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Old 12-02-06, 11:28 PM   #1
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Winter tires for a road bike?

I have an older bike which someone was getting rid of and I took. It turns out that it is quite a nice road bike. The main problem right now is I have very slick road tires on it. I don't know the measurements, but all I know is that they are super thin. I want tires that will work a bit better in snow. How can I find out what tires will fit?

Then there is the burning question of converting to singlespeed, since I'm a bit of a unicycle junky. But I think I'll leave the gears on this machine.
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Old 12-02-06, 11:35 PM   #2
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What size wheels do you have? The ultimate in winter tires are studs, but they only come in 700c and 26". Next choice would be cyclocross tires, which probably don't come in many other sizes either.
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Old 12-03-06, 12:03 AM   #3
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I took one of the tires off. I can hardly make out the writing but here is what I see: 700 x 28c

I'm mainly worried about rim width. They are road rims and this tire is a road slick. So what options do I have?
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700x28 is NOT "super thin". Trust me. That's plenty thick and comfortable. When you said "super thin" I thought it would be 23mm "race" tires.

In the range of 28-32 is practically an "all terrain" tire, and there should be plenty of choices available to you.
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I think that these might work well. They are in imperial, not metric. They are slightly bigger than 28mm, but not too much. They also look like if I ran them at lower pressure, they would grip.
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You have to use the 700 c dimension if that is what your rims are made for. If your frame has room for them the 106 stud Nokians are great winter tires.
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27" is not equal to 700c. (See here.) You cannot use those on your rims. There are plenty of 700c tires around that would fit your demands.
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my coda came with 700x28 henderson slicks, fwiw. aside from having to buy tubes for them, there was no problem mounting the 700x38 schwalbe snow studs that i bought for $55 each from mec.
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