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Off-topic Climbers who ride version 2; MOTORcycles 15-Dec-2008 At 9:32:33 PM mockmockmock
On 28/11/2008 IdratherbeclimbingM9 wrote:
>... week is all but over now.
>If the weather is still rainy take it easssy on the road comrade.
>... In fact that applies to new tyres anyway for the first 100 km (imo),
>due new rubber is often quite slick till roughed up a bit with some wear.

Hey M9

Do you mind if I clear this up for you?

It's NOT a mileage thing. Most shops will use a scrubbing compound these days for you. The reason tyres are slippery is the silicone mould release coating.

Even if you ride over 500 km, if you never lean the bike over, your tyres will still be slippery. It takes little more amounts of lean angle to wipe off the coating and clean the rubber.

When I get new tyres fitted I'll GENTLY weave it along a straight piece of road tyring for a little bit more each time. Then I'll go find a roundabout and do a couple of laps, or a free way entrance , exit system. I like a little local hill to run up and down slowly, just for a few more edges. I can usually scrub new shoes 90% in, in less than 50 km. I say 90% percent because until I get out and have a serious play I won't get my chicken strips down, but that regime will have me down to about 1/2" strips front and back.

so once you've got rid of the release agent, you're pretty much good to go.

Hope it helps


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