Old bicycle tire with sidewall blown out.

Old Bicycle Tires are Dangerous – Rider Beware

Bicyclists should replace old bicycle tires before riding on them.  The tire pictured is a road tire on a mountain bike (26″ x 1.5″) and looked normal, with no damage.  It still had good tread that showed  very little wear.  I pumped it up like I always do and took the bike for a ride.  I rode about one block and back.  After I went inside I heard what sounded like a  car backfiring.