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Old 21st June 2017, 04:11 PM
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Lads I'm looking for a bit of help. I'm fairly new to biking and picked up my first bike yesterday. The guy I bought if off said it was rarely used. The tires look like new but are very hard. A mate who is into bikes says they may need changing if the bike has been sitting unused for around 12 months.

Anyone shed a bit of light on this?
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:16 PM
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If the tyres are older than 5 or 6 years they could need replacing. Have a look see for a date stamp on em. Should give you an indication of when they were made. Tyre pressures come into it too but i wouldnt have a clue what theyre meant to be on a cruiser.
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:18 PM
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nice bike lad wear well
get a new set too put your mind at ease
you would not know how long the bike may have being lying up
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:22 PM
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Originally Posted by Beard-Face
If the tyres are older than 5 or 6 years they could need replacing. Have a look see for a date stamp on em. Should give you an indication of when they were made. Tyre pressures come into it too but i wouldnt have a clue what theyre meant to be on a cruiser.
They're newer than that (according to they guy i bought if off anyway ) but I'll have a look for the date stamp. Would cotters be good for new shoes Kevin?
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:29 PM
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Yea there fooked
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:42 PM
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Yea there fooked
Originally Posted by jp biker
nice bike lad wear well
get a new set too put your mind at ease
you would not know how long the bike may have being lying up


Thanks lads. Any suggestions on where to buy?
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:46 PM
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Cotters
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Old 21st June 2017, 04:54 PM
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cotters or mega bikes
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Old 21st June 2017, 09:23 PM
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Just being unused for twelve months means fuck all, check the date stamp if its less than six or even seven years id be using them, check your tyre pressures though.
If your still not sure get someone competent to have a look, and i dont mean a mate, get abike mechanic to look.
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What make of tyre are they? If they are a good make fine but if they are cheap shite change them, just my opinion.
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When it comes to tyres if in doubt fuck em out
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Old 21st June 2017, 09:35 PM
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Tyres sitting a year or two can warp a bit too, or have an out of shape spot. Had a nice weave in the bars due to this. Fine when holding bars, but if you let go the bars it would start to weave and get worse if you let it. Change of tyre and it was like a new bike. Better safe than sorry, my 2 cents.
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Originally Posted by hughcifer
Thanks lads. Any suggestions on where to buy?
CC's in Kells or RPM in Drawda probably more local to you
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Old 21st June 2017, 10:42 PM
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Check the date stamp .they could be fine . Unless you know them never take a sellers word . I looked at a bike last week for a mate and the "new tyres with only 40 miles " had date stamp from 2003 on the rear and 2004 on the front
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Old 21st June 2017, 11:50 PM
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Originally Posted by hughcifer
Lads I'm looking for a bit of help. I'm fairly new to biking and picked up my first bike yesterday. The guy I bought if off said it was rarely used. The tires look like new but are very hard. A mate who is into bikes says they may need changing if the bike has been sitting unused for around 12 months.

Anyone shed a bit of light on this?
Motorcycles are unhappy if unused. I would replace those things. If you are fairly new the last thing you want is another worry in your head. Besides new rubber feels great
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Old 22nd June 2017, 08:04 AM
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Regardless of brand or date stamp or warped or anything else mentioned above, by saying they are very hard you have answered your own question. Change them.
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Old 22nd June 2017, 09:58 AM
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Hard compared to what? They are cruiser tyres, so they will be a harder compound than most other types of bike tyres. 12 months isn't bad at all if they're stored properly, inflated properly, and ideally rotated regularly.

I'd start with checking the date stamp. That will tell you more than anything else. Sure you can run out and buy new tyres "just to be safe", but it's better to understand if and why you need new tyres before doing it. Buying replacement parts should come after diagnostics, not instead of it.
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Mad shite on this thread.hard?compared to what ? Go by the date stamp and even then it depends on how they were stored. The tyres are probably fine .
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Old 22nd June 2017, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by chopper
Mad shite on this thread.hard?compared to what ? Go by the date stamp and even then it depends on how they were stored. The tyres are probably fine .
It was actually me that rode this bike home for hugh as he hasnt completed his ibt yet. I remarked that i thought the bike was a bike unsteady in some of the faster bends and so questioned age, pressure etc. Theyre 2 years old and pressure on the back tyre was 33psi hot. All the numbers seem grand but the actual tyre compound is quite hard. I would have expected a softer compound near the edge of the tyre for cornering (just comparing to the feel of the pirellis and bridgestones ive ridden on) but these metzlers definitely feel much stiffer. Not sure what model they are(maybe a single compound designed for long distance and big mileage) only raised the concern about the tyres in the first place to keep my buddy safe
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Old 22nd June 2017, 03:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Beard-Face
It was actually me that rode this bike home for hugh as he hasnt completed his ibt yet. I remarked that i thought the bike was a bike unsteady in some of the faster bends and so questioned age, pressure etc. Theyre 2 years old and pressure on the back tyre was 33psi hot. All the numbers seem grand but the actual tyre compound is quite hard. I would have expected a softer compound near the edge of the tyre for cornering (just comparing to the feel of the pirellis and bridgestones ive ridden on) but these metzlers definitely feel much stiffer. Not sure what model they are(maybe a single compound designed for long distance and big mileage) only raised the concern about the tyres in the first place to keep my buddy safe
Much appreciated too man. Would be f*@kin lost without all the help Thanks for all the great info from all that lads as well. I think the best thing is to head into CC's and get them looked at.
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Old 22nd June 2017, 05:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Beard-Face
It was actually me that rode this bike home for hugh as he hasnt completed his ibt yet. I remarked that i thought the bike was a bike unsteady in some of the faster bends and so questioned age, pressure etc. Theyre 2 years old and pressure on the back tyre was 33psi hot. All the numbers seem grand but the actual tyre compound is quite hard. I would have expected a softer compound near the edge of the tyre for cornering (just comparing to the feel of the pirellis and bridgestones ive ridden on) but these metzlers definitely feel much stiffer. Not sure what model they are(maybe a single compound designed for long distance and big mileage) only raised the concern about the tyres in the first place to keep my buddy safe
You were right man. Double checked the tyre manufacture date and I was WAY off with what I told ya

Rear is 4709 and front is 1112. You were right....they need changin!
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