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Tires My bike just turned 13k. I know the tires are over due for replacement but so far there's no indication that the tires are worn in so far as the bike handles and rides. Should I go ahead and replace them or can I SAFELY get a few more miles out of them?

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Tires have a shelf life check out the DOT date (like 2309 means made on the 23 week of the year 2009
shelf life of a tire is 7 years tops but after five your on the risky side

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If these are the original tires you definitely need to replace them. Rubber degrades over the years and 30+ years is way beyond there usable lifespan.

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Tire wear varies depending on the compond of the tire to the road conditions to the riders style. All tires have wear indicators just like car tires. You can find where they are located by looking at the edge of the tread area, they normally are marked by a triangle or a small elephant in the case of Metzler tires. You can also measure your tread depth with a penny. Rule is if you can see the top of Lincoln's head the tread depth is less than 1/32 and needs to be replaced.

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