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Old 11-27-13, 10:51 AM   #1
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Kept falling

So we got about 3-4in the other day, and I decided it would be to ride! The bike I am using is a hard tail old murry mountain bike with a 2.25 tire. I kept falling, it seemed like every 50 yards it would slip and tip over. Is there something I am doing wrong? I can't afford to put new tires on, but the ones on it are nearly new. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-27-13, 11:15 AM   #2
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Drop your tire pressure for more grip.
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This is on snow, or ice? Deep snow takes getting used to, ice takes studs.
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Just avoid the ice as best you can and go slow. We all slide sometimes in winter biking, even hard-core commuters. I've been reading your blog...way to go!
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hard tail old murry mountain bike
Written like this i get no hit from google but if you don't have classic brakes like this on your bike and if your problem is ice then zip ties on your tires can do the trick temporarily



Avoid those 18lb, 30lb tensile strength zip ties. They will break just at looking at them.

For 5.28$/10 zip ties you can put 175lb tensile strength zip ties
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercia...6217/202520078

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Old 11-27-13, 02:09 PM   #6
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Brakes were not much of an issue, but it has a much cruder version of this type http://www.rei.com/media/hh/53afadaf...5cc389196b.jpg
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+1 in general on lowering tire pressure. That helps a lot with traction and gives you a bit more float. The fact is riding in 3-4 inches of snow is real work no matter what even with a fat bike you work hard to go slow.

OTOH if there is ice under the 3-4 inches of snow, that is really tough. Your tires will sporadically float on the snow and other times get through it, but since you can't see the ice you can go down fast. Studs are not fool proof at all in this type of condition. I've had my worst spills with studded tires on in 2 inches of snow and hit ice patches I couldn't see going fast...BOOM! hello ground.
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There may have been ice underneath, not sure..
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+1 in general on lowering tire pressure. That helps a lot with traction and gives you a bit more float. The fact is riding in 3-4 inches of snow is real work no matter what even with a fat bike you work hard to go slow.

OTOH if there is ice under the 3-4 inches of snow, that is really tough. Your tires will sporadically float on the snow and other times get through it, but since you can't see the ice you can go down fast. Studs are not fool proof at all in this type of condition. I've had my worst spills with studded tires on in 2 inches of snow and hit ice patches I couldn't see going fast...BOOM! hello ground.
Done that.
Slid across the road on my back like a turtle, Major embarrassment, no major damage. It could have been a whole lot worse.

The Take Away here is:

Studded tires do not make you invincible. You can still fall down and go boom.
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