Poor quality tyre

Discussion in 'UK and Europe' started by Jon Schneider, Feb 20, 2004.

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  1. My couple of month old tyre from Halfords seems to have failed, almost catastrophically. It seems to
    be tearing away from the rim in more than one place simultaneously. I deflated to save the tube
    immediately after taking these pictures.

    http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre1.jpg http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre2.jpg

    Branded "Vee Rubber".

    I have never seen anything like it in my n years of cycling and as well as demanding a refund will
    be making a fuss that not only is it expensive rubbish but dangerous.

    Am I alone with this experience ?

    Jon
     
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  2. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    "Jon Schneider" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    > My couple of month old tyre from Halfords seems to have failed, almost catastrophically. It seems
    > to be tearing away from the rim in more than one place simultaneously. I deflated to save the tube
    > immediately after taking these pictures.
    >
    > http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre1.jpg http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre2.jpg
    >
    > Branded "Vee Rubber".
    >
    > I have never seen anything like it in my n years of cycling and as well as demanding a refund will
    > be making a fuss that not only is it expensive rubbish but dangerous.
    >
    > Am I alone with this experience ?
    >

    It can happen and not always the tyres fault. Check first that your brake pads are square on the
    rim and do not ride up onto the side wall of the tyre. Quite a common cause of this type of
    failure. It also seems to be a problem on some rims and on some tyres that are heavily loaded or
    under inflated. There are also some tyres that are either faulty or prone to it. I've mainly had it
    happen on tandems.

    Tony
     
  3. Lee Wilson

    Lee Wilson Guest

    Looks to me as if the brake block has been rubbing on wall of the tyre, unless of course you've got
    disc brakes.

    Jon Schneider wrote:

    > My couple of month old tyre from Halfords seems to have failed, almost catastrophically. It seems
    > to be tearing away from the rim in more than one place simultaneously. I deflated to save the tube
    > immediately after taking these pictures.
    >
    > http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre1.jpg http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre2.jpg
    >
    > Branded "Vee Rubber".
    >
    > I have never seen anything like it in my n years of cycling and as well as demanding a refund will
    > be making a fuss that not only is it expensive rubbish but dangerous.
    >
    > Am I alone with this experience ?
    >
    > Jon

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  4. Nobody760

    Nobody760 Guest

    Forget the scientific reasons! I bet they were manufactured in the far East. In my experience - yes
    I did buy one a few years ago - they are crap!

    On saying that they are good for lots of miles - reckon you should get at least 294
    out of them.
     
  5. > Am I alone with this experience ? Jon

    I have used Halfords own branded tyres when hard up and vowed never to go back to them.

    Like remoulds only not as good! Exactly the same experience with their rip off of Michelin
    city grippers.

    Robert
     
  6. "Jon Schneider" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    > My couple of month old tyre from Halfords seems to have failed, almost catastrophically. It seems
    > to be tearing away from the rim in more than one place simultaneously. I deflated to save the tube
    > immediately after taking these pictures.
    >
    > http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre1.jpg http://www.jschneider.net/veetyre2.jpg
    >
    > Branded "Vee Rubber".
    >
    > I have never seen anything like it in my n years of cycling and as well as demanding a refund will
    > be making a fuss that not only is it expensive rubbish but dangerous.
    >
    > Am I alone with this experience ?
    >
    > Jon
    >
    Jon,

    With respect this is what you get when you buy bike parts from a car shop. I have
    many years experience with bikes, although not in the trade, and I have never met an
    assistant yet at Halfords that had a clue about bikes. They are invariably YTS
    teenagers or similar, who are there under sufferance, and the nearest they have ever
    got to cycling is to do a few bunnyhops of the kerb outside their school. Take the
    tyres back, demand a full refund, and then go to a reputable bike shop and get some
    decent tyres. If you are not mechanically minded ask them to check your brake
    alignment and make sure your rims are in good order. I am sure they will be only to
    pleased to help, but it might be wise not to mention Halfords or they may be laughing
    to much to look at your bike.

