Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Prince Albert, SK - Canada
Bikes: 1983 Free Spirit 10 speed (restoration project), 2009 Speciialized Globe San Francisco 2 (3 speed), 2011 Giant Dash 3, 2011 GT Traffic 3.0, 2011 GT Traffic 5.0 (single speed), 2012 GT Aggressor 3.0, 2014 Surface 604 Element (fat bike)
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Originally Posted by 2_i
These are good for light winter weather, light snow and limited patches of ice. In my area these tires end up being useful over a significant portion of the year, both when conditions above are present and as an insurance against such conditions. For more serious ice you need studs and for deeper snow you need a more aggressive thread.
That seemed to be the consensus from the limited online reviews I found. In my area ice isn't usually a major issue. Deep snow outside the tracked area, especially on side streets and motorists who don't know how to winter drive (or panic when they see a cyclist in winter) are the main issues. We don't have bike lanes either.
Last winter was my first attempt at winter cycling and I just used my hardtail with 26 x 2 cross country tires @ 45 lbs and lowered the seat a bit to compensate for more restrictive clothing. It was fine most days until February, when our record breaking snowfalls started. Now, with a better suited bike, I want to invest in one set of winter tires - so studded will likely be the choice and even then there will days that that it just won't be safe or practical to bike. Fortunately my direct walking route is only 4km, so vehicle use can be avoided