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All that glitters-more winter fun

by Ruth Kaser for Shop News

Today we received our order of bicycle tires from Schwalbe North America. In this case what shines are studs in the tires. There are 200 in each of the 26×1.75 tires for Don’s work bike and 240 in each of the 700x35C tires for my cyclocross bike.

Their Marathon Winter has what we are looking for in a winter tire. It is very versatile in that it can be run at full pressure on ice free days, with minimal road noise and rolling resistance. Once the NE Ohio ice and snow duo arrive we will ride on the minimum recommended pressure for maximum contact with the road. These tires also use Schwalbes RaceGuard® belt. This belt was developed specially with racing in mind. A synthesis of special india rubber and several layers of nylon fabric offers very effective protection against penetration punctures. There is only a minimal increase in weight and rolling resistance of these tires.

To achieve the maximum enjoyment out of studded tires there are a few tips to keep in the back of your mind:

  • In order to ensure that spikes are permanently fixed, tires should be run in for about 25 miles on asphalt, while avoiding any fast acceleration or heavy braking;
  • Even after the brake in period do not be a lead foot-do not do hard accelerations  and  stops;
  • Ditto with hard cornering-don’t.

It is not unusual to lose studs over the course of the winter-50 or so per tire. The above tips will help you to lose an excessive amount. Replacement studs are available and each manufacturer has their own.

Marathon Winter HS 396

Marathon Winter HS 396

Stud/spike cross section

Stud/spike cross section

Spikes All Schwalbe spikes have a core made of extremely hard wearing tungsten carbide, so they can cover a over a thousand miles. The spike base is made of fully galvanized steel.


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