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Old 09-21-11, 06:37 AM   #1
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Moving to CO Springs from the south

It gets plenty cold here so I am comfortable with what will be needed to stay warm but I am curious about what the snow ends up being like. I am trying to decide if studded tires will be necessary and if so should I look into more aggressive treads with studs or something like the Schwalbe's.

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Old 09-21-11, 10:08 PM   #2
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things can get icy to be sure. Rain in late afternoon, freezing at night, ice in AM....not uncommon, or it was when I lived there. The pass can get really, really nasty.
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Thanks for the response, should I look into a more aggressive tread pattern for deeper snow as well then or just something to handle plowed but icy roads?
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snow doesn't last long in the Springs if there is snow in the morning it tends to be gone by the afternoon. This will be my first winter here after being gone for 10 years. Regardless of the weather this winter it will be the conditions I dealt with in WI last year. My last winter here (00-01) I was able to ride the the MC year round.
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Old 10-18-11, 06:45 PM   #5
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Very little snow in the Co Springs- I wouldn't worry about too much deep snow. I'm not sure what pass digibud is referring to- that's southern front range. Depends on the winter, but there can be ice in the mornings, for sure, and as Buddha4 says, it's usually well above freezing by the afternoon, based on observations from friends who have lived there for 20 years. There are bad spells, for sure, but generally a nice climate.
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Old 10-19-11, 10:47 PM   #6
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I'm sure the winters will be just fine, and if your lucky you'll find a sweet job at a small local bike shop.
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Old 10-20-11, 08:32 AM   #7
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Actually I did find a job at a local LBS, well it is a small by physical size but huge in terms of volume which is just the way I like it. Most of my commute is on greenways (very lucky I know) I was looking at the schwalbe marathon winters, It seems that tire choice in the winter here is tough since every shop I have talked to is usually a complete 180 from the last. It does sound there there are a couple certainties though, one being when there is a bigger snow and some of it melts and some of it re-freezes it can get nasty. I also have been told they only plow major roads by more than a few and no attention to greenways so there might be some volume of snow on the greenways I have to deal with.

The theory I am going with on tire choice is it seems with the schwalbe you can bump up the pressure and have minimal impact on resistance from the studs and drop it to get the spikes to dig in so kind of a best of both worlds approach but let me know if you see anything wrong with this logic but I am guessing this first winter will just be trial and error and worst case I might have to drive in a couple days.
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