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Would like some input on whether or not this should be a concern?? Never seen any damage on my tires yet, and am not sure if this enough to need to be replaced.

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Well since you are only on 2 wheels if you think it might be a concern replace the tire it is alot cheaper than having a blow out. Hard to tell from picture if it just a surface mark or if it has some depth to it.
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Would like some input on whether or not this should be a concern?? Never seen any damage on my tires yet, and am not sure if this enough to need to be replaced.

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Not sure what I'm looking for here. Are you concerned about that little paper cut looking blemish?

If so, I wouldn't. Look how think the rubber is in that area compared to your tread groove. That would have to be one deep paper cut. If it's holding air, you'll be fine.

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...Hard to tell from picture if it just a surface mark or if it has some depth to it.
Ya I know, I was trying to get a good enough pic to show what depth there is. It's not deep at all, can barely get my freshly cut fingernail into it if that helps LOL.

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Not sure what I'm looking for here. Are you concerned about that little paper cut looking blemish?

If so, I wouldn't. Look how think the rubber is in that area compared to your tread groove. That would have to be one deep paper cut. If it's holding air, you'll be fine.
Yep, that's it. It barely scratched the surface, but I really don't know at this point what is safe and what isn't. Still wet behind me 'ol ears. Thanks for the input...I'm going ridding. 75degrees, clear skies, and I ain't wasting this day.

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Yep, that's it. It barely scratched the surface, but I really don't know at this point what is safe and what isn't. Still wet behind me 'ol ears. Thanks for the input...I'm going ridding. 75degrees, clear skies, and I ain't wasting this day.
If your tires are not worn, which they appear to be in good shape, I wouldn't worry about it. If the tires are nearing their end, and you get a cut in them, then considering a replacement might be justified. As others pointed out, from the picture you've taken it doesn't look severe. But if you think it's damaged the integrity of the tire, then replace it.

How much thread depth do you have left? What's the deepest part of the cut?

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I don't have a tread gauge CrossRoads . But there is 14xx miles on the tires. Tread is nice and deep, the scratch is not. I wasn't too worried about it, but I wanted to make an informed decision whether or not to ride. I just didn't know to what degree something like this was cause for concern. I believe I'm OK though unless there's something else you can think of.

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I don't have a tread gauge CrossRoads . But there is 14xx miles on the tires. Tread is nice and deep, the scratch is not. I wasn't too worried about it, but I wanted to make an informed decision whether or not to ride. I just didn't know to what degree something like this was cause for concern. I believe I'm OK though unless there's something else you can think of.
The thread is there for you to wear down - does not provide structural support for the tire. So, it sounds like you're good to go.

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I'm a teacher so I know the old saying about "There's no stupid question", but...

Ok, that wasn't nice.. but you do have to worry about bug splats on your visor, the disruption in air flow/turbulance can cause high speed wobble.

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