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road bike, normal tires and snow/slush = crazy???(5 posts)

road bike, normal tires and snow/slush = crazy???naff geezer
Jan 20, 2002 5:31 AM
new to cold climate cycling and am wondering if its too greasy and risky without some special weather tires in mixed snow/slush conditions.

what is the done thing?

have ridden in heavy rains and am wondering how much worse could it be?
no problembiII
Jan 20, 2002 9:05 AM
just avoid ice
re: road bike, normal tires and snow/slush = crazy???Woof the dog
Jan 20, 2002 3:01 PM
it depends on the consistency of the slush/snow. If it is a really gooey liquidy stuff on the roads and its above 0 celsius, thin tires do just fine cause they cut right through the slush. If it is harder snow, don't lean at all on thin tires. A real PITA is a hard snow with car tire tracks - your thin tires can't get over the little borders and you end up really struggling for balance. Dude, why am I writing this, just get a mountain bike or ride inside.


Woof, the greyhound
Jan 21, 2002 7:20 AM
Fresh powder on the local multi-use trail is excellent for riding on a road bike. FOr Chocalate mousse and refrozen snow and ice road bike suck. Mountain bikes are better for the messy and hard stuff. I use a mountain bike until the roads clear up, I generally run studded tires all winter on my mountain bike. They are not necessary all the time, but conditions change quick and we get a lot of thawing and refreezing here, for me it is not worth the risk. when it stays cold and the roads are clear I ride my road bike commuter, after a snow or thaw event I ride the mtb until I think the roads are good for my mountain bike.
Snow is easy. Ice is a killer. check icebike.comcory
Jan 21, 2002 8:22 AM
The kind of snow we get in Reno, not generally more than a few inches and gone in a few days, is no problem for road tires. When it packs into ice, though, or when runoff freezes on the road, I pretty much stick to the trainer. My sister used to live in Omaha, where they have REAL winter, and her husband rode year-round on the packed snow.
There's a website,, with a lot of information on this.