Well, the long streak of anxiety when I ride on ice is over. For the past three years, I've risked life and limb to pedal through the winters here in Lexington. Though the winter is far more mild than some places, I have ridden ice and snow at least a few dozen times each year without studded tires. That slippery journey is no longer an issue. I finally have some security because I finally have studs.
I happened to be in a local bike shop, killing some time while my wife was at a doctors appointment when I spotted some Continental Spike Claw 240's on a clearance table for 75% off. 75% off of this sticker price? Could that be right? It was. Apparently, the market for studded tires isn't strong enough around here to unload them at full price. Well, I snatched them up and threw them on the Xtracycle as soon as I got home.
From what I can tell, the Xtra isn't the best option for slippery riding on the ice because of it's long wheelbase. But my Xtra has the internally geared hub, so it's going to get the most foul weather duty this winter. I'm sure I'll make it work. I do have a feeling the the Troll will see these studs here and there, as well.
But I'm just excited to finally have a studded tire for those rough rides. I've taken enough spills each winter to generate some excitement, I think.
Get out there.