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Old 11-17-20, 12:31 PM
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Tree Slime

Not exactly CV but since it impacts my CV ride here goes....I like trees. I like deciduous trees, and the lovely colors that the leaves turn this time of year. What I donít like is tree slime, you know, the gooey paste that the leaves become when they get wet and are ground up by cars, people, bikes, etc. Even with fenders, my frame and wheels are slimed by the end of the ride. I can deal with that. Itís the loss of traction thatís my concern. A Slipping rear wheel as I climb, or the dreaded front wheel slide in corners are things I try to avoid. So here is the question...any tires better or worse for dealing with arboreal slush?
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Old 11-17-20, 01:03 PM
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Something meant for gravel with small knobs/texture that might poke through to the ground?
Studded tyres?
In reality, you're sliding on top of it, so I doubt it helps much. It's like rotting (slimy) leaves. Not much to do than ride carefully.
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Old 11-17-20, 01:24 PM
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some of the best tires i ever used in those kind of conditions was WTB's pathway hybrid tire. they were awesome!!! tightly spaced chevron tread and a high traction compound and not too bad in the rolling resistance dept. sadly, discontinued
other than tire experimentation....what the gentleman above said
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Old 11-17-20, 02:16 PM
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some of the best tires i ever used in those kind of conditions was WTB's pathway hybrid tire. they were awesome!!! tightly spaced chevron tread and a high traction compound and not too bad in the rolling resistance dept. sadly, discontinued
other than tire experimentation....what the gentleman above said
That Pathway looks similar to some of the current WTB tires. https://www.wtb.com/collections/700c-tires The closest looks like the Venture. https://www.wtb.com/collections/700c...oducts/venture
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Old 11-17-20, 04:27 PM
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Originally Posted by tricky View Post
That Pathway looks similar to some of the current WTB tires. https://www.wtb.com/collections/700c-tires The closest looks like the Venture. https://www.wtb.com/collections/700c...oducts/venture
close, sure...but, not close enough...lol! something about the original pathway tread made it work. i was so impressed (had'em on a cross check) i challenged a friend up a very steep 20yd hill of wet grass. he didn't make it...lol. i almost didn't, but that's just leg strength. it was STEEP

the venture looks pretty darn cool, though!!
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My take on this is if you hit a patch that has layers of wet leaves, it doesn't matter how good the tire are, it is the leaves slipping over leaves that is the problem. This can be really slick.

If you can somehow avoid layers of leaves, then tires that can get through the ground up muck might help. Knobby, bumpy tires would be better. Also lower pressure so you can get more knobs or bumps in contact with something firm like the road.
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Thanks for the input. The WTB tires look interesting but would never fit on the current winter bike. Oh, I see! I need a summer bike, a winter bike, and a leaf season bike! I will get on it.

And as far as the last comment about a patch of wet leaves, as I came around a leafy corner yesterday, drifting though the corner, engine revving, was some yahoo in his Mazda. He was using the wet leaves like wet snow. Clearly he had some skill, as I am still here. Brains, well,.......
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