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Old 03-16-14, 09:46 AM   #26
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I made the same set of updates to my bikes and riding plans in Chicago. The amount of debris along the road along with the potholes put me larger and tougher touring tires. It will take a few weeks of rain and repairs before road bikes with the skinny tires are safe to use.
Agreed on the skinny tires, the weather makes it so tempting to do it now but I know better....
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Old 03-18-14, 10:05 AM   #27
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another N+1 solution , I have 1 bike with studded tires , I just park it when unneeded.
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Old 03-18-14, 05:12 PM   #28
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Yesterday was the first time I rode Nokian Gazza Extremes on pavement. I've put a few hundred miles on them, but all on compact snow and ice. I was surprized how much more drag they had than my summer low profile 29er tires. I tried to ride on the ice on the shoulder, smoother, and quiet. Still 2 months until all the ice is off the roads here, but the melting has begun!

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Old 03-18-14, 10:15 PM   #29
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When the noise of them on the pavement makes me crazy!
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At what point do you take off your studded tires?

When you want to drop off a pound per wheel.
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Studs are for ice, so the snow for me is irrelevant - it's whenever I can be absolutely certain that I will not ride across any ice on the road. If I'm biking at night, everything has to be melted. If I'm only biking during the day it's more variable.
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Old 03-23-14, 09:00 PM   #32
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Took them off Sat., so 2" of snow when I left work Sunday morning! Luckily, no ice, so it was fine.
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Old 03-25-14, 06:35 PM   #33
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Apparently, a couple weeks too early. I took them off awhile ago and today we some snow. Not too bad on the main roads but the residential streets were icy due to the shade, no plowing, and tire pressure. I've still got knobbies on the winter bike and took it easy so no issues, just felt weird riding over snow/ice without the studs. The LAST thing I need is a broken collarbone on the last snow of the year.
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So chime in if you still need your studded tires for riding. Not if you just have them on in case. I needed them this morning. Rode the snowmobile trails early. 14 degrees left the trails in a icy hard pack to glare ice condition.
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Old 04-01-14, 11:06 AM   #35
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Last night we had some light showers with lighting and thunder. Temps dropped after midnight to 17 at dawn. Snowmobile trails were like icy rutted cement. Another good ride for the Nokian Extremes.
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Mine came off last weekend. Forecast for future has a bit of snow, but highs each day in upper 30s and all the local ponds/etc. are thawed. Snow now is likely just to be wet. Morning ride temps are still in upper 20s, but there's no piles of snow to create the freeze/thaw rinks at every corner. Now that that question is answered, when do I get to turn off the wind?
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Old 04-02-14, 01:46 PM   #37
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can I update my answer ...:

same time you unwrap your fig tree, end of March
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