What tyres for winter time

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What tyres for winter time

Postby martylaa » Tue Dec 11, 2012 21:49 pm

What road tyres do you use in the winter to combat ice, grit, water etc etc, there's a lot of hills around my way and they do some black ice pretty easily on there?
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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby 16mm » Tue Dec 11, 2012 22:42 pm

martylaa wrote:What road tyres do you use in the winter to combat ice, grit, water etc etc, there's a lot of hills around my way and they do some black ice pretty easily on there?

If you must ride when there is ice, then ice spikes are the only thing that will reliably keep you upright.
Otherwise you need to avoid ice.

Cycling in the other winter conditions just requires some tough, grippy (softer rubber, rather than knobbly) and wide tyres.

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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby oxoman » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:03 pm

Read up about marathon winters,loads of stuff on here about them. I believe the smallest they do is 700 x 35 but don't hold me to it, looking at getting some myself.
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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby amaferanga » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:14 pm

You can get 700 x 30 studded tyres now:

http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k1041/a85423/winter-118-spikes-28-x-120-wire.html

Probably still too big for road bikes unless you have big clearances and deep drop brakes.
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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby 16mm » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:47 pm

I put on some marathon winter 700*35s last night.
They fit a PX Kaffenback /Pompino disk forks & sks longboards easily.
4 lines of studs, at high pressures the centre 2 lines are in contact with the road, so a bit of noise and feedback, but confidence on frost and shiny black stuff.
If I let the pressure out the outer 2 rows of studs on the shoulders will also be in contact, and I'd be happier on refrozen snow and ice.
The 700*35 s are less draggy than the 26*1.5 s I've used.

Looking at the diagram of the narrower tyres linked above, you can see the holes where the outer rows of studs would be.

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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby cyberknight » Sat Dec 15, 2012 22:30 pm

Just need a tyre you can run under cruds :)
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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby Htron » Mon Dec 17, 2012 12:24 pm

I decided to retool the MTB with these as I have no clearance under the mudguards on my road bike:

http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k1040/ ... -wire.html

Cheap and gave me confidence across various conditions last week. My first purchase from Bike-discount but they were excellent.

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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby dmclite-3.0 » Tue Dec 18, 2012 15:54 pm

I run Vittoria zaffiros with the wire beads through winter. Run under cruds, bombproof, roll ok and are £8 a pop.
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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby 16mm » Tue Dec 18, 2012 16:26 pm

dmclite-3.0 wrote:I run Vittoria zaffiros with the wire beads through winter. Run under cruds, bombproof, roll ok and are £8 a pop.

Bombproof is not the same as iceproof though. If you need to ride where it's icey Zaffiros won't help.

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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby dmclite-3.0 » Thu Dec 20, 2012 21:41 pm

16mm wrote:
dmclite-3.0 wrote:I run Vittoria zaffiros with the wire beads through winter. Run under cruds, bombproof, roll ok and are £8 a pop.

Bombproof is not the same as iceproof though. If you need to ride where it's icey Zaffiros won't help.


If you ride on ice then you need a skidoo matey, no bike tyres are not going to be any good. :|
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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby 16mm » Fri Dec 21, 2012 09:11 am

dmclite-3.0 wrote:
16mm wrote:
dmclite-3.0 wrote:I run Vittoria zaffiros with the wire beads through winter. Run under cruds, bombproof, roll ok and are £8 a pop.

Bombproof is not the same as iceproof though. If you need to ride where it's icey Zaffiros won't help.


If you ride on ice then you need a skidoo matey, no bike tyres are not going to be any good. :|


See posts above, schwable marathon winters with spikes are discussed & they're designed for ice, and really good. The original poster mentioned cycling on ice specifically. With these tyres ice is no problem, so you can pull a sidoo.

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Re: What tyres for winter time

Postby 16mm » Wed Jan 23, 2013 19:51 pm

Just a quick update. Schwable Marathon Winters are awesome. Ice, compacted snow. No slippage:-)


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