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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.

View Poll Results: Have you put on your winter tires yet?
Yes. 19 28.79%
No. 35 53.03%
I don't use special tires for winter but we do have snow and ice. 9 13.64%
Snow and ice? We don't have that around here. 3 4.55%
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Old 11-15-07, 08:21 PM   #1
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Poll: Have you put you winter tires yet?

Just wondering.

And additionally, if you answered "yes" or "no", do you wait until the last minute to put them on, and what date do you put them on if you don't.

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Old 11-15-07, 08:34 PM   #2
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There's no ice yet, but mine need breaking in, so yes
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Old 11-15-07, 08:53 PM   #3
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My summer tires are my winter tires.
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I mount them when the snowstorm is already in progress.
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Old 11-15-07, 09:09 PM   #5
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I ride slicks until I crash and almost slide under a bus. Then I know it's time for studs.
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I ride slicks until I crash and almost slide under a bus.
How do you coordinate your crash with the bus schedule?
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Old 11-15-07, 10:08 PM   #7
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Nokian's are mounted on the "Ice Bike" but I haven't ridden it yet.
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How do you coordinate your crash with the bus schedule?
Around my neighborhood, the buses become stationary objects on a good icy day.
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I'm waiting for a set of new wheels to mount my Nokians on. Since I'll only be using them when the snow is sticking, I think I'll be switching back and forth between regular tires and winter tires quite a bit. Having an extra set of wheels will be much easier. I expect to start using winter tires in mid-December.
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Old 11-16-07, 01:51 AM   #10
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No I haven't. I ride a mtb for a commuter and enjoy it - I ride inner city and actually (to avoid some bad intersections and bad streets) tend to jump a lot of curbs, hit some stairs plus some other interesting avenues - all in my quest to have a safer commute sans stupid drivers.

This year was to be different however as I was moving my one mtb down a status to being total commuter - build it up (which I was doing) and purchase another mtb for total off road. Poo, it was stolen, but not before I dumped about $300 into it. grrrr.

Anyway, I'm still moving forward on separating my mtb / commuting by just having a commute bike that will take that slushy wear and tear, etc - but also keeping up on the potential problems that arise from winter riding as well as other things.

Hopefully I'll establish that tomorrow when I pick up the new/used bike. Looking forward to it too - as I have some ideas for winter riding that I want to install - and thinking of studs too.
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Old 11-16-07, 02:21 AM   #11
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I put them on about a week ago, first signs of frost, and they are on.
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Watch the forcast, then do the flip.
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Old 11-16-07, 06:24 AM   #13
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I did not really put winter tyres on, as my winter bike has them on all the time. But this week I rode the winter bike for the first time this season. Just a quick spin to a nearby grocery store and back. As always, I was horrified by the rolling resistance during the first ride. After summer "slicks" (Schwalbe Marathon Racer) studded tyres make me feel very s l o w.

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I just built a new wheelset, and put the Nokians on the old wheels. I'm ready for some cold weather.
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Old 11-16-07, 06:40 AM   #15
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Yes. I actually put them on my winter bike a week or so back when we had an inkling of snow that quickly melted away. But yesterday, 15 November, the day of the original post, is when I first had occasion to actually use them. Barring any surprise thaws, I'll be on studs until April.

Winter. Bring it on!
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I'm waiting for a set of new wheels to mount my Nokians on. Since I'll only be using them when the snow is sticking, I think I'll be switching back and forth between regular tires and winter tires quite a bit. Having an extra set of wheels will be much easier. I expect to start using winter tires in mid-December.
+1

The other advantage is that gearing can be changed at the same time. The Nokians are harder to push and, of course, there's the snow too. I just don't have the stuff to push a 12-23 through the snow, so my winter wheelset has a 16-27.

I also thought I'd try stainless steel brake rotors on the winter wheelset, since the standard steel ones are already trimmed with orange from the rain. They were only $5 more, so why not try 'em? If I like them I'll get a pair for the three-season wheelset too.

So on my quick wheel swap, I change tires, gearing and brake rotors all at once.
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I live in houston.... what are winter tires
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studded on the winter bike, which has been tunedup but not used yet!
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almost did last night, but decided to hold off. If the current weather continues, I may have them on for Mondays commute.
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Wheelset with Nokians and bigger freewheel mounted and ready. Hanging in the garage waiting for precipitation. If it never rains or snows I'll never put them on.
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How do you coordinate your crash with the bus schedule?
I'll admit, it's not easy...
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I usually put mine on around the first of December.
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Been riding Nokians on my MTB this year for about 2 weeks. I've logged about 90 miles in the snow already. I'm going to try the road bike version on my cross when I can get it together.
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No need to yet I already had snow, but it's not sticking on the roads. I do need to mount my new nokian 160 mount and ground for the break in period. Now I have something to do this afternoon, like go for a ride.
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We don't usually have snow and ice. Just rain. Lots and lots of rain. Every day. All day. All night. When it's not raining, it's getting ready to rain.
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