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Old 01-23-09, 11:43 PM   #1
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Was having second thoughts about my studded tire order

So I was having second thoughts about my studded tire order. Could I have saved the money and gotten through winter?

So tonight I go out for a road ride after a over 32F day and all the sudden I hit black ice for the first time at 23MPH. A part of the road had turned into an ice rink. All the sudden I lost all control of the bike and went sliding down the road. It was so slick I could barely stand and fell down trying to get up a couple of times.

Honestly, it was actually fun but if I had been on a turn and slid underneath a car ... well it would have had some pretty nasty consequences.

So I'm very happy I ordered some Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires. It will give me the piece of mind to ride in safety on my cyclocross bike.
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Old 01-24-09, 07:12 AM   #2
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Once you get the studded tires and ride them, any remaining doubts you might have will utterly vanish.

I seek out ice on purpose now. I love it when I can hop onto a patch of glare ice and just ride blissfully along.
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Old 01-24-09, 12:05 PM   #3
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I actually have a set of Nokian Extreme 296 on an old mountain bike. And yeah, when I ride that I feel secure over everything. But I prefer to ride the cyclocross bike for rolling resistance and aerodynamics.

I am primarily a mountain biker. But flat bars suck when you're trying to maintain speed in a stiff headwind. And when I'm on the road with an MTB, I end up with my hands straddling the stem.
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once you get the studded tires and ride them, any remaining doubts you might have will utterly vanish.

I seek out ice on purpose now. I love it when i can hop onto a patch of glare ice and just ride blissfully along.
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I could'nt do my daily commute without Studs. I have a second wheelset. And when the weather calls for it, I switch wheels.


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I am primarily a mountain biker. But flat bars suck when you're trying to maintain speed in a stiff headwind. And when I'm on the road with an MTB, I end up with my hands straddling the stem.
This is how I solved that problem.

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once you get the studded tires and ride them, any remaining doubts you might have will utterly vanish.

I seek out ice on purpose now. I love it when i can hop onto a patch of glare ice and just ride blissfully along.
+1 Ice is so much fun now!
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There were times this last winter when I had better traction with/on my bike (with studded tires) than I did with my 4WD truck.
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I'm gonna say, tires on the truck are toooooo wide ... without asking the tire size and weight of truck.
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So I was having second thoughts about my studded tire order. Could I have saved the money and gotten through winter?...

So I'm very happy I ordered some Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires. It will give me the piece of mind to ride in safety on my cyclocross bike.
Zombie thread, but 1+. The above describes my happy experience last wnter, including the Marathons.
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I was considering getting some studded tires, I think you've convinced me.
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The problem with studded tyres is, if you stop on the ice and put a foot down, you will promptly fall over. It's easy to forget your shoes don't have the traction studded tyres provide.
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The problem with studded tyres is, if you stop on the ice and put a foot down, you will promptly fall over. It's easy to forget your shoes don't have the traction studded tyres provide.
Good tip; thanks a lot.
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When I had to stop on ice I would keep the brakes on and use the bike for support.
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Fixed wheel + Trackstand = no foot-down and no worries.
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