I am a new rider and recently had a new back tyre fitted to my bike. I was warned to be very careful before leaving the tyre place, as new tyres are still quite slick even after being wiped down with acetone.
On exiting the driveway I lent the bike over, hit the gas and watched as the bike spun out from underneath me. I was blessed … I only sustained a tear to the inside ligament of my right knee and after a few cosmetic repairs was able to ride the bike home.
I would like to stress strongly that this is a common occurrence, usually resulting in a high side accident. For all our readers…
When getting a new tyre, my advice is:
- Firstly, look at the tyre … is it still shiny? Ask the techs if they wouldn’t mind re-washing the tyre with acetone and maybe even ask them to take your bike for another ride.
- Secondly, be careful which translate to “Stay upright when cornering. Go slowly around corners and gradually begin to lean the bike over as the slick wears off. This means for the first 200km.”
Use my experience so it doesn’t become your own.
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