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this is a used cross roads i'm looking to buy. can anyone tell me why this tire wore this way?

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I wonder if somehow it went down while it was running and in gear, and just rubbed on the street for a while...



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here is a pic of the front. i see a faint wear patter there too.

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My guess would be that the area where the previous owner did most of his/her riding had heavily crowned roads. The wear is on the left side near the center of the tire which is consistent with being on the right side of the road with a crown in the middle and the fact that it's on both tires would tend to confirm that. I wouldn't worry about something being wrong with the bike to cause that kind of wear. Letting the tire get that badly worn is piss poor maintenance though so I would give the rest of the bike a thorough looking over to make sure other things weren't ignored as well.

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the guy probley did a donut in some parking lot


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My guess would be that the area where the previous owner did most of his/her riding had heavily crowned roads. The wear is on the left side near the center of the tire which is consistent with being on the right side of the road with a crown in the middle and the fact that it's on both tires would tend to confirm that. I wouldn't worry about something being wrong with the bike to cause that kind of wear. Letting the tire get that badly worn is piss poor maintenance though so I would give the rest of the bike a thorough looking over to make sure other things weren't ignored as well.
good point. i didnt think of that. i will have to look it over closely. thanks!
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I was thinking they were running it on an oval track, but doughnuts could do it too.

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Betcha the tires are low on air too. How's brake fluids and oil look? If brake fluid is anything but clear, there's water in it.

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Not that unusual to see more wear on the left side, reason being we
(Americans driving on the right side of the road) travel further doing left hand turns-easily 2 times the distance of right hand turns & usually at higher speeds-the myth that it's due to road crown has no basis in fact-just a falsehood that keeps on being repeated by the unknowing.

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I am still putting my money on the effect of crowing combined with low air pressures. Yes, left turns contribute also, and when air pressures are low, the tire squirms in a way that exacerbates wear on the side in contact with the pavement.

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