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Old 12-20-13, 05:09 AM   #1
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Dilemma

Alright.....my 29er has spiked tires and my Pugsley has, well, fat tires. I just got the Pugsley and I'm really digging it. Grand Rapids is completely iced over this morning (I just watched my dog pull a Keystone Cops going outside).

The dilemma? Do I play it safe and use the 29er or do I see what my new Pugsley can do on ice? I'm thinking the safe route but the Jack Russell Terrier in me screams 'Pugsley!'.
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Old 12-20-13, 06:18 AM   #2
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If it were me, I stick with studded tires on ice.

But you sound like you want to take the Pugsley, so you could take it but leave early enough so that you can change your mind and switch bikes. Just ride around the block at first to get an idea. It shouldn't take long to find out.
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The spiked tires not doubt. There will be lots of opportunity to ride your Pugsley over the next winter.
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You guys were right. I overcame my new bike thrills and took the studs. Glad I did. It was pretty nasty out. For the cars, anyway. I'm the only one at work now.
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They make studded fat tires, ya know.
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Luckily it was warmer over on this side of the state, but I'm using the studs anyway (it's my other choice other than slick 23s). Luckily because ice causes the cars to lose control, not me.
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Go with the spiked tired bike. No sense ending up in the emergency room.
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I got studded tires for my new fatbike. You go down just as hard on 4" tires as you do on 2" tires. We have ice all winter in the places I intend to ride my fatbike.
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Ice = studs every time.

My moonlander is just a tiny tiny bit more stable on ice than a skinny tire non studded bike only because it's easier to keep it straight for very short stretches but by no means is it an ice warrior. You go down just as fast, and I have. But like the OP I have a bike with studs so I'm not investing in studded fat tires.
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I reserve learning ice handling skills to practice on frozen lakes. (we used to play a home brew form of bicycle soccer). Riding in the real world with traffic isn't the place to experiment. Take the puglsey out where there's no traffic and give it a good workout so you have a basis for future decisions.
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I reserve learning ice handling skills to practice on frozen lakes. (we used to play a home brew form of bicycle soccer). Riding in the real world with traffic isn't the place to experiment. Take the puglsey out where there's no traffic and give it a good workout so you have a basis for future decisions.
There you go with that common sense again! Hadn't considered this!
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Just took the Pugsley out on a few errands...it behaves a lot like any other bike w/o studs when on ice. The roads are mostly clear now but there's still some real slippery stuff here and there. I found one patch and went down. Nothing hurt but my pride.
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They make studded fat tires, ya know.
yea same QBP.
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