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Our Tire Philosophy
We order our tires direct from the manufacturer or distributor weekly. Our tire inventory has the most current dates. We wouldn't put an old tire on one of our bikes, and we certainly won't offer you one either. Whether the tire is in stock, or we are ordering from our distributor, we will always provide the most current tire possible. Don't be fooled by online wholesalers. We can usually match or beat their price, and we will get you the tire best suited for your bike.
So, before you go online and order a tire from a random wholesaler, give us a chance to match or beat their price. We don't list our tire inventory online. It turns over too fast; however, just give us a call and we will give you a price over the phone. If you find a better price on the same tire, tell us and we will do our best to match it. Call (704) 703-2245
We do NOT mount and balance tires purchased from other sources!
Aged Tires - Beware
There is some evidence to suggest that aged tires have an increased likelihood of failure due to exposure to the environment. Ideally tires should be kept in a cool, dry environment out of direct sunlight and away from electric motors or other sources of ozone. If these conditions are not met a tire may have an increased chance of failure.
How old is too old?
This is a subject of much debate within the tire industry and no tire expert can tell exactly how long a tire will last. However, on the results of experience many tire companies, warrant their tires against manufacturing and material defects for five years from the date of manufacture.
Tire Aging Mechanism
There are three main mechanisms of tire aging. The first involves rubber becoming more brittle. Sulfur is used to link rubber molecules together during vulcanization with the application of heat and pressure, giving the rubber its useful elastic properties and strength. As the tire absorbs energy in the form of light, heat or movement the tire continues to vulcanize. This ongoing vulcanization causes the rubber to become stiffer and more brittle.
The second mechanism of tire aging is oxidation involving oxygen and ozone from the air compromising the strength and elasticity of the rubber and the integrity of the rubber to steel bond. Basically heat and oxygen cause cross-linking between polymer chains (causing the rubber to harden) and scission of polymer chains (leading to reduced elasticity).
Thirdly, breakdown of the rubber to steel-belt bond will occur due to water permeating through a tire and bonding with the brass plate coating on steel belts. This causes the steel to rubber bond to weaken leading to reduced tire strength and reduced heat resistance. If compressed air used for inflation is not completely dry, tire strength will be affected over time. Even unused tires will become more brittle, weaker and less elastic with exposure to water, air, heat, and sunlight.
Regardless of their age tires should be replaced if they show significant crazing or cracking in the tread grooves or sidewall and/or bulging of the tread face or sidewall. All tires, especially those that sit unused, should be inspected periodically to determine their suitability for service. Learn more about us today!