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Old 01-08-03, 07:25 AM   #1
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Just Got my Studed tires

Well, my Nokian Hakkapeliittas arrived last night. They look great. As soon as I get them on my beater bike, I'll be riding again - Ice or no ice.

The label says that they are from Finland. I guess it's a cultural difference, but the label looks a little goofy to me. There's a picture of a 'clean cut' man who looks like someone out of the 50's and he is saying "Hi, I'm your dad". I guess that he is talking to someone who doesn’t know who his/her father is! :confused: Doesn’t make sense to me, but the tires look like just what I need.
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Old 01-08-03, 07:36 AM   #2
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enojy the snow and ice Mike!

i've been happily riding the last 3 days in snow and ice here in Munich and haven't felt the least bit shaky on the frozen stuff. i went riding with a friend and he was all nervous 'cause he had no studs, but i tested mine a few times braking and had great traction. i hit the local trails on Sunday with about an inch of snow and ice and it was great. yesterday all my coworkers were complaining about the traffic jams from the snow and i just cruised through it all almost as fast as usual.

by the way, mine are Schwalbe non-agressive studs with studs only on the outisde of the tread. they're a little cheaper than the Nokians but i'm not sure if you can buy them outside of Germany or Europe.

hope you enjoy riding with the studs. i love mine!
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You're going to love those tyres. Be careful though, they will inspire tremendous confidence, even to the point of over confidence, and that's when you'll go down (yes, I speak form experience ) .

I remember wondering what "Hi, I'm your Dad" was supposed to convey and I did keep one of the labels just because it seemed so corny.

Only thing left to do now is discover some female cyclists who are interested in riding with studs.
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I am still waiting for the delivery of my studded tires. I orginally ordered Nokian Ground & Mount's, but my LBS's supplier said they were out of stock for the rest of the season. So, I ordered the IRC Blizzard. It was the only other studded tire the LBS offered, so that is what I'm getting. The Blizzard's have a different tread than the Ground and Mounts, but they do have the same outside placement of the studs. I will only be using them for commuting, so I don't need anything too aggressive.

I should have them by the end of this week, but unfortunately, the snow seems to be a little behind schedule.
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The model I got doesn't have many studs on the side, and they are not too too aggressive, but Icebike says that they are good for icy roads, which is what I want.

What with working long hours, it will probably be a few days before I can get the tires on my bike. Hope I make it before the weekend.
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:thumbup: You have a very good tire.I've had nothing but good luck (knock on wood) with my set for the last two winters,Good choice MikeR.
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Hi, MikeR, and congrats on your tyre choice. I have been riding with Hakkapeliitta W106s for a couple of winters now, no complaints so far. I was a bit concerned about tyre wear at first, but fortunately we've had plenty of snow during the last few winters. It seems I have a good 2-3 winters left on the tyres at least.

About the label: it's corny. Nothing cultural to it.

Enjoy your winter rides!

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About the label: it's corny. Nothing cultural to it.
But I find it very confusing. IS he saying that he is MY father?
(if that's the case why wouldn't I already know that)
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Is he saying that a typical father would want his kid to be safe by using these tires?
or
Is it a quote from an advertisement that goes on to talk about the tires?


Thanks for the news about the tires. Glad to hear that they are good. I just discovered that this company also makes my cell phone. They have a very good reputation in this country.
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But I find it very confusing. IS he saying that he is MY father?
(if that's the case why wouldn't I already know that)
or
Is he saying that a typical father would want his kid to be safe by using these tires?
or
Is it a quote from an advertisement that goes on to talk about the tires?
I really don't have the faintest idea, but I always thought it's the "be safe, kids". They advertise very little here, and when they do, it's car tyres. I haven't seen the Corny Dad anywhere else except in the label.

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I just discovered that this company also makes my cell phone.
Getting off-topic here, but it's not the same company anymore. Back in 1980's Nokia used to be a very diverse company manufacturing tyres, rubber boots, cables, computers etc. They gradually sold other parts after deciding to focus on cell phones and network systems.

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it's the "be safe, kids".
Thanks for the info, and the corporate news.

I just read about a summer bike tour in your country (it was in the Adventure Cycling publication). Sounds like a beautiful place to cycle.
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