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Putting Hybrid Tires on a Raleigh Team USA Road Bike

Old 01-23-20, 10:49 AM
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Putting Hybrid Tires on a Raleigh Team USA Road Bike

Hello everyone!
I think that I am going to buy an old Raleigh Team USA Road bike, but I am planning on riding it around even during the winter and I am a bit worried about ice, so I was wondering if anyone knows if I could put a bit wider tires on it so I won't slip around as much.

Otherwise, advice on where/how to find a less expensive used hybrid bike for me to buy.

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Old 01-23-20, 11:11 AM
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I like to use hex wrenches as feeler gauges to measure how much tire clearance there is on a bike. That will let you calculate roughly how much bigger you can go on tires.

For ice, there is no substitute for studded tires, and those require ample clearance. I would probably skip the road bike and go straight for a hybrid in your case.
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Without knowing your rear spacing on the Team USA it's hard to guess what might fit.
I have 37mm cyclocross tires on cheap rims that are mounted on a Raleigh Super GP. That bike originally had 27 inch wheels so there was enough room, barely, to fit the 35mm tires leaving 2mm per side for snow and dirt. if your bike originally had 700c and a tight rear triangle it might not work. If you can find an inexpensive 27 inch wheel road bike, that might work. As ThermionicScott states above a true hybrid or maybe a mountain bike would be a good solution. Used mountain bikes are usually cheap. If you can only keep one bike, a mountain bike with a spare wheel set for winter and the option to switch to drop bars in summer might cover all bases.
As for ice, I live in the Niagara Region between Lake Erie and Lake Ontario and always ice and snow and almost never have issues with winter road riding. Having said that I didn't ride yesterday because it was very windy and the neighborhood had a lot of ice and my method will not cover glare ice.

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