How many kilometers to expect from old Avocet Cross tires ?
I've had those tires for about 8-9 years now, just haven't used them much. Now I'll be touring next summer and I wonder if the fact that they are old will make the (dry maybe?) rubber wear faster ? They were stored in a dry but cool basement. Oh and they are 26x1.25".
They look pristine, but they may have some dry out awaiting. They are very, very durable and were my favorite touring/dirt road tire and I miss that Avocet went under and they are no longer available.
That said, they are heavy beasts and if not riding dirt roads, I'd consider replacing for a slick/tourer tire that weighs less. My current favorite is a set of Michelin City Trekking that run about $30 ea.
Bicycle Repair Man !!!
I run a set of these on my path racer... these were also NOS and in very good shape with no cracking and simply love the roll out and speed they offer.
bring a 3rd tire, on the tour , just in case.
Thanks for the replies everybody. I've always heard good things about them which is why I bought a set when their qualities were taken for granted. It is a shame that they are not available anymore, and that no one else offers a tire with similar tread design. I guess I should be fine for a good part of the tour.