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Old 10-09-17, 01:05 PM   #1
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Touring Europe in late autumn/early winter

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Im planning on going from Copenhagen to Spain from November onwards this year. So far the only thing i'm worried about is the risk of slippery roads. Would it be recommended to attach some studded tires from the get go or is it doable with only some slightly wider tires (if you're lucky)?
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Old 10-09-17, 02:03 PM   #2
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If you are planning to ride on-road, you aren't likely to need studded tyres. Western European roads tend to be salted/gritted in adverse weather, and the nearer you stick to the coast the less snow you're likely to see. And, obviously, as you head south the weather will become less of an issue.
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Western European roads tend to be salted/gritted in adverse weather
This is not the same for bike paths and part of the road closer to the shoulder can be in a different shape than farther away. Still a studded tire can be a drag when pavement is relatively clear and changing tires frequently can be quite a drag as well. A compromise is offered by Continental Top Contact Winter tires. They are made of rubber compound that stays soft at low temperatures and they have fine thread that catches grit that serves as a substitute for studs. While performing better in challenging conditions than fair weather tires they are only marginally slower on clear pavement than the latter.
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or is it doable with only some slightly wider tires (if you're lucky)?
It's doable with about any tyre. Wider tyres are nicer because they handle lowered pressure better. But there's not much chance of snow and ice and if there is and they didn't salt that bike path you'll just go a bit slower. Leaves and/or rain can make it slippery too, but studded tyres won't help much with that. I commute in Northern Europe in autumn and winter on quite narrow tyres with very little longitudal grooves, the only precaution I take is to shift the brake balance to the rear, which is a 1 minute job on my bike.

I'd just see what the weather is like when you're there, and if it's extreme there are lots of bike shops that can help you or do as the locals do.
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Okey, great! Thanks for the advice! I'll update my tires to some that are slightly wider and that should do it.
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Maybe carry some plastic straps (tie-wraps) with you, to turn your tires in winter tires?
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Old 11-01-17, 02:22 PM   #7
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Maybe carry some plastic straps (tie-wraps) with you, to turn your tires in winter tires?
Have you actually done that? Seems like a terrible, terrible idea, but I am curious.
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No. And yes, I am curious too



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Have you actually done that? Seems like a terrible, terrible idea, but I am curious.
If you got rim brakes, it is a terrible idea.
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If you got rim brakes, it is a terrible idea.
LOL, understatement of the year!!
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