Nokian extreme and Single speeding
I have a couple of quick questions,
I have just ordered some Nokian extreme 29xs. I am going to mounting them on my single speed. I know that they will be almost twice as heavy as the tires I have been running (wire bead hutchinson mosquitos, don't ask, they were free), but they should give me slightly more traction on the ice and snow . For those of you who single speed in the winter, do you put a largerr cog on the back to compensate for the increased weight of the tires and the increased rolling resistance?
I was also wondering if anyone knew the approximate width of a mounted Nokian extreme 2.1? I am going to be mounting them on my fairly narrow cheapo 1992 OEM rims. I was wondering how they would compare to the Hutchinson 2.1
Thanks in advance for your opinions.
Much smaller than the Hutch 2.1. My 2.1 Nokian looks exactly the same size as my factory 1.95 (Kenda) on my winter junker.
okay maybe not.
I left the same cog on when switching to nokian studded 35s from slicks. But I don't depend on my bike for my lively hood, just for fun and exercise.
Great thanks for the info.
A friend of mine lent me some home made studded tires (Farmer Johns with 100 sheet metal screws per tire), and I liked it so much I decided to get my own tires.
The frame I am going to run them on has tight clearance, so I was concerned the tread may rub the stays. It sounds like I will be O.K.
At 58 years of age, I presently consider myself in training for riding a fixed gear bike this spring (kinda backwards, eh?).
Therefore, I ride around town in just one gear, usually a 72" gear, and sometimes an 81" gear, and then I ride normally, using several gears, for a few days and let my knees recover and get stronger.
So far I feel myself making good progress.
Anyway, to address the issue: I ride with 35mm Innovas right now.
After getting turned around last night by frozen ruts, I plan to go to Nokkians next year.
I find that in order to ride around town in the worst conditions (frozen, rutted slush), in the same inch gear, I have to drop down to a 64" gear, which corresponds in a 700c tire to 48X20 or 42X18.
I think a year from now I might manage a 72" gear, which in a 700c tire corresponds to 48X18.
Otherwise, on dry pavement and the hills we have here in Oregon, with my summer Panaracer Tservs, I can do 81", or the typical 48X16.