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bad damage to sidewalls

Old 08-19-18, 06:40 PM
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bad damage to sidewalls

This isn't a question, just a story about how much of an idiot I can be. I noticed a weird bulge in the side of my tire last night and a closer inspection showed that the sidewall was fraying quite a bit:

I popped the tire off, and here's what the sidewall looks like from the inside:

I was riding on that tire for a while, and this was my daily commuting bike. I never noticed because there was dirt covering the damage. Don't worry, I bought and installed a new set of tires today and will be more diligent with checking for damage. It's pretty surprising that nothing happened on one of my rides.
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Old 08-19-18, 07:13 PM
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Bulges are almost always indicative of casing failure, and casing failure is a sign of impending blow-out. Good that you replaced the tire.
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Old 08-19-18, 07:30 PM
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Congratulations on getting just about every last mile possible from that tire.

So it's been a while since you had to repair a flat? That's when I notice tire wear. In my commuting days, I got at least one flat a month, sometimes two in one day.
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