So, I normally don't look at my tire TOO often, but just happened to a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday after my ride. Good thing because there were threads showing through in at least 4 or 5 places! So I hop online and order a replacement FF Hoosier Whisper T2 (highly recommended, btw). I figured out that I had around 4500 (!) miles on my tire, since I installed it around 1600 and I now have over 6100 miles on my XR.
Figuring it could last the 3 days shipping time (which turned into a week, thank you FedEx!), I went out on my Monday ride. Well, about 4 blocks in, there was a detour on the roads I take to the bike path. I ended up in the bike lane for a bit and, wouldn't you know it, a full broken beer bottle, dark brown or green, appears in front of me and I can't avoid going right through it! Figuring I'd run over glass before, I pushed on.
At the turnaround point in my ride, I noticed a slightly lower than normal remaining charge. As I proceeded homeward, the battery was definitely draining faster than usual and I was trying to decide if the fact that I couldn't feel the cracks in the path meant my tire pressure was going down. Of course, that is exactly what was happening. About a mile from home, I had maybe 18% left and I normally get home with just over 20%. I pushed on slowly and with 5 blocks left, doing maybe 5 mph, I got the pushback and basically stopped with 6% battery left. I did the OW walk of shame and carried it home.
So here's the new vs old Hoosier T2:
I carve a LOT, but it almost looks like I don't even use the center treads, LOL.
Here's my 6100 mile XR ready for another 4k miles on the new tire (that's the original front pad and Surestance Pro Fusion back pad):
During the tire swap, I noticed both my float plates and bumpers all had broken screw holes and missing threaded sockets, so I ordered new bumpers and float plates, along with a mag handle to make the walk of shame a bit less shameful.
Thanks for reading and please check your tire more often than I do!