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Old 07-03-22, 04:56 PM
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Moisture Damage on Tire?

Over the winter, I had been using my front tire to hang a wet towel on to dry after I get out of the bath each night.
Today, I noticed some fine lines on the smooth surface of the road tire (it was hard to get a photo of it). They don't appear to be deep, but there was more than one section of it. Can repeated moisture do this?
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You used your bike tire as a towel rack? Gross.
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
Over the winter, I had been using my front tire to hang a wet towel on to dry after I get out of the bath each night.
Today, I noticed some fine lines on the smooth surface of the road tire (it was hard to get a photo of it). They don't appear to be deep, but there was more than one section of it. Can repeated moisture do this?
Rubber is pretty much impervious to water. The casing of your tire might not be, so if there are cracks in the rubber or other ways for the moisture to get to the casing, that might be what you are seeing. Doubtful that this is an issue other than cosmetic and it might go away as the tire dries out.
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Were it me, I'd hang my towels from the drop bars. But my wife won't let me be me when it comes to decorating the house with old bikes so there's that.
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Originally Posted by KerryIrons View Post
Rubber is pretty much impervious to water. The casing of your tire might not be, so if there are cracks in the rubber or other ways for the moisture to get to the casing, that might be what you are seeing. Doubtful that this is an issue other than cosmetic and it might go away as the tire dries out.
Thanks. Yeah, I rode a club ride today and it seemed fine. When I got home, I couldn't even find the hair-line, shallow cracks I had seen before. I'll stop the offensive behavior and invest in a towel rack.
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Originally Posted by Chuck M View Post
Were it me, I'd hang my towels from the drop bars. But my wife won't let me be me when it comes to decorating the house with old bikes so there's that.
I would, but most of my bikes are non-aero.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
You used your bike tire as a towel rack? Gross.
I'm not sure I get your point.
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When camping and have washed the day's kit I have often used my bike as a drying rack. But at home the wife likes me to use the drying lines I put up in the basement. Andy
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Originally Posted by 1989Pre View Post
I'm not sure I get your point.
A bike tire doesn't seem like a clean place to put your towel, that's all.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
A bike tire doesn't seem like a clean place to put your towel, that's all.
I wash my tires, and the roads up here are clean enough to eat off of. I can see why you would say that, though.
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
A bike tire doesn't seem like a clean place to put your towel, that's all.
I assumed that he showers the bike first.
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This response is as detailed as possible given the inputs; or in other words, just guessing.

Bike sat all winter, tires oxidized slightly on the surface. Went for a ride, the road wore off the oxidized part of the tire.
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