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Old 06-07-13, 06:35 PM   #1
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Tires question

Can't believe I'm thinking of winter during summer...

I have a cross bike I used last year during the winter, when the weather here outside of Toronto wasn't too bad. It has 35mm tires and they were fine on wet roads, through a thin layer of compacted snow, and on semi-slick roads if I was careful with the braking and cornering. That said, I would like a tire for when the conditions are a little worse, as im trying to ride outside as often as possible. I'm not interested (yet ) in cycling on ice or in deep snow. I'm wondering if a studded tire is suitable, as in one ride I may encounter both slick and dry roads (I'm concerned with wear on pavement). Or are non-studded winter tires better for me? Again, when roads are 100% snow covered I'm probably not riding, but mixed conditions and I'm out there!

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try the Marathon Winters..I use them on my commuter, roll easy and way more than enough grip in icy roads

they also have a kevlar strip for road debris...I've been running mine for 4 years now
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I have a set of studded snow tires where their is two rows of studs on each side of the tires center line and when the tires are fully inflated to maximum or near maximum pressure the studs don't touch the road except when you lean into a corner and you are riding on the center strip of tread between the rows of studs. If you run into weather where you need the studs you just let a little air out of your tires and then the studs make contact. Sorry without digging them out of storage I can't tell you the brand and model but it says right on the side of the tires that is how you are supposed to use them and they are deliberately made to work that way for less rolling resistance and reduced wear on the studs when the roads are clear. I doubt the idea is entirely unique to that particular set of studded snow tires and you should be able to find something along those lines to fit your needs.

Edit: ----- And, yes, they ride fine at lower pressures where the studs make contact and you don't have to lower the pressure so low it feels like riding on a flat tire. I do know they are 26" x 1.75" size and they say to run them at 60-80 PSI to get the studs to not make contact and to lower the pressure to 45-60 PSI to get the studs to make contact (depending on rider weight and wear).

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I keep two sets of wheels, one with Schwalbe Marathon Cross, It's a 700x38 tire with an all-season tread and good traction on cold, wet roads. It will also cross short and flat sections of snowpack, if I'm careful. These are used most winter days in Chicago.

For snow-packed and icy days, I have 700x35 Schwalbe Marathon Winters. These tires hold on ice that I could not walk across and are fast enough on dry pavement. I can travel across roads with a few inches of fresh snow, but deep snow keeps me off the bike.

If you stay off hilly ice and want a fast winter tire for mostly ice free roads, consider the Continental Winter:
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Have a old Mountain bike , built drum brake wheels and and it stays at the ready
with Nokian Mount and Ground W 26x 1.9 tyres..

rides securely on glare ice, when its hard to walk on the stuff.. .
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The good studded tires have tungsten carbide studs, no need to worry about wearing them out.
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if you are not on ice
then a nice narrow tire with a bit of tread
is probably the best choice
as it cuts through the snow and rides on the hard surface underneath

you say you dont want to ride on ice
but in my experience
it often isnt your choice

a narrowish studded tire on the front will
make is safe to ride when you hit ice
or slick hardpacked snow
and make little difference in thin layers of soft snow
or on dry pavement
except be a bit slower

i dont think there is any type of tire that will give you traction
on wet streetcar tracks
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Nokian W106s here. No worries regarding wear on bare pavement. Like Wilfred said, if you're riding in snow, you have no way of knowing what exactly you're riding on at any given moment. It could be yet more snow, or hard packed snow, or ice, or bare pavement... I like to err on the safe side, hence the studded tyres.
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