Bicycler wrote:redfacedbaldfatman wrote:Bicycler wrote:Personally I don't go for the Conti Winters and keep the same tyres on the bikes the full year around. I do keep a set of Schwalbe Snow Studs to be used if necessary.
I'm not sure that's a good idea, the compound is very soft and I can imagine (like winter car tyres) would wear significantly more in warmer weather.
You misunderstand. I keep my non-winter tyres on all year round but have a set of treaded spiked tyres I can fit if I want to venture out in properly wintery conditions. I suspect that you may be right about winter tyres in the summer. The Contis are also pricey at around £40 a tyre (and they never seem to be on offer) so if I were to use them I would leave it until I was sure winter proper had started and remove them ASAP in the spring, or maybe even have them on a spare bike just for days when they might be useful. Then again, some people pay that kind of money for summer tyres so it probably doesn't make too much difference to them. I'm a cheapskate
Sorry, I misread your post as "Personally I'd go for...".
I have a new set of winter contacts, just waiting for consistently low temps in the evenings before putting them on. I only bought them after having a slip in icy conditions last winter about 15 miles from home, on a virtual deserted cycle path. It made me think what would happen if I broke something and wasn't found for an hour or two.