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    urban winter tires?

    Any recommendations for a winter tire for urban roads? I don't think snow will be much of an issue (this could be optimistic), but I am concerned about traction on wet leaves, gravel, ice patches, and all the junk that seems to accumulate in the winter on the sides of the road. After reading reviews of the Armadillos I'm not really sold on them because of their allegedly harsh ride (I ride on some rough streets and have a couple blocks of cobblestones to contend with). I have kenda kontenders now, which came stock on my fuji silhouette, and currently am getting a flat about every two weeks, which is getting tiresome. Should I be looking at cyclocross tires for traction or something slick but more flat resistant? Or something else entirely?

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    Look into this site and you can also join the Emailing list http://icebike.org/latest.htm
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    I recommend something slick, kevlar-belted, and relatively fat. On paved roads (and dirt roads packed by car tires really) aggressive tread does more harm than good for traction. (see sheldonbrown.com's explanation.) If I were riding on cobblestones, I'd go for fairly fat tires. For non-racers, there are few reasons not to use fat tires. (deep snow is sometimes a reason for narrow tires, though.)

    Getting flats all the time is a huge pain, and i don't see any reason you shouldn't use a kevlar-belted tire. There are plenty of competitors to the Armadillo (I use one made by bontrager) and they're probably all about equal.
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    --Steeker, I did look at icebike, and only found reviews of studded tires, which I don't think I will need. Is there a part I missed on non-studded tires on that site?

    --Cerewa - I looked at sheldonbrown.com too, and that's where I got confused. Do you think slicks are better even when there's wintery junk on the road (leaves, ice patches, etc?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lieren
    --Steeker, I did look at icebike, and only found reviews of studded tires, which I don't think I will need. Is there a part I missed on non-studded tires on that site?

    --Cerewa - I looked at sheldonbrown.com too, and that's where I got confused. Do you think slicks are better even when there's wintery junk on the road (leaves, ice patches, etc?)
    Yuppers they have info about nonstudded tires it is on the top of the page of the link..http://icebike.org/Equipment/tires.htm
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    Yeah those leaves can be quite treacherous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STEEKER
    Yuppers they have info about nonstudded tires it is on the top of the page of the link..http://icebike.org/Equipment/tires.htm
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    Marathon and Marathon Plus. Both will be much tougher than your current tires and provide a little traction. The fatter the better as far as traction in poor conditions. A narrow maybe a slight help in some types of snow but usually a fatter lower pressure tire will work a little better for debris on the road. If your bike can't fit wide tires it is still helpful to have kevlar belted tires to reduce flat repairs in cold weather. Tire changes can be a real pain when the temperature is below freezing or if there is any precipitation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CBBaron
    Marathon and Marathon Plus. Both will be much tougher than your current tires and provide a little traction. The fatter the better as far as traction in poor conditions. A narrow maybe a slight help in some types of snow but usually a fatter lower pressure tire will work a little better for debris on the road. If your bike can't fit wide tires it is still helpful to have kevlar belted tires to reduce flat repairs in cold weather. Tire changes can be a real pain when the temperature is below freezing or if there is any precipitation.
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    Have you used the Marathon or Marathon Plus in the winter? I'm wondering how they grip on ice. Thanks.

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