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Do I need new tires?

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Borrowed a front wheel during a day/night event last year after I got a flat. Old mate said that the tyre was a bit old. (Later read the label: 10yrs)
Within 20 minutes I was washing out the front end and came off twice. Shone the helmet light at the tyre and saw that it was shedding knobs like mad. Was able to ride the next couple of hours and finish the race but it was hairy.
So if planning any important or interesting rides you need to replace those tyres!

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I personally believe fresh tires are a matter of safety and increase the fun factor. I’ve noticed when I start asking if I need new tires, I already know the answer. The cost of damage to your pipe and other parts of the bike from increased wipeouts justifies the cost of replacing tires more often. Also, nothing makes me feel like a better rider and more confident than fresh rubber :-)

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