ride for a change
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Bikes: Surly Cross-check & Moonlander, Pivot Mach 429, Ted Wojcik Sof-Trac, Ridley Orion. Santa Cruz Stigmata
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I'm not really sure, I can say this, I never crash, except on ice. It sucks, it's hurts, it's cold, and it's really hard to predict or see black ice.
Studded tires are the only thing I can recommend. They work on ice for sure, they are not perfect but they make it possible and fun for me to ride year round. Unfortunately that probalby isn't an option for you and your road frame clearance issues. I use the Nokian W106 35mm tires, these are probalby the thinnest studded tires out there. Now that you live up here in the frozen north, You may have to think about getting a winter beater and putting some studded tires on it. Probalby not what you wanted to hear, but it's my best advice.