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Let me rave about Nokian tires a bit. The ultimate winter upgrade.(9 posts)

Let me rave about Nokian tires a bit. The ultimate winter upgrade.MB1
Dec 6, 2002 9:00 AM
As you know if you opened my Snow Day post we rode yesterday. It was mostly nice new snow and slushy roads, we didn't have much of a problem except for some really soft spots.

Today was different. Everything that had melted yesterday froze overnight. There was ice everywhere this morning. What do you know but that we found the riding was easier on this mornings ice than on yesterdays soft stuff. Plus we got to ride on long stretches of the local MUTs without anyone else out there.

We were riding without problems on ice so slick you couldn't even walk on it. There is no way we would have even thought of riding today without our Nokian tires.

This is the only place I know of to get Nokian studded tires. We run the 106 model-it works great and we still have room in our frame for ice buildup.

Just getting out of the alley is a challange.
This guy didn't have Nokian studded tires.MB1
Dec 6, 2002 9:03 AM
Don't leave home without them!
re: Let me rave about Nokian tires a bit. The ultimate winter upgrade.Fattrax
Dec 6, 2002 10:10 AM
Hey MB1, you don't happen to liven the Mt. Pleasant area. That ally looks vaguely familiar from when I was living in DC.
Georgetown/Foxhall right behing the University.MB1
Dec 6, 2002 10:30 AM
I think all alleys look the same covered in snow.
re: Let me rave about Nokian tires a bit. The ultimate winter upgrade.Ray Sachs
Dec 6, 2002 10:50 AM
I borrowed my wife's car and drove to work yesterday - 9 inches of snow is a bit much to blast through even with Nokians (I tried riding around the neighborhood on unplowed streets when I got home - could barely move and put my foot down PLENTY of times).

Rode to work this morning though. I have the 700x35 Nokians on my cross bike. The unplowed back roads near my house were still pretty tough (4-5 inches of soft slushy snow - too much to just plow through), but once I got to the combination of hardpack, light slush, and ice on the more traveled roads, I was cruising. Even clipped in to the pedals (Shimano 324s are perfect for this kind of riding - stay on the flat side when its really sketchy and clip in when its not) for most of the ride. The only problem is that the CARS don't have nearly as good a grip on the road and you have to be pretty paranoid about sliding autos when you're riding in these conditions.

-Ray "ready to bail at a moment's notice" Sachs
I could have used a set today ...Humma Hah
Dec 6, 2002 12:03 PM
... I do have 26x1.75 wheels available for the cruiser, so I can mount a set. I think if I'd had a set available today, I would have ridden.

Things are slushing up again this afternoon, but there was a lot of slick ice around the neighborhood this AM, and ice along the shoulders where I ride. The main roads were clear enough that I'd not have had to worry much about out-of-control cars.

I think I NEED me a pair of those.
ultimate winter upgrade?DougSloan
Dec 6, 2002 1:38 PM
Move to California!

It was 60 degrees when I rode yesterday. :-)
That ain't winter. nmMB1
Dec 6, 2002 3:02 PM
true. nmDougSloan
Dec 6, 2002 3:18 PM