Brick streets in winter?
This will be my first winter for bicycle commuting. I have bought a pair of studded tires (Nokian A10 700-32) to be ready.
My questions are about brick streets. I have one block on my commute route that is paved with brick. I love the street, because the brick is not too bad, and the rest of the length is nice asphalt. It's a residential street with little to no traffic. There are other brick streets here in Springfield, but that one block is the one I ride every day.
How bad will the brick be when icy?
More importantly, is brick any harder on studded tires than asphalt or concrete?
I don't want to tear the studs out of my tires if I can avoid it. There are alternates to the street I ride, but I really like it and would stay with it if it won't be a problem.
Anybody have experience riding brick streets in the winter??
Last edited by Bluish Green; 10-25-12 at 06:46 PM.
Brick streets seem to be more slippery than asphalt. But with the studs it shouldn't be a problem. And no, brick won't be any harder on the studs than asphalt. Matter of fact, the brick is softer than asphalt. I hope the A10's do the job for you.
+1 on what scoatw said. Cobblestone streets can be slicker than asphalt in the winter, but they are also softer as far as studded tires are concerned....at least where I used to live they were like that.
Originally Posted by MadCityCyclist
I'm going to stick with the same route and ride cautiously to see how the brick goes. I'll report back if I have any interesting observations (I know this whole question was kinda "out there" as far as being an infrequent occurrence).
Tonight I took the studded winter tires off of my bike and put summer tires on, so I figured I would wrap up this thread I started last fall, in case it benefits anyone searching for the topic in the future.
The brick pavements on two of the streets I ride were no issue at all for me this winter. I lost zero studs in 428 miles on Hakkapeliitta A10's. Although most of those miles were on asphalt or concrete, I did ride the brick streets, too, and experienced zero problems. They were not an issue either for losing studs or for being more/less slippery than asphalt or concrete. They were just bumpier and prettier.