Released: 09 May 2018 3:11 PM
Tyre what? Not skinnering about you. Yes, tyre shaving. We’ll forgive you if you’re not familiar with it, as this art has understandably become less popular and less necessary in the time since the radial tyre overtook the market in the ’60s and ’70s. Before then, tyre manufacturing was not very accurate and new tyres actually came with extra tread—they were so far out of round, you’d need to have your installer shave tread off to make them circular or “true.” And so, shortly after the radial tyres’ popularity brought with it advances in tyre manufacturing, those tyre shaving machines and the guys that ran them began to fade away.