|Tire Wear Gauge
Always check that tire depth with a trusty gauge. Follow our example, well, not our exact example. Once a tire wears out and hits that first steel band wear comes really fast. As Tomas can attest, this tire wore out on him almost in the same location as his last rear tire, out in West Texas, close to Big Bend National Park, 200 miles from the nearest tire dealer.
Tires at a dealer are very expensive so he drove the bike home and ordered a replacement tire saving almost $200. I wouldn't recommend riding on the steel belt, but there's a real price difference between a dealer replacement tire and ordering one online. Local installation costs $30. Can't beat that!