What to use for winter?

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What to use for winter?

Postby snoopsmydogg » Mon Dec 03, 2012 13:27 pm

Not sure if this has been asked before (most likely has but search didnt show anything).

With the winter closing in i'm starting to wonder which bike would be best to use over the coming months to keep my fitness up? I don't commute since I have to drop my son at nursery on a morning and there isnt time to get to work after so my only time is on an evening/weekend. I have a winter road bike and HT mtb but not sure which would be the best to use in the icy conditions.

Oh and a turbo trainer isn't really an option as basically there isnt room in the house or garage.

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Re: What to use for winter?

Postby CookeeeMonster » Mon Dec 03, 2012 13:55 pm

for icy conditions put studded tyres on the mtb? if not icy use the road bike
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Re: What to use for winter?

Postby snoopsmydogg » Mon Dec 03, 2012 14:40 pm

had thought of studs but with xmas coming the money is going elsewhere and would have thought they were a bit overkill in this country.

was out last night on the mtb but tried to stay off the roads with all the ice around. the local trails have been churned up by horse riders so its a mix of ice and bog which in the dark isn't a lot of fun. I had read that a road bike has a better footprint than nobbly tyres so was better on the icy roads but then got to wondering if it would be worth fitting a set of city jets to the mtb to get a bigger footprint than the road tyres.

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Re: What to use for winter?

Postby cougie » Mon Dec 03, 2012 15:02 pm

If its not icy - the road bike.

If it is icy - the MTB off road.

If there's much ice around then nothing short of studded tyres will keep you upright so just don't ride on the roads at all.

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Re: What to use for winter?

Postby oxoman » Mon Dec 03, 2012 15:14 pm

As people have already commented if its likely to be icy on your route then studded tyres or alternative transport. My commute is main road and as such gets gritted. As most of the grit seems to get washed into the gutter its normally ok, occasionally if a puddle it will still freeze but common sense says go around it. As most of the time last winter it was either wet or dry it wasn't a problem, this year looks like it might be different. I only chickened out 1 day last year and it had snowed and part thawed then frozen solid, tried it for about 50 metres then turned back and drove gingerly to work. Might get some studded tyres for my Hybrid if it looks to be staying crap otherwise roadbike.
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Re: What to use for winter?

Postby Monty Dog » Mon Dec 03, 2012 16:29 pm

Wet rubber has about a zero co-efficient of friction on ice - chances are you'll hit the deck, particularly with skinny road tyres unless you're riding salted/ gritted main roads. Luckily, I can commute most of the way offroad if necessary. These last few winters where we've had a few days of snow has made getting studded tyres a good decision - don't expect to get as far or as fast, but it still good fun. We have some predominantly offroad routes that takes in some unclassified roads that typically wear an inch of sheet ice - it would be unrideable even on an MTB unless using studded tyres.
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