A few pics of a recent tire "event" I was involved in...
1500 km ride - started Day 1 with tires still looking
OK, wear bars below the contact face - but recognizing
they were worn, "a bit"...
Have often been accused of taking off my tires too early,
so this time decided to get my money's worth...
At the Start
700 km Out
Day 2 - Sunday morning - no tires for any many 100's of km's,
day or more wait - shops closed on Mondays - looking grim...
Cords showing on about 1/3 of the circumference...
Rode Home - VERY Smoothly
750 km of babying it through the corners, passing like a
VW van on hills, and being extremely tender with the throttle
Center part of cord wore away, so only thing left in the
center of the tire was a thin bit of rubber...
Frayed wires all over the inside - but it was still holding air !
Moral(s) of the story:
Aggressive day (or two) romp can take a lot out of your tire
US roads have much harder surface and/or embedded
materials, and can literally eat the rubber away
High temp day, with lots of throttle, bit of sand (drifting,
spinning in corners, etc) is hard on the tires
Can run (slowly, smoothly) for home with not much
life left on the tire
On long trips I have planned for tire changes - must
not forget... Duh !
Anyhow - in case you wondered -How long will that
tire make it ?