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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 02-08-2009, 08:04 PM Thread Starter
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Remove mold release agent from new tires?

Getting ready for new front & rear tires. Other than riding carefully on them, any suggestions on how to remove the mold release agent from new tires? Thank you in advance!
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Can't remember where, but I've read that modern tyres no longer have this issue. Just put Dunlop Roadsmarts on my Legend & had no problem with this - first 50 miles or so was on wet/damp/cold roads, grip, handling all excellent.


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I bought Avon Storms and didn't have this issue.

I suggest a nice ride west to York!

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Mold-release compound is actually part of the tire. It does slip and slide a bit until scrubbed off. the best way to get it off is to do slow circles and figure 8's. Also since its spring ( hopefully) and you havent been riding much the lo-speed manouvers will help you get back in the groove quicker.
If you dont want to practice control technique then just rde gently for the 1st 75-100 miles.

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Thank you!!

Guys, thank you for your replies. Irl Mike, you're right - it's not the issue it was a couple of years ago. No longer using the greasy mold release.

Big Al, you're right - I spoke with some people at Avon (putting on Storm & Azaro), and was told that if I'm really concerned, to brush the tire with fine steel wool. And one of these days, maybe we'll meet in Ephrata!

Gdsila, fortunately I've been able to ride all year (although not too long when the temp is in the 30's). The Avon guy (*G*) suggested what you did also - and said to lean it over to the chicken strips.

cafetbird - I plan to! *G*
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