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Any recommendations for winter tires?(7 posts)

Any recommendations for winter tires?lkdr95
Dec 5, 2001 9:37 AM
Hi, I'm looking for some winter tires, ie. better traction for my bike, at least 700x23s. I commute daily and it's starting to get a bit icy in the morning. I found out first-hand this morning after skidding through a corner and doing a bike & body slide across the pavement. Thanks for your time.
re: Any recommendations for winter tires?MJ
Dec 5, 2001 9:50 AM
I like Conti Top Tourers 2000 - so does Rich Clark even though we have a difference of opinion over light tread vs totally smooth - they're a bit wider than what you may be after - but they're great and super puincture resistant; maybe they'll fit your frame - you'll really feel the speed when you go back to your normal riding tyres...
As far ice goes...MrCelloBoy
Dec 5, 2001 9:57 AM
nothing can really stop a skid once your going down. Nokian makes some studded tires for ice riding (VERY expensive). I used to always change to "treaded" tires in the winter to channel off water and avoid aquaplaning when it's really wet.
Well, really ain't no such thing...Greg Taylor
Dec 5, 2001 10:02 AM
...as a "winter" tire. Short of metal studs, there is nothing that will really work well on ice or icy patches. Michelin makes a "winter" version of the Axial Pro, but that is pretty $$$ to be used as a commuter tire. I use the el cheapo Michelin Axial Sport, which they tout as an "all weather" tire. It has some light tread on it which, frankly, doesn't do much. But they are tough and under $10 a pop at Nashbar. You could try some cyclocross tires to get a bigger contact patch -- Ritchey "Trail Mix" are very cheap and work pretty well on mixed surfaces. There might be clearance issues, however, as they are pretty big (700x35).

Good Luck!
NokianAhimsa
Dec 5, 2001 10:03 AM
700c studded tire.

Available in 35 and 40 width.

peterwhitecycles.com

Don't know if they will fit your frame, but just one on the front will make worlds of difference.

Cheers!

A.
We use 'em and love 'em. Sure have a lot of rolling resistanceMB1
Dec 5, 2001 11:16 AM
on dry surfaces though. They wear really well so although they cost a lot they should last many winters.
Two bikesRich Clark
Dec 5, 2001 2:16 PM
If you live in an area where you could have a couple of days with black ice in the morning or after dark, and then three dry days, then rain, etc., then having an "ice bike" can make a lot of sense. The ice bike has studded tires, which is IMO the only real defense against hard-frozen surfaces.

This is particularly true I think if you normally ride a road bike that can't take wide tires. IMO if your bike can't take anything wider than a 28 you probably won'[t find anything suitable for ice to mount on it.

I haven't had to deal with this issue riding the last few years in Philly; we've been in a cycle of mild winters with very few icy days. When I lived in Chicago I had a cruiser with home-made studded tires that got me through the snow and ice, albeit slowly.

Now, if winter looks like it's going to get bad on us, I'll probably buy/build a spare front wheel and mount a studded Nokian on it, and swap it on and off my rain bike (which is a touring bike) depending on the weather. You can get much of the crash-prevention benefit of studs even if you only mount the front, although obviously it won't help climb a slippery slope.

But studs=slow, so it's nice to be able to swap easily on the spur of the moment. If I still lived in Chicago, though, I'd have converted "rain bike" to "sno bike" for the entire winter by now.

RichC