Posts Tagged ‘Nokian’

Introducing Fat Tuesday’s – A Weekly Post About Fat Bikes & Gear

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The Salsa Mukluk is as good on the trail as it is in the snow

If you’ve spent time poking around the shop side of TreeFortBikes.com, you may have noticed a curious something that we’re peddling on this corner of the internet: a bike with really, really big tires. Some of you may be more than familiar with the sight; certainly others are already totally-pumped owners of such a steed.

We’re talking about fat bikes — a bike that’s built entirely for use with tires that run (get ready) about 4 – 5 inches wide. Why, you ask? So you can float! Well, in a sense. The expanded surface area of these tires suspends the cyclist higher aloft on loose surfaces like sand and snow, and also permits the kind of super-low air pressures that make a tire into a regular cushion, emboldened to trample over the more impassable reaches of earth. Okay, I’m already a little out of breath. Honestly, there is a lot to say about fat bikes. There’s frame design and proprietary parts unique to fatties; there’s the market to explore, including new and veteran brands that are taking fat bike outfitting to the next level; and, of course, there are adventure stories to be told from the trail, where the boundaries of fat bike riding are constantly being expanded and re-imagined. (more…)

Studded Tires – A Need To Know

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Studded Tires on Ice For most of the country a bothersome season called winter tries to throw a wrench into training or commuting habits developed in warmer seasons past. Next to clothing, tires can be the most important key to winter riding success. Poor tire choice can not only make for an unpleasant riding experience, it can also be outright dangerous.

The most common style of winter tires are studded tires. Studded tires use steel or carbide studs that are molded into the tire casing to provide traction on ice and snow covered paths, trails, and roadways. They can vary in stud count from as few as 40 to as many as 300.
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