    Dave
     
  7. Procerus

    Procerus Guest

    "Jon Schneider" <[email protected]> wrote in message

    >
    > Branded "Vee Rubber".
    >
    > I have never seen anything like it in my n years of cycling and as well as demanding a refund will
    > be making a fuss that not only is it expensive rubbish but dangerous.
    >

    Reminds me of a brand of tyre I came across in the late 1970s that was made in the far east for kids
    bikes. It was called "Dae Yung". I kid you not!

    procerus
     
  8. Tony Raven

    Tony Raven Guest

    nobody760 wrote:
    > Forget the scientific reasons! I bet they were manufactured in the far East. In my
    > experience - yes I did buy one a few years ago - they are crap!
    >

    I've had it happen on a Nokian tyre (Finland) and a Conti tyre and had it not happen on a cheap Chen
    Shing tyre, all on the same wheel.

    Tony
     
  9. David Martin

    David Martin Guest

    On 19/2/04 10:51 am, in article
    [email protected], "Robert McDonald"
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >> Am I alone with this experience ? Jon
    >
    > I have used Halfords own branded tyres when hard up and vowed never to go back to them.
    >
    > Like remoulds only not as good! Exactly the same experience with their rip off of Michelin city
    > grippers.

    I had some halfords ones. The back tyre developed a blister on teh tread. It got up to a
    centimetre or so in size over a few days (I noticed it because tehre was a distinct bump as the
    wheel turned) and then finally went. I scrapped both tyres and bought schwalbe city jets with
    which I have been happy.

    ..d
     
  10. Simon Brooke

    Simon Brooke Guest

    Lee Wilson <[email protected]> writes:

    > Looks to me as if the brake block has been rubbing on wall of the tyre,

    I don't think he has. In my youth I wrote off a tyre through brake misadjustment, and there was a
    clearly visible worn strip on the sidewall of the tyre. There's no such worn strip on this tyre -
    look at the circles with crosses in; they look fresh and new. No, I'd say that was a
    manufacturing fault.

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  11. I got a refund and an inner tube (not Halfords brand) thrown in. The chap in the shop agreed it was
    a manufacturing fault. My brake blocks are ok, really.

    I have only used Halfords because of their opening hours and don't make a habit of it.

    The new one was £6 (Halfords noname was £9.9999999), Schwalbe from University Cycles,
    Mitchums Corner, Cambridge a fine shop where I normally go only let down by it being a sh*t
    to park the car near.

    Jon
     
  12. Dave Kahn

    Dave Kahn Guest

    "Dave Chadderton" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...

    > I have never met an assistant yet at Halfords that had a clue about bikes. They are invariably
    > YTS teenagers or similar, who are there under sufferance, and the nearest they have ever got to
    > cycling is to do a few bunnyhops of the kerb outside their school.

    This is not entirely fair. I have met mechanics in Halfords who were interested and helpful and
    knowledgeable about bikes. You need to seek out the specialist.

    --
    Dave...
     
  13. Graeme

    Graeme Guest

    [email protected] (Jon Schneider) wrote in

    > I normally go only let down by it being a sh*t to park the car near.

    Aaaghh, don't swear on URC! What the f*ck did you mention parking your *car* for!!!! :eek:)

    Graeme
     
  14. Martinm

    Martinm Guest

    Graeme <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > [email protected] (Jon Schneider) wrote in

    >
    > > I normally go only let down by it being a sh*t to park the car near.
    >
    >
    > Aaaghh, don't swear on URC! What the f*ck did you mention parking your *car* for!!!! :eek:)

    Most LBS and even a lot of _car_ shops sell similar quality tyres to the Halfords variety, only they
    are about about £4 cheaper apiece. For the £9ish Halfords charge you can pick up a decent brand
    almost anywhere else.
     
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