Question about riding in snow esp. for those with the proper tyres

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by KneesUp, 1 Mar 2018.

  1. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Truly, on studded tyres you won't fall off when turning, but the feeling is quite scaring non the less, well, to a wuss like me it is :laugh:
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    On ice, changing or attempting to your speed or direction is not advised. You'll be off in most cases.
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  3. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Never used studded tyres, having stuck with knobblies for snow and ice.
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  4. Pat "5mph"

    Pat "5mph" A kilogrammicaly challenged woman Moderator

    Aye, but don't you ride a recumbent trike?
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  5. mjr

    mjr Comfy armchair to one person & a plank to the next

    Not with studs. Being unable to change speed or direction on ice would have been rather limiting this week!
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  6. Reiver

    Reiver Legendary Member

    I'm just on normal road 28c marathons. I am very much at he beginning of the learning curve with this but getting the right technique is all important, when you're getting your weight between front and back right it's amazing what you can plough through, also coming off becomes very controlable and you don't always need to end up on your aris. - but with many many many different types of snow and ice its a big learning curve.
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Four wheels, aye, but also a road bike and mountain bikes.
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  8. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Moderator

    So did I. There was a long stretch where there wasn't a choice though. Ended up pushing a few times.
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  9. I went out and had a play on my Carrera the other day, it's got 26,x 1.95 Panaracer and found them fine on soft snow , but the front would snatch / dig in like riding on sand when I hit hard snow.
    I was wondering if narrower front tyres would be better ? I didn't get the chance to try my theory out as the snow has gone. I was thinking that rally cars fit narrow tyres in deep snow conditions .
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  10. They do yes, but invariably heavily studded too, if ice expected

    It's the same in 4x4 land, all these fancy wide tyres may look good, but float/slide about on top (unless they're a true floatation tyre)

    Many years ago, Land Rover themselves, found this out. during the Darien Gap expedition (using the then, fairly new, Range Rover)
    They'd been advised to fit wide tyres, to cope with the conditions, but found that diffs were exploding due to the extra mechanical stress
    Cue, a return to narrower tyres (7.50 Firestone SAT, if memory serves), & no diff-problems

    From about 1.10

    Still a damned good tyre, but a crossply (was produced as a remould, on a radial casing)
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