Does my rear tubular tire need to be replaced? It still holds air but I am concerned about my ride safety

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  • That looks like some really hard emergency braking!
    – Carel
    Aug 9, 2020 at 7:20
  • Yeah, it was a skid. I was doing some trenching. Not happy about it :(
    – Drewskiii
    Aug 10, 2020 at 12:06

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Yes. It needs to be replaced.

When the rubber tread is worn so far down the carcass is showing the tire is dangerous. The fabric carcass cannot provide grip like the rubber can so you risk losing grip in a corner and wiping out.

  • Thanks! Will replace :)
    – Drewskiii
    Aug 9, 2020 at 1:48
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    Concur. I'm impressed that you managed to wear out a tubular, mine die with punctures well before they wear out. When you remove this one, try to take it off in one piece and possibly save it as a last-resort spare. Can't just swap in a tube when out on a ride.
    – Criggie
    Aug 9, 2020 at 5:25
  • Thanks for the advice, will do.
    – Drewskiii
    Aug 10, 2020 at 12:07

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