Join Date: Mar 2013
Bikes: Oyama East Village
Originally Posted by Null66
I'm quite pleased with marathons (38's) in wet and dry. I really like the 420's but the pluses, not so much.
I was caught in a downpour in Syracuse with a loaded bike on 420's. The water was nearly up to the bottom bracket and flowing at a good clip. I was not concerned about traction, much more concerned about unseen potholes.
On the pluses, they wear like iron, great traction and no flats do far... But they're heavy and seem to have high rolling resistance. So they are what they say they are... I pump the plus on rear up to 90 and it rides faster...
Hmmm but actually the wet metal road grill situation is not the same as flooded roads or potholes. The contact surfaces are different between these plates and tarmac. There's a sudden change in traction, from nice grippy road tarmac to sudden slipperiness.
Here's a video of the kind of an accident that I want to avoid (we drive on the left side of the road).
What's slippery on the road - YouTube
The tire I've bought is the HS-420 Greenguard.
The Schwalbe website says that the grip in the wet for the tire I have is 4 out of 5 stars.
Originally Posted by mstraus
I would expect almost any tire to slip on wet metal grates, paint, etc. I always do my best to avoid them on wet days, even if it means taking the lane briefly. If I have to go over them, I try my best to do so at a reasonable speed, no turning or braking, and being as centered over the bike as possible.
Good advice. I tend to do this also. But it's a terrifying experience. Especially when there's fast traffic approaching from behind you.
The trouble is that in Singapore where I live we have no practical bicycle lanes, only regular roads and immature laws protecting cyclists. The laws look like they were written by a 5 year old.
Last edited by Shahmatt; 04-01-14 at 08:58 PM.