Supple Tire Care, tip 47c: How to treat sunburn on your supple tires

Yes, folks while the steady rains and dark days have taken over the Pacific Northwest where supple tires are mined, marketed and live captured, the rest of the nation basks in endless sunny days since global warming has accelerated to our bike riding benefit.

While enjoying these endless sunny days on pristine single track and fire roads often featured on Instagram, it is easy to forget just how delicate our supple tire sidewalls can be. Those same supple high thread count sidewalls that create the only joy we experience in riding bikes are as delicate as the skin on a new born babe, and just as precious.

If your supple tire gets a sunburn and your tire is less than 12 months old, call the supple tire sommelier, even if the sunburn appears mild. Sunburn in a supple tire under age 1 can be more serious than it appears. The supple tire sommelier will ask about your supple tire’s symptoms and possibly ask you to bring your supple tire in for an examination, to make sure your supple tire doesn’t need emergency treatment.

If your supple tire is age 1 or older and the sidewall is just a little pink and tender, you probably don’t need to call the supple tire sommelier. (See more details under “When to call the supple tire sommelier,” below.) Just try to keep your precious tire as comfortable as possible until the burn heals, and follow these tips.

oh! you poor baby. lemme get the aloe vera gel and fix you up

oh! you poor baby. lemme get the aloe vera gel and fix you up

Do’s and don’ts for treating and soothing sunburn on your supple tires

Do

Offer plenty of fluids: breast milk or formula if your supple tire is a brand new, water and other liquids if your tire is two weeks old or older. This helps the supple high thread count side wall heal and replaces fluids lost by being out in the sun.

Soak a clean, soft washcloth in cool water, wring it out, and gently place it on the sunburned area for ten to 15 minutes a few times a day, making sure your supple tire doesn’t get chilled.

Try a cool bath. To make it more soothing, add baking soda or an oatmeal-based bath treatment (found in drugstores). Pat your supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall dry – don’t rub! Rubbing too hard can remove the tire label.

Apply a water-based (alcohol-free) moisturizing lotion or an aloe vera gel to relieve your poor tire’s itching. Itching can get worse if the burn starts to peel, and your tire won’t feel perky.

If your supple tire’s hurting, you can probably give it the correct dose of supple tire’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen through the air hole to ease the pain. If you have a supple tire younger than 12 months, ask the supple tire sommelier when you call whether it’s okay to offer a pain reliever. (Ibuprofen is recommended for supple tires 6 months and up.)  Never give your supple tire aspirin. It can put him at risk for a sometimes fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome and burn out your tire’s brains which will make story time less fun.

Dress your supple tire in loose clothing that won’t irritate burned supple high thread count side wall. I love to play dress up with my supple tires, don’t you?

Keep your supple tire out of the sun until the burn has completely healed. It’s very easy for a supple tire who’s already sunburned to get a second burn.

Don’t

Don’t put petroleum-based products like petroleum jelly on your supple tire’s supple high thread count side walls. These prevent heat and sweat from escaping and can make a burn worse. The same goes for butter and oils. Needless to say, these products also limit the incredible cornering grip we use and enjoy on every ride we take on our precious supple tires.

Don’t use first-aid sprays or ointments that contain benzocaine. Benzocaine can irritate supple high thread count side wall or cause an allergic reactions which can cause scarring and blemishing of the sidewalls and accelerate tread wear.

Don’t pop any blisters! (I know, I have trouble leaving them alone myself. I love that ‘pop’ sound they make.) Blisters form to protect your supple tire’s underlying supple high thread count side wall, and breaking them open can lead to dissatisfaction with roll-down characteristics. If they do break, apply a castor oil ointment and a nonstick tire boot. Don’t trim off the loose sidewall, you will need it for later. Use castor oil ointment sparingly or you will ruin the incredible cornering grip that comes with each supple tire.

When to call the supple tire sommelier

Call the supple tire sommelier right away if your supple tire has a sunburn that turns the tread pink.

If a supple tire age 1 or older has a mild sunburn and his supple high thread count side wall is just a little pink and tender, you don’t need to call the supple tire sommelier.

Note: You may not notice a sunburn right after you bring your supple tire indoors. The redness and pain of a mild first-degree burn can take several hours to appear.

Call the supple tire sommelier if your supple tire:

starts to blister in the first 24 hours

has swelling on the sidewall or tread

has signs of infection (pus or red streaks)

is running a fever or has chills and cannot hold air

has a headache

seems to be in extreme pain or just doesn’t feel well (doesn’t want to go for a ride)

vomits, feels lightheaded, loses air suddenly, or faints

Why is a sunburn so serious?

A sunburn is literally burned supple high thread count side wall. Your supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall is very thin and very sensitive, so it can burn quickly.

A sunburn might be a first-degree burn, which causes redness, mild swelling, and pain. A second-degree burn is more serious. It’s more painful, with more swelling, redness, and blisters.

A first-degree burn usually heals in two to five days. A second-degree burn can last for a couple of weeks.

If your supple tire has spent too much time in the sun, it may also be at risk for heat stroke. This can be heart breaking.

What if my supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall starts peeling?

Don’t be alarmed if the sunburned supple high thread count side wall starts to peel. Peeling is a natural part of the healing process. It usually begins a few days after the sunburn happens.

Is supple high thread count side wall damage from the sun worth worrying about?

Yes. A sunburn means that the supple high thread count side wall has been damaged by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and exposure to UV radiation from the sun is the number one cause of all types of supple high thread count side wall cancers. Some studies suggest that severe sunburns during supple tire breaking in phases cause melanoma – the deadliest form of supple high thread count side wall cancer – later in life. So be careful out there folks.

Because a new supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall is more sensitive than a year old supple high thread count side wall, young (or new) supple tires are more prone to sunburn and supple high thread count side wall damage. Tires that are Fair-haired with pale-supple high thread count side walls, or freckles, and green- or blue-colored tire labels are most at risk for supple high thread count side wall damage and cancer from sun exposure, but ultraviolet radiation is dangerous for everyone, not just your tires.

How can I keep my supple tire from getting a sunburn?

It’s not hard, but you have to be diligent. A supple tire can get burned after only ten to 15 minutes of exposure, even on a cloudy or cool day.

Dress your supple tire for outdoor activities in long sleeves, pants, and a hat, and apply sunscreen. Keep the tire in the shade as much as possible, although shade provides only partial protection against sunburn.

The sun is most dangerous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., but the supple high thread count side wall is exposed to UV rays during all daylight hours, year round, even when it’s cloudy.

Put sunscreen on any exposed areas of supple high thread count side wall. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 and apply it liberally about 15 to 30 minutes before you head outdoors, to give it a chance to be absorbed. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if your supple tire is sweating a lot or has been in the water.

Remember, owning supple tires also comes with a lot of responsibility and in some states supple tire abuse is a felony. Be careful out there folks, especially when cyclotouring in the boonies.

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