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Some chewing gum could plug that hole. Probably last another thousand miles.
DoubleMint or Juicy Fruit?


BTW, chewing gum is actually illegal here, but that is one of the few things you WON'T get executed for....



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I thought it was common knowledge that only Juicy Fruit can be used for tires. You know to NEVER EVER try Bubble Yum, right? We all know what happens. No reason to go into graphic details.

So - on the illegality of chewing gum - is it simply not sold, or just illegal to have out in public? Does a black market for such exist??

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So - on the illegality of chewing gum - is it simply not sold, or just illegal to have out in public? Does a black market for such exist??
Sorry, it's simply not sold, and it's also illegal to possess it, either publicly or privately. An orderly society like ours would NEVER have a black market of ANY variety.....

A-hem..... <cough> cigarette smuggling from Malaysia, for example! <cough>

We do have a Red Light District, though!! Go figure....


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Sigh....

Double posting sucks. Dad-gummed technology!!!






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It’s good to know that I’m not the only one that can find themselves riding on a worn out tire.

I had to replace my back tire in October while on a road trip to Arizona. It was worn out!
I had looked it over in September before heading for Montrose and it look pretty good, but neglected to get down and look at before heading out a month later. While on the road heading to Laughlin I checked it and replaced it as soon as I could in Kingman, Az.

They told me that I got my money worth out of the tire!

I have been watching my front tire very closely. I have a new one to put on, but waiting until I need it. Soon very soon.

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I have been watching my front tire very closely. I have a new one to put on, but waiting until I need it. Soon very soon.
Honestly then, it's time to change it. Once you feel you need to watch it closely, your confidence may start to diminish. You may start behaving a little more delicately with the bike, and start doing things to "save" as much as you have left of the tire. A little less-aggressive braking as one example.

Such a change in behaviour can start making you ride overall slightly differently, and, ironically, may promote you getting into an accident.

Also, tires experience more issues in the last 10% of their life than in any other stage.

I used to "get every mile" - now I've changed, and the moment I'm looking any tire a little suspect, I order a new one.



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I used to "get every mile" - now I've changed, and the moment I'm looking any tire a little suspect, I order a new one.
I'm with you, Rusty. Having personally experienced a rear blow-out at speed has made me an absolute fanatic about tire safety. If they are not 100% safe, I simply do not ride.
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Same here. It about killed me to replace my front this spring with only 2K on it. One teeny little screw and a pinhole leak totaled it for me.

Back in the day I would have patched it and rode on....no more. I like my skin too much these days.

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