I am always amused at the chicken strip stories and claims that it is somehow a badge of honour or a visable indicator of rider ability.
I understand for many noobs it is a badge of honour but it has as much real merit as the dog poop cleanup badge they give cub scouts
Riddle me this
Highway One from Ft. Bragg South -everyone gets the nubbies worn off
Do you need to push your bike to do that on that road - not really, if you can't ride you will leave the road or just fall over
Riding to Prudoe Bay nothing but centre tire wear - tough ride yes, need lots of strong riding skills yes, chicken strips still showing
Sometimes I will go through a full set of tires and they will still have the little nubblies showing and the next set in 1000 km are worn to the edges and deeply heat cycled a few times.
What is the difference
It is where I am riding (road conditions) not how I ride every day
IF you zip up and down the S2S and the road to Cypress and manage to get wear to the edges on those two roads you are likely riding far too close to the limits of your abilities and bikes. - no matter how good you are as a rider.
We are talking public roads here. see this marvelous link for the consequences of over riding your limits and he was just going straight
I have seen people look at my tires and make a decision on my riding abilities based on the sidewall wear on my tires - hilarious !!!
I would like to suggest an evening of bubble tea and belt sanding for those of you who need personal validation by "to the rim" tire scuffing