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Winter riding? (as in northern winter)(6 posts)

Winter riding? (as in northern winter)Ill
Sep 13, 2003 11:15 AM
Do cyclocross tires work well for riding in mild, snowy, wintery conditions?

I like Nokian Studded tires. For more thoughts...MB1
Sep 13, 2003 2:55 PM
I just ride normal tires...timfire
Sep 13, 2003 5:35 PM
I live in Chicago where we get a decent amount of snow, but not as much as some cities. I just ride normal tires. Granted, in winter I stick to roads that I know will be plowed, and I stay away from snowy bike trails. I haven't had trouble. I think people assume that because it's winter the road's going to be icy, but unless it's fresh snow the roads are usually clear and dry. When it is snowy I just take things easier and avoid tight turning.

re: Winter riding? (as in northern winter)Kvonnah
Sep 14, 2003 8:17 AM
I ride my normal tires but I do NOT ride my road bike in snow for many reasons, Aside from lack of control, wet snow will pack up between your fork and tire and it can jam solid (I know this from experiance, good thing my bike is only 18.7 lbs!)

I assume you commute because we are the only ones who actually ride in the winter. All the weather weanies use trainers :-) Last year I rode my Mt. bike when it was snowing which worked well in most cases(again wet snow in this case would pack up in the rear cassette until the chain would not even catch teeth (my mt. bike does NOT weigh 18.7 lbs!) This year, on days it is actually snowing I am going to cheese out and drive.
Yes and Nopeter in NVA
Sep 14, 2003 12:12 PM
Ride all winter in the snow with my cross bike with 32 cross tires-non-studded. Some observations:
1. Few inches of snow - work fine, just like in mud.
2. Deep snow - won't get you anywhere.
3. Ice, or water on top of hard pack - treacherous- knobs do nothing.
4. Biggest problem is braking, even for cant's. Iced up
rims don't stop at all.
5. Every year think of Nokians, look at the 800gm weight per tire and change my mind!
re: Winter riding? (as in northern winter)MJ
Sep 15, 2003 2:58 AM