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Road Treatments and Road Bikes(7 posts)

Road Treatments and Road Bikeschbarr
Dec 19, 2003 7:24 AM

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts about road riding when the road has been treated for ice/snow. Obviously I wouldn't be riding through any large patch of salt (or whatever they happen to be using). It's a dilemma: I don't want to deny myself road time, but i don't want to mass up my nice new tires.

Winter tires...biknben
Dec 19, 2003 8:32 AM
This is the time of year for cheap winter tires. Especially so if your area deals with regular snow and ice.

What are your "Nice new tires"? You could take your pick of wider touring tires that will get the job done while being more durable and comfortable.
re: Road Treatments and Road Bikessievers11
Dec 19, 2003 8:59 AM
you might want to look at some studed tires if you are going to be anywhere near ice or packed snow. they have snow tires that have little metal studs.
Sand is your biggest enemypitt83
Dec 19, 2003 9:08 AM
Or whatever friction treatment additive they use in your area (cinders were used when I was young). Skidding in a patch of those could literally kill you. As they say, rubber side down.

Agree with the other posters: Buy some cheap beater 28's and ride all winter.

This is a bigger worry than aestetics of your nice new tires.
Sand is your biggest enemychbarr
Dec 19, 2003 10:19 AM
Less concerned with aesthetics than I am tearing up the tires (visions of rock salt slicing them up). I will look into the alternate tire option, though, given scheduling conflicts, I might not be able to do it before my next ride window (Sunday afternoon).

Thanks y'all!
Salt is not going to cut your tiresKerry Irons
Dec 19, 2003 5:49 PM
Salt is quite soft compared to the other debris you will encounter on the road. It's the corrosion you need to worry about, not rock salt cutting your tires.
re: Road Treatments and Road BikesGiant_Tom
Dec 19, 2003 10:30 AM
Well, if you live here in MN or anywhere else that they use the newer product called Magnesium Chloride I would be very careful. This stuff is extremely corrosive to bare aluminum and it doesn't really matter how long ago it was put down. The stuff holds moisture worse than salt and never really dries. I drive a semi for work overnight and by the end of the night the truck looks like it has been through a dirty rainstorm, it's filthy and wet all over, even if it's a clear night. Any polished aluminum is not any longer after about 2-3 snow events that they use this stuff. It's nasty. :-( Tom S.