new Schwalbe marathon winter studded tire

Step 1 For Studded Tires, Ride 25 Miles to Seat The Studs

new Schwalbe marathon winter studded tire
According to Peter White cycles, Nokian studded tires required riding for 25-30 miles on pavement to seat the studs because they have poor quality control. I bought a set of Schwalbe tires and they now have the same recommendation. Anyway, it was nice to go test them out, and I rode them easy on the Cherry Creek trail which runs near my neighborhood.

front tire Schwalbe marathon winter studded

First impressions is they are noisy with 240 studs hitting the ground. Overall I think the grip is a little less with studs on pavement than if it was all rubber. It takes away some of the stickiness since the studs are first to contact the road. No matter, I didn’t get them for stickiness on dry roads, but for ice.

While Schwalbe says that you can lose 5-10 studs during this process I didn’t lose a single stud. So I’m happy with that.

With some snow coming later in the week I hope to have a chance to really test them out. It’s going to test me too since it will be in the single digit temps in the morning. Brrr 🙂

Easton Carbon seatpost sheared off

Carbon Seatpost Failure

Easton Carbon seatpost sheared off
Carbon seatpost, nice and light right? That’s kind of what I was thinking when I rode it. Until one day I grabbed my bike to lift it over a toy when I was on my way out of the garage. I heard a sound like ripping felt or wool, and the seat came up in my hand. The carbon seatpost was sheared off close to the top of the seat tube! I had never seen anything like it, I preferred this to happen when I was off the bike, to having it rip apart while I was riding. Still, a little disconcerting.

Needless to say I didn’t purchase a new carbon seat post. My new post is aluminum.
Easton Carbon seatpost sheared off 2