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Cold, but still rolling

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

So far both mornings this week have seen single-digit temperatures, and below-zero windchills. But I’m getting pretty good at this (again) and riding to work really hasn’t been a problem. I’m still working out exactly the right set of layers, but only making small tweaks at this point. It is a little silly how many layers I have to peel off when I arrive at work, though.

On a side note, I have long wanted studded tires, but I haven’t been able to justify the cost. Until this weekend, that is: I found a “used” pair — actually brand new, the guy bought them and realized they wouldn’t work with his tubeless mountain bike setup, so they had never even been ridden. He was selling the pair for $70 (each tire normally goes for about $55) so I snatched them up. They’re Nokian Mount & Ground tires, 26×1.9″. So far I’ve only mounted the front tire, and we don’t have ice at the moment, so I will have to wait to formulate an opinion.

I will say that to the front tire actually rolls BETTER than the old, crummy, knobby tire I had on there before. These Mount & Grounds have less-aggressive knobs and are a little narrower. The carbide studs make a pretty unpleasant noise as I ride, but I think it’ll be worth putting up with it to stay vertical.

3 Responses to “Cold, but still rolling”

  1. Redbike Says:

    I’ve also bought a set of used (but reasonably new) studded tyres. Sadly mine have started to fall apart and split after only one ride. I think they’ve gone brittle having been stored for a number of years.

    I found the grip on un-disturbed ice / snow was fantastic. I even rode down a very shallow iced over stream. Sadly anywhere where there was car /bike tracks was still lethal. The wheels insisted on following these tracks like they were rails.

  2. Bill Lambert Says:

    I have grown to love the sound of my studded tires on dry pavement. I am getting pretty good at judging my speed by the pitch of my tires. Are you supposed to get snow tomorrow (Thursday)? You’ll be able to use your new tires then.

  3. Jon Grinder Says:

    Think of the studs-on-pavement sound as the sizzling of the bacon you are earning by riding your bike. 😉

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