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Winter Cycling Don't let snow and ice discourage you this winter. The key element to year-round cycling is proper attire! Check out this winter cycling forum to chat with other ice bike fanatics.

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Old 09-21-07, 10:00 AM   #1
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Winter Tires

I have a Trek 730 (circa 1993) that I would like to set up for winter riding in Southeast Michigan. It currently has smooth 32mm tires. What are some recommended brands of winter tires, to include mfr, model, and width?

Also, where are good surfaces to ride on in the winter, where the only issue is the snow and not ice? In other words, are the metropark bike paths safe to ride on in Michigan winters?
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Old 09-21-07, 11:26 AM   #2
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I have a Trek 730 (circa 1993) that I would like to set up for winter riding in Southeast Michigan. It currently has smooth 32mm tires. What are some recommended brands of winter tires, to include mfr, model, and width?

Also, where are good surfaces to ride on in the winter, where the only issue is the snow and not ice? In other words, are the metropark bike paths safe to ride on in Michigan winters?
Do some more searching here and also visit www.icebike.org

You aren't going to find snow where you don't find ice. At least not for long. So you can forget that. Nokian tires are the norm for ice/snow travel. Tons of threads here about nokian tires.
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Many folks here in Edmonton Alberta swear by their slicks in winter and we get winter with a capital W.

I run my cross bike in the winter when it's nicer and it's now running 700:35 Schwalbe CX Compe tyres while my fixed gear Kuwahara Cascade mtb is running Schwalbe Hurricanes (semi slick 26 by 2) and has a set of home built studded tires (1.75 Kendas) on another wheelset for when it gets really nasty.

I rode those Kendas through last winter and running a studded tire on the front was all I needed and there were few occasions when I wasn't getting enough rear traction.

Building up your own studded tires costs a fraction of what factory tires cost and they work really well.
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