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Poll: Would you buy winter tyres?

In this week's MCN, we look at the debate around riding all through the winter, and talk to people who ride 365 in much worse weather than the UK. One of the people we talk to is a Swedish bike journalist who rides every day of the year, using two types of specialist winter tyres when things get too slippy. Would you...

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Jul 11

Posts: 47

DrWorm says:


If my part of the UK was gripped by snow and ice for weeks then yes but it isn't so the cost cannot be justified.  I don't own a car so would probably walk/run/cycle to work/shops etc for the couple of weeks when it wouldn't be worth risking damage to my Kawasaki.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8637

snev says:


If I can't get out of my Drive due to Ice or Snow, I would leave my bike where it is and walk. Or have the day off.

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Sep 12

Posts: 212

domster says:

Winter Tyres

Absolutely, Heidenau snowtex are brilliant & it's generally only local residential roads that stay icy anyway.

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Feb 11

Posts: 87

draper12807 says:

My winter tyres consist of going from supercorsas to rosso corsas

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Mar 10

Posts: 100

jahagon says:


Although the idea of having fiercely spiked snow tyres does appeal to me.

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Feb 12

Posts: 255

Titosfuneral says:


For the car, I do. Not the bike. I buy them not just for snow, but so they grip better in cold temperatures. Where I live in S-E English countryside, people have no idea how to drive in the cold or the snow so I just don't give them the opportunity to mow me down. I can drive/ride in the snow because of where I come from. But people round here have no idea and are downright dangerous.

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Apr 12

Posts: 320

DazLoczy says:

Not full on winter tyres..

...not for the roads I travel anyway. Mostly A roads and motorways so should be gritted well. However I do fairly high mileage so need to change them about once every six months anyway so I tend to go for rain touring tyres in the winter and stickier sportier touring tyres in the summer.

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Nov 03

Posts: 471

kl595 says:


I'm in the UK and as rubbish as the weather can be, it doesn't get that bad. We may get some snow and ice but to be realistic, I am not going to be pushing anything to the limits. If I'm in the car or on the bike, I just drive a bit slower and appreciate snow, ice, man-made obstacles and mushy leaves.

If I'm honest, I don't think it's worth it. I would rather spend the money on helping councils find an alternative to the corrosive road salt they put down.

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Feb 12

Posts: 141

pissedsid says:

winter tyres

no point. if the weathers that bad i would need special tyres then surely its safer to stay in doors. if a car is available id use that instead

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Feb 11

Posts: 38

krustchoff says:

winter tires

i live in scotland so a dont buy winter tires i buy chains (snowchains) bit dodgy on the bends but when you hit the striaghts your ok. lol. if it gets that bad to the extent that the tires i use dont do with a bit of careful driving then its time for the bus or train or car.

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