Mountain Bike Suspension Parts & Maintenance : Mountain Biking on Wet Roads Safety Tips

Mountain Bike Suspension Parts & Maintenance : Mountain Biking on Wet Roads Safety Tips


In situations where you have to ride your
mountain bike in wet conditions, it’s good to know what sort of tire is going to work
well, what sort of tricks you can use to make your tires work better in the wet and just
soft of, some general concepts to keep in mind. I mean, if it’s really wet out, and
you’re just going out for a ride, don’t go. It’s going to hurt the trails, it’s going
to hurt the reputation of mountain bikers in general and its going to cause a lot more
clean-up time for you afterwards, probably longer than you are going to ride for. But
if it’s a race and you have to get things done, there’s a couple of different things
depending on the type of mud. If its super wet, wet wet, like its been raining non stop,
there’s like standing water, you can probably run whatever tires you normally run as long
as they’re not too tightly packed because its almost like its not muddy, it’s just wet
out. So, if I normally ran one of these tires, which is a pretty good all around tire, I’d
continue running it. If it started to get really, a little bit more firm, like more
like a peanut butter consistency, what you might be able to do, is if you have some insnips
handy, some cutters, you could cut your tires a little bit for better mud clearing. And
that’s a pretty advanced technique. What you do, on this tire you’d just cut those little
knobs out like that so they are even with that. And opening up, you can see where I
scored it there. But opening up that little bit extra really increases the mud shedding
capability of the tire. Other things you can, you can run lower pressure because that helps
the tire conform more. If you are going to do that and you run tubes, you might want
to put in a heavier weight tube to avoid flats. Because if you are still trying to go fast,
you are going to go fast.