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  • #16
    Those Nokian Extreme's are awesome tires. On rink ice you can lean far enough to get pedal strikes. I adjust pressure by feel for conditions, and agree that lower is usually better. For really soft trail conditions you can run them all the way down to virtually zero, but for running the lower pressures you need to glue the bead (one side only!) to the rim with a little Barge cement to prevent rotational slippage. By my experience, the carbide pins give almost as positive traction on bare surfaces as on ice. I've never feared running them on any surface, and you'll have your work cut out for you trying to wear them out; I don't think it's possible.
    ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
    I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
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    • #17
      Was driving back from Palmer
      State PU w/Plow was plowing the Palmer Wasilla Hwy paved path,
      Bogard from Colony to Palmer trail is snow free
      Church & Spruce have been plowed.
      Trail going along Wasilla Fishhook to Seldon plowed
      Forgot to look at the Trunk trail, probably plowed too.

      If it warms up, looks like I might get some miles in

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      • #18
        Paths along the Parks plowed too, all the way to Big Lake rd. anyway
        :topjob:

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        • #19
          14 mile ride today

          Originally posted by mudbuddy View Post
          Paths along the Parks plowed too, all the way to Big Lake rd. anyway
          :topjob:
          Not plowed Now, plowed over would be more correct!

          New to riding on snow, so I got a few surprises,
          Don't turn when you hit a 3" drift.
          Riding in slushy stuff will ice up the derailleurs, carry something to lightly tap them with
          Wear layers that are easy to remove & add. Started was just right, got warm & started to sweat, removed a couple layers & the temp started dropping so needed to add a layer. (need an outside layer with windstop on the front of chest & arms & breathable on the back side.)
          Warm gloves will be needed.
          Speed is way slower & probably not gonna cover anywhere near the distance like when summer riding.
          Work different muscles riding slow,
          there's no or very little coasting down hills

          Rode the paths 14 mile , studs worked well, 38 psi inside the shop.
          Was gonna ride to Palmer & back but felt like I was riding up hill every mile.
          14 miles was a good work out, almost a 2 hour ride

          1st Pic from Trunk Rd between PWH & the Parks,
          10% look like this:
          DSCF5966.jpg

          2nd pic is between Bogard (near the round-a-bout) & PWH
          Some spots 3" or so.
          Ridable but low gear & pretty slow.
          90% looked like this:
          DSCF5965.jpg

          Worst trail was along Blue Lupine between Trunk & the Seward M
          Rode the shoulder of the SM from Sears to PWH path

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          • #20
            Originally posted by mudbuddy View Post
            Warm gloves will be needed.
            Pogies, man; you need Pogies!
            ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
            I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
            The last thing Alaska needs is another bigot. ~member Catch It

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            • #21
              This biking thing is becoming a black hole to throw money into.
              Might be better to spend it on a plane ticket south with the bike

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              • #22
                Get a decent pair, something like the Dogwood Design Pogies (made in AK) and you can use them on your snowmachine too. Worth their weight in gold.
                ...he who knows nothing is nearer to truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods & errors. ~Thomas Jefferson
                I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief. ~Gerry Spence
                The last thing Alaska needs is another bigot. ~member Catch It

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                • #23
                  Pogies, while I want to get some of the dogwood designs, all last winter I used some cheap snowmachine pogies for @$30. I use a light liner glove and am typically fine. The original snowbike pogies were thriftstore sourced winter jacket hoods that went over the grips and we're either stapled or sewn.

                  If you are in the snow and feel like you are wrestling and fighting the bike let air out.

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                  • #24
                    Good idea
                    I have a couple fur lined carhart hoods from my working days, they'd work !

                    Stayed on top most of the ride (1 - 2") , a few drifts & deep spots (hard to see coming) caught me off guard
                    Didn't wreck but real close.
                    Still learning

                    Having a Blizzard here now
                    Couple feet would be nice, eh?

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                    • #25
                      Yep a couple of feet with a nice base would be awesome

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                      • #26
                        I used to use #6 sheet metal screws in the tires. Worked perfectly, but there was significant increase in rolling resistance.
                        Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence. Albert Einstein

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                        You can piddle with the puppies, or run with the wolves...

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                        • #27
                          I know that works for ATV tires & shoes :topjob:

                          Are bike tires thick enough for screws ?
                          Mine are pretty thin with pretty small nubs.
                          Do you put glue on the threads ?

                          Studs1.JPG

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                          • #28
                            20 mi ride today

                            30, 20 mph winds / now snow or ice on roads & paved paths :topjob:
                            Rode the flatbar road bike to Palmer & back via PWH/ Trnk/Bog to bike store
                            PWH to Trnk / Bluelupine home

                            Had to dodge a couple snow piles but 99.9% snow & ice free

                            Dressed almost to warm with the wind. Average slower than summer.
                            But it did feel good to get some blood pumping
                            DSCF6042.jpg

                            Hit near 35 mph with the wind, down hill on trunk, near hospital round-a-bout
                            11-30-15 ride.jpg

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