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Old 12-14-10, 09:21 PM   #1
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Would a 0.4" wider tire make a difference?

I though my bike was ready for winter, but after a few rides I'm not exactly satisfied with it. On the packed down part of the road it's fine, but whenever I hit a patch of snow on the side of the road it can be hard to control, and might even bring me to a stop. I currently have cheap 26x1.95 with screws put in the tread for studs. Would going to 26x2.35 make much of a difference? Should I just get one and put it on the front?
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Sure it would make a difference, because not every tire is true to its claimed width. Rim width is a factor as well. That said, yes, more than likely a fatter tire in front will help. Try lower pressures as well and see if that helps.
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Ok, I guess I'll have to see what the co-op has tomorrow. I don't think I had the pressure very high in the tires, but I'll check and see what I had it at tomorrow. If only I had enough money to get a Pugsley...
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A wider tire will help, but tread pattern is important too. My mountain bike with small knobbed 2.4s is about the same or worse than my commuter with very aggressive 1.95s in deep/loose snow.

I've never ridden on studded tires, but I've read that they will not help you in the snow. Their purpose is traction on ice.
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it's normal for a tire to squirm on compacted snow from a car tire.
even the aggressive treaded tires.

fatter helps, for sure, as I get a lot more stability and traction when using my nokian M&G 1.9" compared to my hakkapelitta in 35mm
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