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Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Dayton, OH - USA
Bikes: LeMond Victoire (pure fun), Trek 1200 (commuter), Trek 930 MTB (winter commuter)
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Did you try bleeding a few psi out of the 160s to get the studs onto the ground when going straight? I'm interested in that cos it'll be my first winter with 160s this year. Thanks.[/QUOTE]
Reducing the air pressure helped. Don’t get me wrong, the M&G is a nice tire. I used it on the front all winter and was pleased with it while on the road or on the path with a fresh/smooth ice layer.
If you are in a climate (or road conditions) where it snows or ices and goes away in a few days, I think the M&Gs would be fine. I found them quite acceptable in freezing rain, heavy frost, snow and great in flat hard pack.
The bike path is a unique situation. It is never treated or plowed. When we get snow all the traffic packs it down and it freezes solid at night, then during the day it turns to slush, then kids with 4 wheelers and motorcycles drive (illegally) on it and leave deep tire marks/grooves and then it freezes solid again at night with the tire marks still there (sorry about the run-on sentence). I’m riding early in the morning and after dark when it is frozen solid. When my front wheel gets in one of those tire grooves I’m dead meat if I can’t get traction for control on my front wheel to get out.