another solvent that wouldn't destroy the tires.
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But isn't there is a chance that it would be cold enough to also have pieces of rubber flake off or crack if you get it too cold?
Possible but unlikly. You would need to freeze the rubber till it was hard from the cold before it could damage it.


Another way would be putting the tire in a freezer. Basically gettign the tire realy cold and the tar realy cold should cause it to loose its grip and of corse it will also shrink at the same time.
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Oh yuck! What's the rest of your bike look like?
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In the car racing world, that is a sign of sticky tires which are achieved by speed (and good for traction!) Oh just admit that you are one fast dude!
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The cure was as easy as the cause. I just went for another ride and most of the gook popped right off.

Retro Grouch Oh yuck! What's the rest of your bike look like?

Fenders saved a big mess on my frame.



Siu Blue Wind In the car racing world, that is a sign of sticky tires which are achieved by speed (and good for traction!) Oh just admit that you are one fast dude!


I've never been accused of being fast

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