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Old 09-10-16, 01:53 PM
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Hunting for knobbier "snow" tires....

2009 Raleigh Detour 4.5 - BikePedia
Original tires:
Tires 700 x 35c Kenda K-192 w/K-shield

I've gotten these in the past...
Kenda Street NIMBUS K830 Road Tire
700 x 38

700 X 38c Bk Kross Plus

700 is the wheel diameter?
I'm blanking on the 38 vs. 35 (must be thickness?) but apparently 38 was ok enough for me to buy in the past.

These are the wrong size, but the pattern of tread worked well enough.
Kenda Kross Plus Front/Rear Slick XC Tire, 26 x 1.95"
This might be as good as I can get for my bike too from past searching.

Front wheel rim is what came with the bike.
Rear wheel was "upgraded" with a 700c Mavic Cxp22, 32-spoke rim.
Mavic CXP 22 700C Rim > Components > Wheel Parts > Rims | Jenson USA
(except mine's silver)

What's the 38 vs. 35 number? Does it matter?

Any recommendations on a tire? I didn't think it would matter so much, but the hybrid tire that's smooth on the center and knobbed on the side does actually make a different for driving on ice and snow. That's for sure. So I'm looking for as knobby/grippy as I can get. It's probably the smooth center/knobby side tires again though.

Are there other places to get tires? This is a low end bike, so it doesn't need to be expensive. Amazon's worked fine. Copying what's there has worked fine. I'm wondering what options are out there if I branch out a little more.

I'm am driving in a place with glass, etc. on the road.

What's a general length of time to ride on a set of tires? Just until they wear out or is there a certain number (rule of thumb) of miles to get on them like a chain?

I'm also assuming smoother tires are a little more efficient and smoother to ride on for the summer. True? A couple years ago, just depending on what I bought for tires, I started using the smoother ones in the summer and the knobbier ones in the winter. One of my summer/smooth tires is curse though (new enough still) but the inner tube keeps popping. I searched it well enough for thorn/glass, etc. I did has glass which I pulled at first, but it's still gone through more inner tubes since then. I'm thinking it's just a crappy tire, worn (but that was fast), there's still something stuck in it, etc. I've given up on it. So I put the 'winter' tire back on but now that's had another 6+ months of use. I wouldn't mind getting new, knobbier tires for the winter.

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35/38 is kinda-sorta width, somewhat dependent on rim width.
700C tires once started out as a tire size that was 700 mm in diameter when inflated.
All 700C tires have a Bead Seat Diameter - where tire and rim overlap - of 622 mm.
While rim vs tire width makes some combos better/poorer, they'll all mount up.
Useable tire width is frequently decided by frame/fork clearance.
Thinking that a cheap bike should have cheap tires is a strange conclusion. You pick tires according to the surface you need to deal with, not according to cost of bike.
There are plenty of CX - cyclocross tires with plenty of threads which would do fine in soft snow. But for ice and hardpack, studded tires are the way to go.
Summer tires, I ride until the casing start showing. Winter tires, I usually have to retire when the studs wear through the casing.

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When the winter is upon you Suomi Nokian studded bicycle tires will get you through it,

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A few recommendations depending on your particular riding conditions:

Bicycle winter tyres

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