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Winter Riding - Singlespeed / Fixed Gear Tire Suggestions

Old 07-20-15, 12:50 PM
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Winter Riding - Singlespeed / Fixed Gear Tire Suggestions

This is my first post to the forum - I'm looking forward to being an active participant and hope I can learn from great people on here.

I've only been riding for little over a year now - I own a Torker U-District - Tri-Moly frame that sits on 700x28c tires. The only alterations I've made so far have been switching out the stock break levers for cross levers and the stock handlebar with bullhorns.

It's the summer time now here in NYC however I want to start commuting to work in the winter time too. I don't think the skinny Kenda Kontender tires will suffice the brutal northeast winter snow falls (even though the city plows the streets I know what I have won't be enough) - so I am looking for suggestions - how do I go about purchasing winter tires?

Also, would anyone suggest I instead invest in a mountain bike or fat bike for winter ridding or am I making this too complicated? Can I just swap out tires and be fine?


Thanks everyone in advance...
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Old 07-20-15, 01:29 PM
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I would be surprised if nokian hakkapellittas won't fit. The tires themselves are closer to 30c so you only really need to worry about the clearance of the studs. People like to have mud guards on their winter bike but I never found them useful since they would get packed up with snow. You should also ask in the winter riding forum.
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Originally Posted by prooftheory View Post
I would be surprised if nokian hakkapellittas won't fit. The tires themselves are closer to 30c so you only really need to worry about the clearance of the studs. People like to have mud guards on their winter bike but I never found them useful since they would get packed up with snow. You should also ask in the winter riding forum.
Thank you - I suppose I will take the conversation over there then.
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Originally Posted by pigeon2phoenix View Post
Also, would anyone suggest I instead invest in a mountain bike or fat bike for winter ridding or am I making this too complicated?
Yes, I would. This is my winter bike:


My suggestion, spend some time on the winter forum as noted by prooftheory. I would recommend a winter specific bike which also serves as your rain day bike / loaner / bar night beater / lock on the street overnight bike. I ride a old Trek converted to SS. Cost about $100 and I don't care that the winter salts have been slowly eating it. Consider that when selecting a winter bike and how much maintenance you are willing to do. Ordinary MTB knobby tires should get you through everything but freezing rain. I have studded winter tires but they are not necessary most of the time in the winter.

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Originally Posted by john4789 View Post
Yes, I would. This is my winter bike:


My suggestion, spend some time on the winter forum as noted by prooftheory. I would recommend a winter specific bike which also serves as your rain day bike / loaner / bar night beater / lock on the street overnight bike. I ride a old Trek converted to SS. Cost about $100 and I don't care that the winter salts have been slowly eating it. Consider that when selecting a winter bike and how much maintenance you are willing to do. Ordinary MTB knobby tires should get you through everything but freezing rain. I have studded winter tires but they are not necessary most of the time in the winter.

Good luck.
The hell is that white stuff on the ground?!

Also, where is the G.I. Joe?

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Winter bike? Absolutely.

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Winter bike? Absolutely.


Well, look at that, some bozo left their lights on!
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Well, look at that, some bozo left their lights on!
They were on for the commute home, and the only thing holding the bike up is how deep the snow was.
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Originally Posted by ben4345 View Post
The hell is that white stuff on the ground?!
Karma for flat landers.


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Also, where is the G.I. Joe?
Huh?
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