Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

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.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-06-10, 09:30 PM   #1
Sherblock
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Sherblock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Portland
Bikes: 2014 Kona Rove, 1988 Trek 660
Posts: 1,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I need help with tires...

While it isn't exactly snowing, my town is being dumped on at the moment - and probably for another 5 months - and with all the leaves on the ground right now it has gotten rather slippery. In fact, I almost fell today Any recommendations on a new set of tires? I feel like cyclocross tires might be a good idea, but has anyone here used them? Do you know of any extremely "grippy" road tires? Thanks!
Sherblock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-10, 10:19 PM   #2
carleton
Elitist
 
carleton's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Atlanta, GA
Bikes:
Posts: 13,067
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
Ask in Winter Cycling: http://www.bikeforums.net/forumdispl...Winter-Cycling

Bike Forums is bigger than SSFG.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by gtrob View Post
Roadies can run tempo all year as that's what humans were designed for. If you want to be a cheetah, lay around and lick your paws more.
carleton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-10, 10:22 PM   #3
Sherblock
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Sherblock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Portland
Bikes: 2014 Kona Rove, 1988 Trek 660
Posts: 1,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks, should I re post it or have someone move it?
Now that i think about it I can't imagine a bike being fixed having that much to do with the tires... oops.
Sherblock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-06-10, 10:36 PM   #4
Tom Stormcrowe
Out fishing with Annie on his lap, a cigar in one hand and a ginger ale in the other, watching the sunset.
 
Tom Stormcrowe's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Bikes: Techna Wheelchair and a Sun EZ 3 Recumbent Trike
Posts: 16,120
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
And welcome to Winter Cycling. Depending on the room you have, look at studded tires, like the Nokians or other brands.
__________________
. “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.”- Fredrick Nietzsche

"We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals." - Immanuel Kant
Tom Stormcrowe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-10, 07:03 AM   #5
BetweenRides
Dog Chaser
 
BetweenRides's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Chicagoland
Bikes: Lemond 853; Merlin Cyrene; Bike Friday Pocket Rocket, Kona Jake the Snake Cross, Trek 8000 MTB
Posts: 515
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sherblock View Post
While it isn't exactly snowing, my town is being dumped on at the moment - and probably for another 5 months - and with all the leaves on the ground right now it has gotten rather slippery. In fact, I almost fell today Any recommendations on a new set of tires? I feel like cyclocross tires might be a good idea, but has anyone here used them? Do you know of any extremely "grippy" road tires? Thanks!
Based on my experience on Sunday, Cross tires are not what you need for snow riding, at least not the ones I have....

I used to ride in the snow on my MTB with no issues, but it had full nobbies. My cross bike has Conti Speed Kings and they were almost worthless in the snow, not enough tread in the middle. Maybe ones with a more aggressive tread might work for you?
BetweenRides is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-10, 07:45 AM   #6
Juha
Formerly Known as Newbie
 
Juha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Helsinki, Finland
Bikes:
Posts: 6,263
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Any kind of icy surface, black ice or otherwise, or hard packed snow - studded tyres FTW. No tread can provide equal traction on ice compared to a good studded tyre. I ride Nokian W106s myself.

But if it's slippery for other reasons: mud, loose snow, leaves, whatever non icy stuff, a tyre with an aggressive tread is often a better choice. Sometimes it's difficult to tell looking from the top (and you only need that one patch of ice to go down hard), so I like to err on the safe side myself. When we begin to have freeze-thaw cycles and rain, I start riding the winter bike with studded tyres.
__________________
To err is human. To moo is bovine.

Who is this General Failure anyway, and why is he reading my drive?


Become a Registered Member in Bike Forums
Community guidelines

Last edited by Juha; 12-07-10 at 07:57 AM.
Juha is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-10, 06:12 PM   #7
Sherblock
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Sherblock's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Portland
Bikes: 2014 Kona Rove, 1988 Trek 660
Posts: 1,895
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can see I wrote it a little strangely, sorry for the confusion. We have no snow here, just rain, and often lots of it. So I don't think studded road tires are a good idea, if they even exist.
Sherblock is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-10, 06:27 PM   #8
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
Posts: 12,258
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I guess you're in the GTA area if your town got dumped on in the 6th.
The snow should have melted mostly by now on the main roads, but if you want a good snow tire fast, then here you go: http://www.mec.ca/Products/product_d...34374302693791

Other options would be a mud specific tire with aggressive knobs.

if you want rain tires, then anything will do, really, be it slick or knobby. You just have to watch out for painted lines and metal surfaces, like manhole covers, because no tire grips them in the wet.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-07-10, 10:20 PM   #9
tsl
Plays in traffic
 
tsl's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
Posts: 6,944
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 15 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sherblock View Post
I can see I wrote it a little strangely, sorry for the confusion. We have no snow here, just rain, and often lots of it. So I don't think studded road tires are a good idea, if they even exist.
It's still a little unclear to me. You're in a place where it rains in winter, not snows? And you're slipping on fallen leaves?

The problem with wet leaves, at least in my experience, is that even if you get a tire that grips the leaves, the leaves skid across the road, taking the tire with them. The only solution is to avoid the leaves, or at least avoid turning while on them.

In plain wet weather, I've found Continental Grand-Prix 4-Seasons to be extremely grippy. I run the 28mm ones on my commuter in the three seasons, and the 25mm on my roadies.

And yes, if you can fit cyclocross tires on your bike, you can fit studded snow tires. I run the Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 on my commuter.
tsl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-10, 12:03 PM   #10
LarDasse74
Guest
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Grid Reference, SK
Bikes: I never learned to ride a bike. It is my deepest shame.
Posts: 3,769
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I agree... just standard ol' road tires will work as well as anything. But if you are on wet leaves you are SOL (sadly out of luck) no matter the tire.
If you are in Toronto watch out ofr streetcar tracks in the rain - I never had a problem with them in dry conditions but they are certain death in the wet.
LarDasse74 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-08-10, 12:31 PM   #11
AEO
Senior Member
 
AEO's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: A Coffin Called Earth. or Toronto, ON
Bikes: Bianchi, Miyata, Dahon, Rossin
Posts: 12,258
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by LarDasse74 View Post
I agree... just standard ol' road tires will work as well as anything. But if you are on wet leaves you are SOL (sadly out of luck) no matter the tire.
If you are in Toronto watch out ofr streetcar tracks in the rain - I never had a problem with them in dry conditions but they are certain death in the wet.
I remember sliding my front wheel about 5 metres and getting very sideways before my front jumped out of the slip and I saved myself from getting drenched while going over the tracks.
__________________
Food for thought: if you aren't dead by 2050, you and your entire family will be within a few years from starvation. Now that is a cruel gift to leave for your offspring. ;)
http://sanfrancisco.ibtimes.com/arti...ger-photos.htm
AEO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-09-10, 04:39 PM   #12
exile
Senior Member
 
exile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Binghamton, NY
Bikes: 2008 Surly Long Haul Trucker, 1999 Jamis Exile
Posts: 2,857
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
"grippy tires" are going to depend on the road conditions you ride. Usually being cautious with the tires you have may be a better alternative to getting new tires.
exile is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:14 AM.