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    Anyone run Freddie's on Large Marge Rims?

    I realize it's a pretty narrow tire to run on such a wide rim, but I just mounted one (happened to have both sitting in my basement) and it doesn't look completely absurd. I'm guessing you might give up some cornering traction, but it seems like being able to run such low PSI should give you more studs in contact the rest of the time, not to mention better floatation (vs. a standard rim) on the snowy sections. Thoughts?
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    I think if the conditions are slick ice it makes perfect sense. There are pictures in the sticky threads above showing exactly that setup. Riding on frozen ponds without destroying your kneecaps really is a blast, and its funny to see other trail users stare in disbelief.

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    I just bought a pair of Gazza 294s. With them sitting side by side the side lugs interlock. It got me thinking about either sewing the inner sidewalls together and cutting out the center bead or just drilling two new valve holes and running two tubes with the tires sew together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles e
    I realize it's a pretty narrow tire to run on such a wide rim, but I just mounted one (happened to have both sitting in my basement) and it doesn't look completely absurd. I'm guessing you might give up some cornering traction, but it seems like being able to run such low PSI should give you more studs in contact the rest of the time, not to mention better floatation (vs. a standard rim) on the snowy sections. Thoughts?
    If you're looking for Velcro-like grip, you've found it. And I don't mean the cheap store brand hook-and-loop imitation crap. I mean Velcro, with a capital you-know-what.

    I rode ~600 miles of ice-packed AK highway on this setup a few winters ago. Towing an 80# trailer no less .
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/HU7BiBH5DTWtWRUSzV7uBw?authkey=Gv1sRgCN-LrsHnwsS_qgE&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rzh-PTRhnVI/AAAAAAAABHQ/Td9Qj0tKKqU/s800/P3100024e.jpg" /></a>

    Before ~halfway I would have *killed* to have gotten a little glide. At ~halfway the lack of glide killed me (well, my spirit). I couldn't get the contraption over ~10mph, even on relatively steep descending pavement. 3-4mph was tops on the flats.

    Once back in town I ditched the load and went out playing on some river and glacier ice.
    <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/5cLme9O2kqcU3ztkcIJ3eQ?authkey=Gv1sRgCN-LrsHnwsS_qgE&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.ggpht.com/_Z3iU73Uw_T8/Rzh58TRhnUI/AAAAAAAABHE/Xx91mekY7Ls/s800/Mike%20Curiak%20ice%20cube.jpg" /></a>

    I don't consider this setup much for flotation, but there may not be a better combo of grip for straight ice.

    MC

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    I don't consider this setup much for flotation, but there may not be a better combo of grip for straight ice.
    Good to hear, thanks Mike. Nice visuals too.

    I've got the floatation thing covered with the dedicated snow bike, so this setup would be for conditions that are primarily icy. Even then, we're likely to encounter a mixture of snow/ice, so any extra floatation would be welcome. I'll definitely give it a try.
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    Looks like a surfer in the tube!

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