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Kjetil
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Rush wrote:For your roadies that are riding in the snow and frost, what sort of tires do you use for winter? Which sorts of compounds work best for -5 degrees Celsius (or lower?). Is the Vittoria Open Pave the equivalent of a 'winter tire' for your bike?
I use the Schwalbe Ultremo DD now. It's quiet, much more so than the Conti GP4season I used before, which is the noisiest tire I've ever used on a road bike. The late winter roads may be mainly dry, but there is a lot of gravel from the winter mainenance. I've chosen these tires mainly for the increased sidewall protection compared to the Ultremo ZX and GP4000s, and in 25 mm size. I'm 73 kg.
The Open Pavè should be a good alternative. It's just that the green color clashes so enormously with Celeste...
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Rush wrote:For your roadies that are riding in the snow and frost, what sort of tires do you use for winter? Which sorts of compounds work best for -5 degrees Celsius (or lower?). Is the Vittoria Open Pave the equivalent of a 'winter tire' for your bike?
http://www.gazzatyres.com/w106.html

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by xrs2

I don't make special concessions for the winter, same tires as in the summer, except when there is snow on the ground. Then I use knobby cross tires (on a cross bike, of course)

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xrs2, very cool photos! I like the first one especially. :thumbup:

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by kervelo

Kjetil wrote:The Open Pavè should be a good alternative. It's just that the green color clashes so enormously with Celeste...


Open Pave is a great winter tyre, but it won't survive a week of use if there is gravel on the road (especially of the man made variant, crushed stone). The flints stuck to the soft rubber and puncture the tyre quickly.

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Half a mile at 25% grade! Ouch

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@Billysan... Ouch is right!

At the other end of the spectrum, I had a relatively flat ride today...

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billysan wrote:Half a mile at 25% grade! Ouch


They are two separate road signs :wink: It says that drivers should use a low gear for 1/2 a mile, and it says there is a section of road peaking at around 25% gradient. That section could be anything from 10 yards on up.

Not meaning to sound like a dick (anything that gets that steep is awesome) but gradient claims are a real bugbear of mine!

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by Alan.Cross

HammerTime2 wrote:Alan.Cross,

Do you or did you have an Alan cross bike?



Sorry for the late answer, saw your post just right now. I have a Alan TopCross Carbonio, made 1996 or 1997. Have not been on that bike for ages, but it still exists.

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92km today...

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Not me, but a friend of mine. And it's not a cyclocross bike.

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A few shots from this winter/ spring. All from around Ljubljana.

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Tossed race wheels on the training bike today. Might race it after al!
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