Monday, October 6, 2008

safe investments

In these troubled economic times, we at Hiawatha Cyclery advocate investing your money where it will yield some immediate and lasting tangible benefit to you, regardless of how the stock market ravages your 401k or IRA. This time of year, the most sensible investment you can make may be in a good set of studded tires. To entice you to act soon, we have special pricing for a limited time on some models. All the tires we sell feature carbide steel studs, for wear resistance. It's not uncommon to get more than 5 years out of one set of tires. My old Nokians are entering their fifth winter, and I'm hard pressed to detect any significant stud wear.

Nokian has been a pioneer in studded tire development. These tires are known far and wide for toughness and longevity and high rolling resistance.

Mount & Ground W160 26x1.9" MSRP $65, now $110 for a pair
Hakkapelitta 700x35 106 studs MSRP $52, now $90 for a pair.

We tried the Kenda studded tires last year when Nokians were impossible to find, and we were suitably impressed. Kevin rode them all winter on his ANT and claims they roll better than Nokians (not hard to imagine). They seem to be a little skinnier than the Hakkapelitta 700x35, and may fit bikes with slightly tighter clearances.

Kenda Klondike K1014 700x35 MSRP $65, now $110 for a pair

My initial impression of the Schwalbe tires (Snow Stud model) was that they were high quality, but I didn't see why they may be preferred to the old reliable Nokians that we love so well. Then Schwalbe came out with the Marathon Winter, which may be the nicest commuter-level studded tire on the market. It appears to have a lighter, more supple casing and isn't any heavier than it has to be. Despite having LOTS more studs, it's a lighter tire than comparable Nokian and Kenda models. Mark rode some last winter and put to rest his blisteringly negative associations of studded tires. The Schwalbe Marathon Winter features a reflective stripe on each sidewall for added visibility.

Marathon Winter 700x35 MSRP $78, now $130 for a pair
Marathon Winter 700x40 MSRP $78, now $130 for a pair
Marathon Winter 26x1.75" MSRP $78, now $130 for a pair

We hope to add the Nokian A10 in 700x30 and 650B to our inventory soon.

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