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Old 02-18-07, 03:41 PM   #1
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"break in" slicks?

hello all,
i just traded in my 32knobbies for 25slicks. first time ever riding slicks. i heard somewhere that they should be broken in. does that just mean that film of rubber/whatever that comes on new tires should be rubbed off? i was taking a turn on wet walkway when it slid out from under me. i think due to that factory film on the side angle of the tire.. moreso than wet ground or turning factors. definitely wasn't going very fast. certainly not turned off of slicks. the ride is a dream! but oy, can't see myself riding for about a week on account of the bruising and bleeding.
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Old 02-18-07, 06:17 PM   #2
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I've never heard of breaking in any tire other than studded ice tires.
And any manufacturing film left on the outer surface of the tire will wear off in a mile or two and should not impede the performance of the tire in the first place.
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Old 02-18-07, 06:42 PM   #3
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+1 to what Cricket said. I've never heard of breaking in tires.
I'm betting you just hit a spot of oil or some other slick spot in the road.
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Tires have mold release on them. The stuff is pretty slick, but I have not seen instructions for breakin on bicycle tires(They do have it on motorcycle tires).
The stuff can be scrubbed off with soap and water.
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Old 02-18-07, 07:22 PM   #5
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+1 to what Cricket said. I've never heard of breaking in tires.
I'm betting you just hit a spot of oil or some other slick spot in the road.
Another +1. I work on a wet concrete floor with constant spills of mayonnaise and cream cheese. Even with an anti skid coating on the floor and special boots it is scarey.
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Do what they do in F1, just do a few burn outs and weave your bike left and right across the road a few times.
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You do that to heat the tires to operating temp. Guys on street tires do it becuase they think it makes them look cool. It does not.
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Just don't do what alonzo does, he weaves like he's having a heart attack.
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Another +1. I work on a wet concrete floor with constant spills of mayonnaise and cream cheese. Even with an anti skid coating on the floor and special boots it is scarey.
shoes for crews are unsinkable.

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New tyres are coated with something that Gives them a "New" look before they are used. Wheteher this needs to be Removed or not I do not know.

Whether it be a new tyre- or a refitted tyre- I always take it steady for a few miles. Just in case of structural failure or having been badly fitted. Bit difficult to do after a puncture and you are trying to catch your mates but it is advisable. The only time I have had a problem with a new tyre- A slick by the way- was on a wet morning and it felt a bit squirrelly. I had not realised it but the road had some fuel or oil on it and it did take a long time to get comfortable on it.
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You do that to heat the tires to operating temp. Guys on street tires do it becuase they think it makes them look cool. It does not.
I beg to differ, a burn-out on a bicycle would be very cool.
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I beg to differ, a burn-out on a bicycle would be very cool.

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Old 02-19-07, 02:37 PM   #13
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sucks about your forced vacation good to hear you'll be back in the saddle again
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Wesley's Bleche-White is the absolute best product for cleaning off gunk from your tires.

you can get it at any auto parts store. it will make them dull though, since it does clean every contaminant off. if you like the 'armor all' look, it's not for you.
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after a few days of wincing at bandage changes, i'm just pissed at myself for not being more careful. it probably was the slick ground that did me in.
the film on the tires isn't anything to make the new tires look better. it's a whitish residue that makes em look.. not so nice. the stuff can be rubbed off with fingers, kind of like adhesive residue. i guess i should've "broken in" the tires on dry ground. by that i mean rubbing off that stuff simply by riding on them. the center of the tires were clean of it, but the sides still had them by the time i slid since i hadn't turned on them much yet.
sorry bout how all this is written. terrible syntax. cabin fever has set in on account of being immobilized by the fall.
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My local wrench who worked for years on the pro circuit breaks in new slicks by carefully running a dull knife over them. It seems to work as I found my new tires had much more grip than I expected from new tires when I rode away from the shop.
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Old 02-20-07, 03:41 PM   #18
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A 3M sanding sponge (fine grit) and a little bit of rubbing alcohol--if you're concerned about it.

On my motorcycles--where this is a concern--I just run 'em at a lower PSI (so as to flatten out the tread) and gently ride 'em for a few miles to accelerate the 'scrubbing in'.
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yes, tyres should have the shiny mold release compound worn off or rubbed off before you flying around corners at 30mph, so I guess we could call this 'breaking in' a tyre. Some guys I know take a bit of very fine sandpaper and run in along the sides of the front tyres as they're riding.
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...or do it at home using your trainer and save the road going circus act.
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