Ice Riding, Snow Bikes and Other Wheeled Winter Fun

Discussion in 'Canada' started by dirtydeeds, Sep 9, 2013.

  1. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    It's September now, it's getting dark earlier and it's time to look ahead.

    Last year I spent a few spare weekends bringing the 350X out to the Blindman River. No studs, just simple, 3 wheel shenanigans.

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    This year, I'll be setting up a bike for ice riding.
    Maybe even look for a Timbersled kit.

    I'm sure there are a bunch of folks with some good knowledge on the subject and others with some questions.

    I'll start by asking if anyone knows of a good supplier for ice studs/spikes/tires?

    Heated hand grips?

    Is it best to use a Trials or Dual Purpose tire to stud?

    Anyone here tried a sport bike on ice?

    Maybe post good ice riding rivers and tracks?

    Reviews on snow bike kits?

    Winter accessories and gear?

    Pictures of winter rides?

    Let the good times roll! :ricky
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  2. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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  3. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Hard to believe in another 4 to 6 weeks we will be "back at it" :D Going to enjoy my dirt and street riding while it's still here.
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  4. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    Anyone try Fournier studded tires?
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  5. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    How about trelleborgs?
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  6. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    He makes the best front tire ever!
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  7. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I ordered a set from him last week for my Husky.
    Looking forward to trying real studs. Sheet metal screws in old dirt bike tires only go so far.
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  8. Big Toe

    Big Toe Been here awhile

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    I've got George Jones tires. Just like Velcro on the ice.
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  9. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    Simmer makes a better rear.
    Breaks loose on deceleration, but hooks up on acceleration with less wheelspin than a Jones tire.
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  10. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    The Fournier tires arrived awhile ago. Couldn't believe how sharp the damn things are. There was no way I was going to go through the pain of mounting them on my rims, in my basement. It would have been like wrestling a Ginsu wielding porcupine.
    $80 at ProCycle in Calgary seemed like a bargain.

    I tried them out at Ghost Resevoir just outside Cochrane. There was a nice track carved out a bit west of the bridge.

    I dug the heated grips out of the box. They'll go on the CB5X and the 990 for the spring. They (Oxfords) were ordered from Amazon for about $80 each. Anyone know a better supplier?

    Regarding Timbersled Kits:
    The Edson KTM shop had a few LT kits last time I spoke to them.

    Question:
    Given the increased mobility generally required to ride a bike over a sled, what riding gear seems to work the best?
    Moto gear with winter layers underneath or regular snowmobile gear?
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  11. RobbieO

    RobbieO Muskokatard

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    If you are riding with your Forniers on the ice.......Full Leathers!
    (with long underwear underneath)


    And maybe a hockey jersey on top........

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  12. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    This is how we do it in the west
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  13. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    I hope I get out to Revy this winter. It's really not looking good. :cry

    I'll hit you up if I get my 510 together.
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  14. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

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    510 is no longer in Rubbermaid containers. Fired it up tonight.
    Timbersled kit will be going on after my next shift up north.

    I think I'll need to do a few mods though. Close in the engine a bit, protect the air box. Advice welcome!
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