Spring is here early for me in 2016, thanks to Schwalbe’s Winter studded 700×40 tires. Today the temps were in the upper 20’s, so I decided to try them out for the first time.
This year I am training using the Primal Endurance/Maffetone method, which means keeping my heart rate at or below MAF (maximum aerobic function). For me, that tops out at 139 beats per minute. I have my Garmin set to beep when I go above that heart rate and let me tell you, it translates to s l o w. I rode 14 miles with a 15mph headwind for the majority of it. My average speed was a ridiculously slow 9.8mph. Let’s just say that I have a lot of room for improvement this year 🙂
Temperature-wise I was plenty warm, except for my toes. I was wearing thick wool socks in a mountain bike shoe with a neoprene cover. I will be looking for a better setup, because the toes were uncomfortably cold. Other than that, 3 layers on top – base, mid and windbreaker were great. On the bottom, bike shorts, running pants and ski pants over were perfect. I wore a balaclava on my head and Swix ski gloves.
To review the tires, they were excellent! On hard-packed, icy roads I felt confident. No problems on clear pavement, even up over 20mph. Felt steady on descents with random patches of ice. Got a little squirrely in the loose stuff. All in all I’m very happy with them and just to get out on the bike 2 months earlier than usual is well worth the money.
Other stats for my personal record keeping:
Bike at 30#
Studded tires at 40psi
Rider at 134.5#, well-rested, HRV 61 this morning, fueled by eggs and greens
Hit the 150’s on the hills