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When should I change my tyres?

Marc Abbott, 25 January 2011 15:10

I’ve been told that the legal minimum tread limit is 1mm. Should I let the tread go this low or should I change the tyre sooner? I don’t race my bike, it's only used on A and B-roads with very little motorway use. I have checked the tread tonight and I have 1.6mm of tread left, I just don't know ...

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Tyres FAQ: Why are tyres black?

Marc Abbott, 05 August 2009 15:06

There isn't any natural rubber in a tyre's construction. But there are about 200 raw materials from man-made rubbers, reinforcing fillers, rayon, nylon, all sorts of additives and aramid fibres. Aramids are heat-resistant synthetic fibres with tradenames like Kevlar and Nomex. This mix is susceptible to damage from ozone and ultra-violet light so manufacturers add carbon black to absorb the ...

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