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Old 01-17-18, 10:36 AM
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Yeah, that was a great afternoon! I was in a complete funk about getting outside until it hit me to bike to the trailhead. Short ride, and just enough to be fun. Then the rest was snowshoeing.
sitting at home grumbling, is always an epic fail. been there, done that
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Old 01-27-18, 08:33 PM
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Today's temps ranged from 33 to 28 Fahrenheit. Conditions were (are!) perfect for wet ice, and I was able take the StarGrips out to see how they perform in those conditions.

As you might expect, the tires are over matched by wet ice. Any deviation from flat ground, and the bike washes out from under you. Don't brake. Don't lean. There is just no grip to be had on pure ice when the temps are at the freezing point.

old ice, the white packed stuff you find on roadways, that the tires can handle. I'm also comfortable on some of the crusted over ice that I found this evening -- the crust on top offered enough friction to the tires. And on packed snow like we have in colder weather, the flat tread profile helps with stability and flotation.

For wet ice though, use studs.
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Found this thread while looking for reviews on the star tread tires. Any updates or other experiences after a year?

I commute in Chicago and I just don't think there are enough days where the conditions warrant studs, but these might be pretty good.

Any comparable alternatives? Something with grit in the tire compound seems awesome...
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I ended up buying the Star Grips after my one comment in this thread since they were on sale - didn't use them until a few months ago but I ended getting so many little pebbles stuck in the treads (rode only on dry pavement, no dirt or anything). I was worried that one of the pebbles would work its way into the tire, and it finally happened after a few weeks. Bummer because the tires were so good on snow as OP described a year ago. I hate to say it but that was a dealbreaker for me. Trying to get rid of the tires now. I'd like to try the Top Contact Winter though, or if not, maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike.

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maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike
they're no good on ice but I was surprised how well they worked on flat hard crusty snow













but I do not consider them winter tires for my area so they are off the bike!
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I ended up buying the Star Grips after my one comment in this thread since they were on sale - didn't use them until a few months ago but I ended getting so many little pebbles stuck in the treads (rode only on dry pavement, no dirt or anything). I was worried that one of the pebbles would work its way into the tire, and it finally happened after a few weeks. Bummer because the tires were so good on snow as OP described a year ago. I hate to say it but that was a dealbreaker for me. Trying to get rid of the tires now. I'd like to try the Top Contact Winter though, or if not, maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike.


Well, that sounds like a deal breaker, I don’t want to be picking stones out of my treads every night when I get home...
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Gathering pebbles is how these are supposed to work. The pebbles are a substitute for studs.
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I ended up buying the Star Grips after my one comment in this thread since they were on sale - didn't use them until a few months ago but I ended getting so many little pebbles stuck in the treads (rode only on dry pavement, no dirt or anything). I was worried that one of the pebbles would work its way into the tire, and it finally happened after a few weeks.
Did you actually flat from one of the rocks?

I'd like to try the Top Contact Winter though, or if not, maybe the WTB Riddler 37c which I have on a non-winter bike.
I did buy a set of the Top Contact Winter this season. Nice tires. I like their more rounded profile when mainly on pavement. Both tires are nice though.
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Did you actually flat from one of the rocks?

I did buy a set of the Top Contact Winter this season. Nice tires. I like their more rounded profile when mainly on pavement. Both tires are nice though.
Yup, I did. And I figured as much would be true about the Top Contact Winter. They seem like they're longer-wearing as well, based on what my Riddlers look like after one season of not-too-crazy commuting and shredding.
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