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looks like what some would call "dry rot". The skin of the tire dried out and cracked, yet the inside of the tire is still in tack. This posses a very dangerous situation. The tire could "blow out" at any given time. For that reason alone you should replace the tire.
 

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Yup! Tire and Tube time! ;)
 

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Hey .... It happens. I see bikes all the time with tire issues. Good thing is you actually looked at the tires before you were looking UP at the tires.
 

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I`m glad you found it NOW, insteadda after a crash!

Date code inside the oval stamp branded on the sidewall info (2709) similar to that...

27th week of 2009 is the birthdate on this code...

Curious minds want tom KNOW>>>
 

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Us old timers would call the "May Pops".
Pretty serious on a bike compared to a car.
 

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Went to ride today after 3 month storage and found a crack in my tire! It hasnt lost air. Why?????
Because the crack is in the rubber sidewall, not the casing. Plus you have a tube in there.
That didn't just happen while it was sitting.....when was the last time you checked your tires?

Get a new set of tires and have fun riding this year.
 

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The date code is 0409. It's a tubeless tire and I check them all the time. I'm chalking it up to stupid Ohio winter of below 0° sitting on concrete. No matter what new tire is on its way.
 

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My mistake, from the look of it I would have sworn it was an old perished tire..

but as I said with spokes that shouldn't normally be tubeless, and as it is six years old you should fit new rim tape and a new tube

John.
 

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The date code is 0409. It's a tubeless tire and I check them all the time. I'm chalking it up to stupid Ohio winter of below 0° sitting on concrete. No matter what new tire is on its way.

There is a tube in there though, unless you sealed the spoke holes up.
 

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Looks like the bike has been sitting outside by the corrosion on the spokes and nuts. Would explain the dry rot on the tire also. I would replace both front and rear tires for safety and handling reasons. ;)
 
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