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    Looking for tyres

    Hello,

    I decided that this year I'm not giving in to winter. Now I'm looking for some winter tyres. Some info:
    * It's a road bike I use to cycle to school, about about 30km back-and-forth.
    * The terrain is mostly road, but there's some foresty ground along the way (that's why I exchanged my regular tyres for something more offroad-ish).
    * The main problem is the layer of snow on the road, though I've come upon slippery ice once or twice.
    * Sometimes the snow melts and gets mixed with sand and there's that really annoying mud on the ground. Something to cope with that would be nice.
    * The size is 37-622.

    I'd like some particular model suggestions.

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    You want studded tires? Check out Nokian and Schwalbe studded tires. Get them as fat as your frame can take and run them at lower pressure. You will ride slower but they'll get you through the Winter.

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    Getting new tires is sometimes a personal choice. I had a conversation with RumRun6 when he bought his studded tires about why (he's outside of Boston and i'm in upstate NY and we have similar climates). I was debating about getting them or making them myself. I decided they weren't necessary for me on my commute, but wouldn't knock anybody for having them if they make the commute safer. I simply ride more cautiously over parts of my commute where I know I will encounter snow.

    I know that doesn't answer your question, hopefully just gives you another perspective.
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    there's really not much choice if the maximum tire size the frame can fit is 622x37
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    You could try out making some studded tires for cheap out of an old set.

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    I would strongly suggest getting something more like a mountain bike, with 26" tires. I've found that having gripshift makes things easier.

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    Thanks all. I also talked with some local commuters and I made up my mind on Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 (35mm). The problem is that I can't find them anywhere outside US. Do you know any places where I can get them where they will ship to Eastern Europe?

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    they're not an american company, i think they're from finland? here is their list of distributors from their website...

    http://www.rollspeed.com/distributors.html

    CANADA
    NORCO
    1465 Kebet Way
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    V3C 6G1 Canada
    tel. (604) 552-2930
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    DENMARK
    SCANBIKE AS
    Frichsvej 17
    8600 SILKEBORG
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    tel. +45 70250600
    fax +45 70250699
    e-mail: scan-bike@email.dk
    http://www.scan-bike.dk

    FINLAND
    HELKAMA VELOX OY
    FIN-10960 HANKO
    tel. +358-19-28061
    fax +358-19-2483101
    http://www.helkamavelox.fi

    RAUL HELLBERG OY
    Riihimiehentie 8
    FIN-01720 VANTAA
    tel. +358-9-41788400
    fax +358-9-41788417
    http://www.raulhellberg.fi

    SHIMANO NORDIC CYCLE OY
    Martinkyläntie 53
    FIN-01720 VANTAA
    tel. +358 20 155 0800
    fax +358 20 155 0801
    e-mail infofi@shimano-eu.com
    http://www.shimano-nordic.com/

    TUNTURI OY LTD
    P.O.BOX 750
    FIN-20361 TURKU
    tel. +358-2-51331
    fax +358-2-513 3204
    http://www.tunturi.fi/

    UIMONEN TRADING OY
    Kaskimäenkatu 7
    FIN-33900 TAMPERE
    tel. +358-3-3565 400
    fax +358-3-265 6700
    http://www.uimonen.fi

    GERMANY
    T & S VERTRIEBS GmbH
    Heerweg 5
    72574 Bad Urach
    Germany
    tel. +49 7125 937676
    fax +49 7125 937677
    e-mail: info@tunds.com
    http://www.tunds.com

    GREENLAND
    PIKKORI SPORT
    Box 205 3900 NUUK
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    GREENLAND
    tel. 299321899
    e-mail: malik@ansjos.net

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    Armuli 40IS-108
    REYKJAVIK
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    fax. +3545814877
    e-mail: runar@markid.is

    Örninn LTD
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    REYKJAVIK
    ICELAND
    tel. +3545889892
    fax. +3545889894
    e-mail: ingir@ornin.is

    JAPAN
    SHIMANO RINKAI CO. LTD
    1-5-15 Chikkou-Shinmachi
    Nishi-ku
    Osaka 592-8331
    Japan
    tel. +81-72-243-2106
    fax +81-72-243-2830
    www.shimano.com

    NORWAY
    SHIMANO NORDIC CYCLE AS NORWAY
    Nesøyveien 4
    N-1396 Billingstad
    Norway
    Tel. 0047-66778010
    Fax 0047-66778011
    e-mail infono@shimano-eu.com
    http://www.shimano-nordic.com/

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    7ANNA
    Raciborskiego 123
    80-215 Gdansk
    Poland
    tel: +48 585201804
    fax: +48 583404717
    e-mail: info@7anna.com.pl
    http://www.7anna.com.pl

    RUSSIA
    CHAINPOWER LTD.
    Milutinsky per. 11 office 92
    101000 Moscow
    Russia
    Tel. +7 495 625 0912
    Mobile: +7 910 478 20 76
    Fax +7 495 502 08 66
    e-mail: info@chainpower.ru
    http://www.chainpower.ru

    SOUTH AFRICA
    GL Import & Trading
    1 Ravensteyn Rd
    Camps Bay
    8005 Cape Town
    South Africa
    tel. 0027 21 4381854
    fax. 0027 21 4381854
    e-mail: info@glit.co.za
    www.glit.co.za

    SWEDEN
    SHIMANO NORDIC CYCLE AB
    Hållnäsgatan 8, Box 2055
    750 02 Uppsala
    Sweden
    Tel. 018-561600
    Fax 018-500395
    e-mail: infose@shimano-eu.com
    http://www.shimano-nordic.com/

    SWITZERLAND
    AGENTUR FELIX AG
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    Switzerland
    tel. 071-911 66 16
    fax 071-911 66 29
    e-mail: felix@felix.ch
    http://www.felix.ch

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    QUALITY BICYCLE PRODUCTS
    6400 W. 105th Street
    Bloomington, MN 55438-2554
    USA
    Tel. (952) 941-9391
    Fax (952) 941-9799
    e-mail: whuemmer@qbp.com

    DOWNEAST BICYCLE SPECIALISTS
    P.O.Box 226
    Porter Road
    Fryeburg, ME 04037
    USA
    Tel. (207) 935-4242
    Fax (207) 935-4881
    e-mail: parts@debike.com
    http://www.debike.com

    SEATTLE BIKE SUPPLY
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    Kent, WA 98032
    USA
    Tel. 1-425-251-1516
    Fax 1-425-251-5279
    www.seattlebikesupply.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZiggyMysterio View Post
    Thanks all. I also talked with some local commuters and I made up my mind on Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 (35mm). The problem is that I can't find them anywhere outside US. Do you know any places where I can get them where they will ship to Eastern Europe?
    German bike shops are your best bet, try starbike.com or bike24.com.

    Note that studded tyres are in very short supply at the moment due to the early and severe winter.

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    You better hurry with your purchase, as the winter tires begin to be in short supply. This pattern repeats itself every winter, not just this one. I have successfully ordered to Eastern Europe from starbike, but they are out of W106s until January, as one example. With winter equipment, like airline tickets, you generally have to plan ahead.

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