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Top 5 bicycle tires for snow and rain
The key to riding your bike in bad weather is the tires. Because they are physically in contact with the terrain if you are going into rain, mud, or snow you need bicycle tires that can handle the elements.
Despite the advantages these tires give you remember that you must still ride with caution in rain and snow conditions. Visibility is likely to be a problem for you as well as those around you, and other bikers and especially automobiles will be dealing with the elements as well. Unfortunately you can't assume caution in others during bad weather so it is best to be hyper-aware of your surroundings, wear highly visible clothes and have your lights and reflectors in the proper place.
Using the appropriate bicycle tires gives you a big advantage in bad weather. You can then work with the weather and not against it, which means that if your tires keep in contact with the terrain and you can adjust your speed and movements to conditions.
Here are five of the best bicycle tires to have in bad weather conditions:
This is a good all-around tire which performs well in adverse weather conditions. Continental Ultra Sports tires have high puncture resistance and an effective tread pattern with treaded shoulders and circumferential grooves in the center to increase lateral grip. The Ultra Sport tires are solid performers in the rain though they are not as ideal for mud and snow and are not your best rugged terrain tire. Still, they are priced right at $25 and the rain traction is great so if that's your main concern they are a solid choice.
The Continental Town & Country Urban Tire is a smooth tread tire built for stability and traction that grips asphalt well in rain and works moderately well on ice and snow. The lack of grooves mean this isn't your rugged mud or snow tire either, but it provides a very effective ride with its inverted tread channels slicing through regular rainy conditions and is good for situations where you'll be encountering standing water. A very safe ride in the rain.
Here is your mud and snow shearing tire. A rough terrain tire that can handle ice and mud this is an assertive cross country tire that provides strong control in bad weather conditions. Suited to mud and snow the opposing parallelogram center tread design really grips. Wide lug spacing really sheds mud or snow.
Another good tire for mud and snow shearing. The Continental Speed King Cyclocross tire utilizes widely spaced tread to shed mud or snow and give you better traction in sloppy conditions. Has stout sidewalls and provides great grab that gives you control even in adverse ice conditions. Decent in rain but really shines in rugged terrain conditions.
A powerful high-air performer that is built for jumps and rugged terrain, the Mas Loco Performance Rigid Mountain Tire can be effectively utilized in rough weather as a rain, mud, sleet or snow tire. This is the tire you want going downhill in bad weather conditions. Cross Bones casting reinforcements give you resistance against shocks and frontal impacts. Can handle gravel in rain and ice. Powerful braking based on non-ramped knobs. A strong bad weather shearer.
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