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Tire Help Please

Old 06-17-11, 06:11 PM
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Tire Help Please

So I got a pretty decent sized gash in my rear tire about a month ago and it's been holding up well ever since. The tire is a Continental Ultra Race. I got on the trainer and it made the good ol' clicking sound every time the gash hit the trainer wheel.

It's been holding up, but I'm worried it's going to fail and leave me stranded.

So today, my LBS had a take off pair of GP4000S that were brand new and he sold me one for $45 (about $10 less than retail) and then gave me two tubes from the same bike so I was pretty happy.

1. Should I put it on right away or should I wait and see if the gash grows? The tire with the gash in it is relatively new and I like to think it will last a while, but I'm also not liking the idea of getting stranded.

2. Should I go back and get the other one so I have a matching set? I'm okay with having mismatched tires for a while, but will there be any adverse handling effects?

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1) If you have to ask, it's probably better to replace the tire. But impossible to say for sure without seeing the damaged tire in question.

2) There is nothing wrong with having two different tires. You may notice some difference between the two, but it will not affect how you are able to ride the bike.

3) If you do replace the tire, put the new one up front and move the current front to the back.
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