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Tread direction for optimal traction in winter?

Old 10-08-19, 11:01 PM
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Yes, a lot of salt, and I don't want to ruin my steely. So I want to park it for the winter. The giant currently has a 2.5" knobby on the back and a 2.4" on the front. I expect to completely re-service the front and rear suspension
in the spring. Heh, spring, get it? I have both tires turned forward now, so that's no longer a discussion. For winter here, where we have a lot of melting, it's best to keep them forward.
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Old 10-23-19, 09:09 PM
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I'm in Nelson B.C., in the kootenays yes. I just ordered the ice spiker pro tire, and yes, they cost 250. Who cares? I've also placed mud guards, and have both fenders on now. I've decided money is no longer the object.
I'll put up pics when the new tires come in. Snow is coming soon, so I'll need to do this within a month.
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Old 10-23-19, 09:22 PM
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Dam, so I should get the 2.1" nokias for 250 can? I was hoping on a fixed income the 600 I already spent on the darn thing would be enough. Would narrow studded tires make that much more difference over larger
new knobbies? And I'm certain the dual suspension will help, my old steel bike just bounced around on the ice. I still held it though, even during snowstorms. I'm very stubborn.
Never put money over safety plus groceries are costly.
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Old 10-24-19, 12:49 AM
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Money = safety. Period. Cheap equals dead. Food is nice, but can't eat if dead. Getting the studded tires because I feel my life is worth it. Oh, and the spikers are 2.2", so not bad. I'll post pics of these things when I get them, they are truly nasty looking tires!
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Old 10-24-19, 07:04 AM
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Money = safety. Period. Cheap equals dead. Food is nice, but can't eat if dead. Getting the studded tires because I feel my life is worth it. Oh, and the spikers are 2.2", so not bad. I'll post pics of these things when I get them, they are truly nasty looking tires!
You made a wise decision. Studded tires in your situation are not a luxury item.
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Old 10-24-19, 08:58 AM
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yeah, good choice, riding is so much more enjoyable when there's no fear of eminent death or breakage
post pics when you get them mounted. I'm sharing mine when I see yours....
I only wished we got the regular snows like you, last 2 winters have been rather mild here in the NE. It's only October, we rarely see snow before thanksgiving by me.
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Old 10-24-19, 03:58 PM
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The problem isn't the regular snows, its that after December, we can go above freezing, and then back below. A lot of slush gets frozen, and then things get fun! Washboard frozen slush is horrible to navigate. And deep ruts too.
That's I went with the ice spikers. Your supposed to be able to race on stuff like this! I have a feeling this winter will be a lot more fun than last.....
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Old 10-24-19, 04:32 PM
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And honestly, none of you have ever run the winter without studs on your bikes? Really? What fun is that? Guts or glory, dam, and I'm a Canadian. I ran all winter long last year on tiny tires on an old steel bike
and survived just fine. I may try spikes this year, or not. I might just use balls instead!
MA rider here. It's not about bravado, it's about staying upright. Low $$ funds? What would a broken arm cost you? Time and $$? Need to work everyday? Long term issues?
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Old 11-07-19, 05:35 PM
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Okay, winterized!

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Old 11-07-19, 07:22 PM
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Heh, and yes, realized I put the front one on backwards. Has since been corrected!
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Old 11-08-19, 05:25 AM
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Youíre not alone cough cough now Iíve marked some tires w/ the rotation direction w a china marker and even on some tires Iíll write the tire pressure range cuz those black on black embossed markings are too tough for me to read w/o over the counter eyeglasses and a flashlight - ugh
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Old 11-09-19, 09:34 PM
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Also I noticed a lot of complaints about the marathon winters losing studs. They want to put 60 psi and run them im. Stupid. 35 psi for the first40-50kms. 20-30 miles for you yanks. Still running mine in at close to 40k, and no missing studs. Second, the studs coming through the tire and causing punctures. Again, 60+ psi on winter tires is stupid! These are not summer racing tires. They have studs in them! Don't put so much pressure into them. Yes, it's higher rolling resistance, but it's winter! Wait until summer to pump 80psi into your tires to go 60kmh.
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