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Old 06-18-17, 02:26 PM   #1
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Continental Speed Ride, Winter?

Hi, was wondering if anyone has been riding the Continental Speed Ride tyres during winter?
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Old 06-20-17, 01:08 PM   #2
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winter riding on pavement is tricky. any tire will do fine if the road is dry. if it's not dry, then it gets interesting
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Old 06-21-17, 01:30 AM   #3
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We didn't get much winter this past year in Texas but I did take the Univega mountain bike and Conti Speed Rides out for a romp on the two "snow" days we did get -- about 2" each time. No problems at all for those moderate conditions.

After a test ride around the frozen snow crust on the parking lot to check grip and braking (no problems), I rode around the nearby vacant lots and open fields. Couldn't get the tires to slide or lose grip.

So, yup, the Speed Rides are fine for modest snow without ice.

Only problems I had? Riding through a couple of open fields and vacant lots I picked up some grass burrs that caused slow leak flats.

I got the same performance the winter before with my other bike wearing Michelin Protek Cross Max. The Michelins were even better and virtually puncture-proof. Never had a flat yet on those. But the heavy duty 5mm puncture shield and thick rubber tread costs 1,100 g for the 700x40. They don't feel heavy and sluggish though. Good tires, also for moderate winter without icy pavement.
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@canklecat: Thank you for your reply.

I guess on ice it truly gets interesting...
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depending on the temperature. meaning, I was surprised, late in the season, to ride on an icy dirt rd with watery mud mixed in here & the there. it was just warm enough for the ice pack to have softened enough to become slightly granular rather than the usual hard & slick. it actually offered some grip. quite sticky in fact. 10 degrees colder & I'd have been in trouble (w/o studs)

these are not the same tires you have, but are similar






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