Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 23:25:56 -0500
From: Four Weis <mweinopsamcom>
Subject: Re: buy snow tires or not?

This has been a very interesting thread. I suspect many people still think of "snow" tires as the old pattern, with a wide open aggressive tread pattern. I used Pirelli Winter 190s and while they are great in the snow, they did slide on wet pavement. However, the newer pattern, with blocks of multiple sipes, works very well on snow, ice, and wet roads. They also work on dry roads, but would tend to wear out faster. I am using Michelin Artic Alpins and they are a great rain tire. The "great" expense of buying another set of rims was raised. You can order a set of tires already mounted and balanced on steel rims from for about the same cost of just the tires alone at a retail store. As this thread started out, people can "get by" with all-seasons, if they are careful and slow down and don't drive until the roads are plowed and salted. With snows on all four corners, you don't have to wait for the roads to be plowed or the snow to melt. I live in a suburban area and the limited funding results in only the main roads being cleared. In fact, the main roads are dry while not a single plow has gone into the developments. You need the snow tires to get to the main streets. With snows, I am able to climb unshoveled driveways where four wheel drives with all-seasons just spin their wheels and slip down. wrote: > Someone who looks an awful lot like tom reingold <> wrote: > > > A Norwegian asked the question, and a Swede answered. > > More remarkably, the Norwegian and the Swede agree with each other. That, > in itself, is remarkable ;) (det var bara paa skoj) > > > Your definition of > > "all conditions" will vary from theirs. They have more snow than you and > > I do. Therefore, the answer has to be different. > > Well, I guess it comes down to "It's like this all winter", vs. "It's > like this a couple of times a year". I don't think it's worth trying > to save the one-time expense of 4 rims to use mediocre tires all year round. > > Dave Hinz

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