• 11-28-2018
    mtnbkrmike
    Winter Tire Recommendations
    Hey commuting maniacs.

    I commute daily in Calgary Alberta. Almost 15 kms one way.

    My winter commuter is a rigid 2008 Kona Fire Mountain mountain bike. I am running studded Schwalbe Marathon 1.75s.

    Granted, they are about 2 seasons old and have been ridden quite a bit on pavement, but man, do they suck. I have to ride down a long steep hill with underground springs that wash sideways across the road in places. It's horrible on any tire, but I think I must be able to do better than the Marthons that are on there.

    In melting snow with a crumbly base and ruts, the skinniness of the tires seem to contribute to a feeling that I may die at any moment.

    Anyone have any recommendation for a tire to best deal with downhill ice, and soft heavy accumulations of snow?
  • 11-29-2018
    cyclingdutchman
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mtnbkrmike View Post
    Anyone have any recommendation for a tire to best deal with downhill ice, and soft heavy accumulations of snow?

    No.

    For downhill ice I would recommend spiketires, for soft heavy snow a fatbike.

    Maybe someone will invent a fat spiketire for you?

    I know I have seen strap on spikes for a bike tire, maybe that is something for you?

    I did a quick search and didnt find what I was looking for, but I did find this:
    https://hiconsumption.com/2012/11/bicycle-tire-spikes/

    CU, CD
  • 11-29-2018
    JBarn
    For icy crap, it's hard to beat the Schwalbe studded tires. I have a set of extra rims so I can swap as needed.

    They do take more power so when it's bad, i put one on the front. When it's really bad, I run both.