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Old 02-04-09, 11:02 AM   #26
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I also bought the 240's. Talk about supreme confidence in all conditions I have faced this winter! They are very capable winter tires. I just ordered some A10's since the roads have been pretty clear for the last few weeks. But with warmer temps going to start melting some of the snow, I am not ready to go stud-less yet, fearing morning ice. ITs a tough call, A10's, 106's, or schwalb marathons. I will try the A10's on one bike, and keep the 240's on another. Then I will have a good example of the range of studded tire spectrum.
As I mentioned, I haven't heard good things about the A10's in general, but I think this is a fantastic idea if you have 2 bikes and the one thing the A10's are very good for - clear roads that probably don't have ice, but might. Since you still have the 240's for any actual bad weather days, that sounds ideal.

Another thought is to run a decent but speedy tire on the back (like a Schwalbe Marathon Winter or a Nokian 106). Then have two wheels that fit the front of the bike and switch them depending on weather. While I would NEVER recommend running a non-studded tire on the back (I know 3 people who have tried this, then had a big crash because of it and immediately bought a 2nd rear tire), I think it's very different having a faster studded tire in the back and a more grippy one in the front. For one thing, the Peter White site claims that the only reason for side studs is to deal with icy ruts - they don't help with cornering traction anyways. So the front tire plows through the rut and the rear tire still has enough traction to push you forward. So you could have a marathon winter on the front and back for better conditions, then swap just the front wheel to one with a Nokian w240 when you get a blizzard.
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Old 02-04-09, 11:13 AM   #27
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I have the Schwalbe marathon winters on my cyclocross bike, which I use primarily for my long training rides. They've handled pretty much everything, except for deep frozen sludge and ruts. But because I pick the time/place for my training rides, this has been a non-issue.
For everyday commuting, I still prefer my singlespeed mtb, with the Schwalbe Ice Spikers. I've gone through everything with these, not a slip. I find that when roads get really icy/slushy, nasty potholes and cracks get hidden, and the wider mountainbike wheels can just roll over without problems.
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As I mentioned, I haven't heard good things about the A10's in general, but I think this is a fantastic idea if you have 2 bikes and the one thing the A10's are very good for - clear roads that probably don't have ice, but might. Since you still have the 240's for any actual bad weather days, that sounds ideal.

I have to try something. I took the long way home the other day, and half the route had a nasty, wicked, strong headwind with even worse gusts. And there I was on my flat bar winter bike with Nokian 240's ! Not trying to be a whiner, but I was killing myself for not a lot of forward progress. And the only ice I had to deal with was a few hundred feet on a bike path between two neighborhoods, all the roads were clean from recent sunshine and warmer temps. Now if I just stuck to my shortest possible route, I wouldn't care. But it is so hard to NOT want a longer ride on the way home when it gets warmer, and there is ice in the morning from the previous day's snow melt.
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