New winter tires

_MAL6685.jpg, originally uploaded by Michael A. Lowry.

Friday I gave my new winter tires a proper test. I rode up the hill overlooking Brunnsviken’s Northern shore. I rode over snow and ice, and actually found that it was easier to bike on ice than snow. Snow tends to get kicked out from under the tires like dirt, whereas ice stays in place and provides a solid surface for the tires to grip.

The tires are Nokian Extreme 294s, and I picked them up at an Extreme Mountain Sports store on Cape Cod last Summer. I bought them for 75 USD apiece — on sale because there was no snow in Massachusetts at the time, and these two were the last pair in stock.

Here are a few photos of the new tires.

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