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post #1 of 5 Old 01-13-2013, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
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Functional sparkle?

If that's the definition of farkle then I suppose studded tires count! I just got to ride my Pirelli MT21's with DOT legal studs from Kevin's Cycle. They're everything I expected they would be; safer!

Braking is compromised on asphalt as with cornering and acceleration on ice but these are allowing me to ride on icy roads and safely transition through the frozen shadowed areas when the rest of the roads are clear. You've got to "pick your poison" these aren't ice spikes which not only self-destruct on asphalt but are not DOT legal but they ARE the difference between riding and not riding at all. For what it's worth, studded tires ARE legal during the winter months in Oregon. We have over 320 sunny days in central OR but a good handful with icy roads. Life is good with a little farkle!
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-13-2013, 08:14 PM
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Ice and 2 wheels is a bad combination. Must be the reason for the handle "crazymike" LOL
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-13-2013, 08:43 PM
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I just switch to full-on knobbies here on the Indyanna/ Mishagain border.
Here along Lake Michigan it gets mucho deep n' sloppy and I just baby the bike.
Ice isn't as much of an issue...most of the time, and I only ride now and again since I don't winterize.

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MT21's are about as much "full knobby" as I can get with the stock 17" and 21" wheels. I try to ride year-round because we really have beautiful weather here in Bend. It's the dry half of Oregon with very little rain and its dry enough that you can jog in shorts when it's 32 degrees. We DO have icy roads on and off during the winter months even with blue skies and I've already lost 1/4 of an elbow tipping over years ago. These studs will let me get to the dirt with my 1-3/4 elbows intact.
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Ice and 2 wheels is a bad combination. Must be the reason for the handle "crazymike" LOL
JHP, I haven't been able to shake that nickname for 30 years! It originated in So. Cal. With two other "Mikes" in our circle of friends. Of all the stupid stuff we did in cars, trucks and motorcycles, I was the only one that never did drugs nor alcohol so I became known as "crazy mike." The nickname was reborn when I started playing rugby at 38 and not wanting to change my philosophy of not drinking alcohol, once again I was labeled "crazy mike."

So you see, it's not that I'm crazy, it's that I'm so sane! Like nick naming a bald guy "Curley"
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