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meganm2012-03-26 11:14:22 +0000 #1
I bought some Conti GP 4000 tires on sale 2 years ago, and never used them. They are still in the original package and haven't been exposed to temperature extremes (they've been indoors in a closet).

Are these tires still safe to use?
Blueberry2012-03-26 11:26:35 +0000 #2
I'd venture a guess that some LBS's have tires that are older than that one their shelves. Absent cracking, etc. I would use them.
Seajay2012-03-26 11:34:22 +0000 #3
+1 Blueberry. Thankfully we don't have anything that old on the shelf...but I would say a modern clincher style tire would be fine.

I always do a once over with 400 grit sandpaper on brand new tires. Ostensibly to remove any slimy rubber preservative.

I admit this is probably really only an exercise that makes my brain happy and likely makes no difference to traction.

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