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Old 04-19-18, 06:31 PM
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Rode in with studs today. Glad I did. All that melting snow during the day produced a nice glaze on many parts of the road and trail this morning. In fact, I had to dismount and walk on a few sections. Studded tires are no match against frozen puddles. I almost went down one time, even with one foot planted on the ground. The ride home was horrendous, not only because of the wind (30-40 kph sustained winds) in my face, but the studs didn't help matters. So frustrated with these conditions!
hmmm wonder if there was enough snow to close up the tread blocks lifting the bike off the studs. I've had that happen. guess that would be a good reason for a more open/aggressive tread. or was it just ice? cuz then I'm surprised cuz I remember very clearly sticking well to some ice this winter
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hmmm wonder if there was enough snow to close up the tread blocks lifting the bike off the studs. I've had that happen. guess that would be a good reason for a more open/aggressive tread. or was it just ice? cuz then I'm surprised cuz I remember very clearly sticking well to some ice this winter
Yep. Crystal clear ice all right. My tires are four years old now with extensive use during the winter, so perhaps they have worn down. Not sure.

It was similar to this situation on my way home, except the puddly parts were frozen.
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I'd already erased this morning's footage.

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I’m declaring it over here in SE MI. First morning in a week I didn’t wake up to overcast and frozen precip. It hit 55 today with all-day sun. Instead of sitting under cover with feathers puffed out for warmth, the robins were busy gathering twigs and dried grasses this morning. It can only get better from here.
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Yep. Crystal clear ice all right. My tires are four years old now with extensive use during the winter, so perhaps they have worn down.
yeah that can be tricky especially cuz it appears to be an off-camber incline. time to shop? n+1 applies to tires too. oh wait that's n+2? here's what new studs look like



these are the used tires they replaced due to a broken wire bead. I think the studs still had life in them tho

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time to shop? n+1 applies to tires too. oh wait that's n+2? here's what new studs look like
I've got a couple of different sets already. One is the same as what I have currently, but mounted on a different bike. Another set I bought that was slightly too big but could be made to work.
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these are the used tires they replaced due to a broken wire bead. I think the studs still had life in them tho
These are the ones I have on the bike I rode. Still some life left in them, I think.
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Are you keeping the pressure high? I have the 4-row Schwalbes in 26x2, so maybe it's a different situation.
But I do get significantly better ice performance when I run a significantly lower pressure (say in the middle of the recommended range or below).
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Are you keeping the pressure high? I have the 4-row Schwalbes in 26x2, so maybe it's a different situation.
But I do get significantly better ice performance when I run a significantly lower pressure (say in the middle of the recommended range or below).
If I'm honest I'm probably running them at a higher pressure than is optimal for ice. They are probably optimized for riding on dry bare pavement.
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Well, at least warmer weather is coming!
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OP, the answer is today!

Last Friday was, hopefully the last time this season that I will need to have studs on my tires. Rode in on my road bike with 23/25 mm tires. Sooo nice!
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