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    noob gets first bike, hates tires

    OK, I just got my first ride. Well i dont count the crap i had growing up so its my first real ride. Its nothing special , a giant rincon. I like the bike so far. The shop did a great job of setting it up for my height , measurements, etc. I thought i would cruise on the road a bit and do some light trails. Behind my house there are plenty of large hills of soft silty clayish dirt from new housing developments. Some are fairly high and very steep. So i figured i would try that. WOW, i had a great time and now im thinking the only reason one might ride on pavement is to get to a good trail or other place to ride. But I had one serious issue. It has been raining a lot in tennessee and the tires just get all gummed up with mud. It wont come off the stock tires and after a few good hills i cant get any traction going up. Are there some good tires for slick muddy conditions?
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    clay mud will stick to just about any tire, so theres not a ton you can do about it. but look for a tire with a wide open block spacing for better mud shedding capability. id go to a few shops and ask them what works well in your local soil conditons, as tires are VERY terrain specific.

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    got the climbing bug jsigone's Avatar
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    talk to local riders, see what they use. Most LBS workers ride almost every day. So they know what works and what doesn't on the local stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsigone
    most LBS workers ride almost every day
    I would LOVE to know what bike shop/employees actually have time/desire to ride that often! Most of us are lucky to get out once a week.
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    I would LOVE to know what bike shop/employees actually have time/desire to ride that often! Most of us are lucky to get out once a week.
    Same here. Of course I like to commute by bike so I get to ride in that sense.


    I HAVE to do this.

    It's the TIRES! He hates these TIRES! Stay away from the TIRES!

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    Yeah, I "commute" too, but its all of 2mi, and I usually take the P.1 and hit some stairs on the way there... hardly a commute at 8mph on the sidewalk.
    commuter turned bike mechanic turned commuter (also a Velocity USA employee, but this is my personal account)

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    I drink your MILKSHAKE Raiyn's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by seely
    Yeah, I "commute" too, but its all of 2mi, and I usually take the P.1 and hit some stairs on the way there... hardly a commute at 8mph on the sidewalk.
    Mines signifigantly longer

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